Adapting for Equity: Chicago’s Story

Adapting for Equity: Chicago’s Story Districts that Succeed: Karen Chenoweth’s new book, Districts that Succeed: breaking the correlation between race, poverty and achievement, is a great book.  Chenoweth tells how five districts, large and small, have created student achievement success. She used the research by Sean Reardon (Stanford) showing district outliers that outperformed districts with…

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Review: Improvement in Action

Review:  Improvement in Action: by Anthony S. Bryk What a gift! This book captures 30 years of school DISTRICT improvement and provides six case studies. Anthony S. Bryk shares insights from the forefront of the improvement field: Chicago: For many years, Anthony Bryk, headed the University of Chicago Consortium for School Research.  They identified 100…

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MORE … from my bookshelf

MORE Books of interest in Leadership, Equity, World Travel … and Best Sellers Hope Finding Muchness: How to Add More Life to Life by Kobi Yamada and Charles Santoso | Jun 29, 2021 Another winner.  Kobi Yamada writes kids books … for grown ups.  Blub says, Recommended for ages 99 and younger.  Wonderful pictures.  Whimsical.  Filled with messages of hope,…

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Strategic Voice

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Strategic Voice – A Review of … Strategic Planning: An Interactive Process for Leaders By Dan R Ebener, and Frederick L Smith, 2015, Paulist Press Strategic Voice   Looking ahead builds forward momentum.  Post-pandemic we need fresh voices for the future.  This short book offers great ideas for engaging staff and community in strategic thinking and…

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From My Bookshelf: The Art and Science of Getting Better

Deliberate Practice … key to getting better Three new books this month on getting better.  Each of these mini-reviews adds meaning to our theme of deliberate practice and communities of practice. Communities of Practice work.  A community of practice is a group of people who share an interest in getting better.  The concept, from Lave…

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More Books on Leadership, Equity … and a Thriller

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More from my bookshelf – March 2021 More books on leadership, equity, history … and.a thriller Leadership: The Motive: Why So Many Leaders Abdicate Their Most Important Responsibilities (J-B Lencioni Series) by Patrick M. Lencioni  | Feb 19, 2020 The shortest book ever.  Do we aspire to BE executives … or DO the hard work of executing?  Do…

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Review – Helping People Change

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Excerpts:  Helping People Change: coaching with compassion for lifelong learning and growth Richard Boyatzis, Melvin Smith, Ellen Van Oosten   Keys to growing high capacity leaders – Larry Kyle Schwartz, a third-grade teacher, suspected there was more to know about her students than their enrollment data or standardized test scores.  To be a truly effective…

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Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity

Review: Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The keys to successful equity implementation By Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple When students feel a sense of belonging they will achieve. – Brenda CampbellJones For … or against Being against racism … or achievement gaps … is a start.  But the real question, according to the authors…

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More Books on Belonging and Black History

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More Books – February 2021 More Books from: Recent Reads Belonging Black History Interested in other topics? Email me @ or text me @ 425-418-4398.   Current Reads: Experimentation Works: The Surprising Power of Business Experiments by Stefan H. Thomke  | Feb 18, 2020 Businesses run, collectively, more than one test for every person living in the…

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Agile and Adaptive Leadership

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Excerpts:  Leadershift: The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace by John C. Maxwell  | Feb 5, 2019 Adapt to survive and thrive Perhaps at no other time in recent history has adaptability been more important than it is now.  – John Maxwell Maxwell shares 11 essential changes—leadershifts—for adapting our leadership to the future. The top three leadership…

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