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"Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have is a necessary read for any school leader seeking to learn how to use strong educational principles in order to reach academic excellence on a global scale. The authors expertly describe the methods that will create a motivational learning environment for the entire school community."
"Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have is a professional “toolbox” for aspiring as well as experienced school administrators and teacher leaders or any educator who cares about meeting the needs of today’s student learner. Drs. Jones and Blake have provided a book that is clear and engaging. It is loaded with real-world advice.
"The title of this book, Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have, invites educators of all levels of school reform to follow the authors on an authentic journey to find moral and ethical harmony while discovering best practices for teaching and learning, alike.
"Fearless Conversations Leaders Have to Have is the kind of book principals are eager to devour, especially those new to the profession. Jones and Blake share powerful insights and provide real life fearless leadership examples and non-examples that can help to shape a principal's leadership vision. Their awareness of the challenges and opportunities principals face when they walk through the doors of their schools every day makes this book a must-have. As a new teacher under Dr.
"Filled with practical suggestions and reflective opportunities, this relevant and comprehensive book provides an excellent resource for active school administrators or students in training to be school administrators. With a focus on all practitioners, the authors, using clear and concrete examples, have provided a basis for understanding of topics related to the profession. This book provides valuable insights and perspective from two proven leaders and should be required reading for certification courses."
"Given how quickly our increasing diverse world is changing, there are few more urgent challenges than engaging leaders in effective communication strategies that build functional relationships that transform schools and education systems.
"This book is timely, practical, and clearly anchored in the rich leadership and coaching experiences of the writers. This book is a must read for all leaders and aspiring leaders at the building and central office level. This book will also be useful at the university level where new leaders are being prepared and inspired."
"This book is a treasure trove of great advice, anecdotes, and wisdom from two highly successful principals and educational leaders. It will be especially useful to new administrators confronting the challenges and powerful opportunities present in schools today, especially urban centers characterized by diversity, rising expectations, and diminishing resources."
"I am enthusiastic about Dr. Irving Jones' book, Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have. I have witnessed many times in group settings, his inclusive, thought provoking and intellectually stimulating manner in ensuring that we arrive at creative and effective solutions. And I know this is born out of his 25 years of success in the educational arena. He has been recognized as the Outstanding High School Principal in Virginia, NASSP/MetLife National Principal of the Year and a much sought after educational consultant.
"Irving Jones, Sr., and Vera Blake guide readers along the path to thoughtful education reform in Fearless Conversations Leaders Have to Have: Step Out of Your Comfort zone and Really Help Kids.
"Jones and Blake take proven strategies from the field and provide you with a structure to work and lead with the wisdom and creativity needed today in our schools. We can’t build the future for our students by perfecting the past and this book provides the compass points we need to follow on the journey. Our profession needs more books like this!"
"Successful school leaders set the tone, climate, and culture for their teams, departments, and schools; Jones and Blake have a firm grasp on this notion and provide effective and practical strategies for leaders of learning to accomplish this. As challenging as educational leadership is today, Jones and Blake approach this topic with “hopeful realism” and an understanding that fearless conversations are essential if school leaders hope to enhance instruction, improve student results, and build capacity among stakeholders.