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Essential Lessons for School Leaders



August 2011 | 160 pages | Corwin
Keep these heartfelt gems top of mind. This gold mine of wisdom from top education researcher and bestselling author of Turning Around Failing Schools and Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement contains key tips and strategies every school leader should know. Award-winning professor and former school administrator Joseph F. Murphy's concise and instructive lessons will help you stay focused on what matters most as you navigate the hectic world of high-stakes testing and accountability:

It really is all about the kids: Optimism is essential, Caring counts a lot, Listen and let people finish talking. Don't confuse excuses and explanations. Each lesson is coupled with context in a few sentences taken from Murphy's extensive real-world experiences. This collection is ideal for use in daily reflections, speeches, staff meetings, presentations, or as a gift to anyone who works with children.

"Joseph Murphy has artfully captured the essence of educational leadership through a series of essays that extrapolate the truths as well as the myths about what leadership is and is not. This book reflects the powerful lessons learned by the author from his experiences as a school leader and an educator."

Essie H. Richardson, Leadership Coach
Coaching for Results, Columbus, Ohio

“What a great book. I enjoyed this so much and remember many conversations with Murphy about some of these lessons. This will be a bestseller.”

Jacquelyn O. Wilson, Director, Delaware Academy for School Leadership
University of Delaware Georgetown, DE

“I am enjoying reading your book so much! There is such truth and beauty in your words of wisdom!”

Jan Irons Harris, Superintendent
Cullman City Schools, AL

"Joe Murphy has gifted all of us with a fun read and a wonderful source of reflection."

Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director
Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC

"School leadership as learning is about the relationship between and among people. Essential Lessons for Schools Leaders provides current and aspiring leaders with an abundance of thoughtful corollaries to guide purposeful leadership for improving the lives of students."

Betty Burks, Deputy Superintendent of Teaching & Learning
San Antonio Independent School District, TX

“In Essential Lessons for School Leaders, Murphy shares powerful insights from his extensive work with educators across the country. This book teaches important professional and personal lessons, while often making us smile. Readers may recognize many leaders they have encountered, making this a perfect gift for leaders both inside and outside of the schoolhouse.”

Karen Peterson, Director, Induction/Mentoring Partnerships
Governors State University, University Park, IL

"The author’s wisdom and wit are engaging and entertaining, causing the reader to alternate between smiling and nodding, pausing and pondering, and rereading and reflecting. Essential Lessons for School Leaders is a testimony to the author’s deep knowledge of school cultures and his reflection on his rich and broad professional experience."

Jackie A. Walsh, Consultant and Author
Montgomery, AL

"Murphy's Essential Lessons for School Leaders will impress readers from the outset as they quickly learn they have found a book they will continue to return to for advice on how to lead successfully and avoid leadership mistakes."

Thomas Payzant, Professor of Practice and former Boston Public School Superintendent
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
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ISBN: 9781452203249

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