ACEL Books of the Week

Coaching it Further
Coaching it Further
Coach It Further :
Using the Art of Coaching to Improve School Leadership

Peter M. DeWitt

Practical strategies for building coach-leader relationships
Leadership is complex work. High quality leadership coaching is one of the most effective methods of professional development for leaders. Coach It Further highlights the important aspects of leadership that leaders and coaches can work on together. It includes :

* Authentic stories from leaders and students
* The Collaborative Leadership Growth Cycle, which provides leaders with a starting point and specific steps to take to reach their goals
* Strategies for the four priorities research shows school leaders are most concerned about: collective efficacy, communication, student and family engagement, and political climate
* Reflection questions for leadership coaches to use with their leader-coaches

Industry Reviews

Dr. Peter DeWitt writes from the perspective of someone who has had an exceptionally varied combination of life experiences; the struggling student, the honors student, the teacher in both urban and rural educational settings, the administrator, the scholar, and the advocate for those in need of support. He is a rare combination of theorist and pragmatist and his insights on leadership and coaching are both thought-provoking and useful. They also may help many educators get closer to that ever-elusive good night's sleep.
-- Ron Mulson

In this well-timed book, Peter DeWitt uses evidence-based stories to illustrate how educators can engage in the art of leadership coaching. School administrators will make multiple connections to the realistic, varied, and detailed examples DeWitt uses to illustrate the complexities of leadership. If you're looking to improve the quality of leadership coaching in schools and districts, you'll find thoughtful insights and practical suggestions contained throughout.
-- Jenni Donohoo

Coach It Further is a must-read for school leaders and leadership coaches. This is not your typical professional learning book. I promise you will enjoy reading as you follow the scenario of a principal learning to be coached. You will also make connections with the real struggles of leadership and coaching. This book is chock full of research, tips ,and examples to help you build your self-efficacy as a leader and lead your school to build collective efficacy.
-- Jessica Johnson

Peter DeWitt has a credible authenticity that strikes a chord of recognition with teachers and principals. In Coach It Further he further develops the critical factor of collective efficacy and shows how a skilled coach can help a principal break a school cultural impasse and move a struggling school forward. This excellent book has a readability quality that will engage all readers.
-- Neil MacNeill, Head Master Ellenbrook Independent Primary School Western Australia

224 Pages | Pbk
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The Burnout Cure
The Burnout Cure
The Burnout Cure: Learning to Love Teaching Again

By Chase Mielke

How can you energise yourself to maintain or regain a positive outlook and love of teaching? What specific, immediate actions can you take to enhance your well-being and thrive both on and off the job?

Award-winning teacher Chase Mielke draws from his own research, lesson plans and experiences with burnout to help you change your outlook, strengthen your determination to be a terrific teacher and reignite your core passion for teaching.

Often lighthearted, yet thoroughly grounded in research on social-emotional learning and positive psychology, The Burnout Cure explains how shifts in awareness, attitudes and actions can be transformational for you and for your students. The book describes specific steps related to mindfulness, empathy, gratitude and altruism that you can use on your own and with students via classroom lessons and activities. Equipped with these tools, teachers can be their best, so they can give their best to the learners in their care.

PBK | 230 Pages
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Your Students, My Students, Our Students
Your Students, My Students, Our Students
Your Students, My Students, Our Students: Rethinking Equitable and Inclusive Classrooms

By: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, Lee Ann Jung, Julie Kroener

Your Students, My Students, Our Students explores the hard truths of current special education practice and outlines five essential disruptions to the status quo. Authors Lee Ann Jung, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher and Julie Kroener show you how to:

Establish a school culture that champions equity and inclusion

Rethink the long-standing structure of least restrictive environment and the resulting service delivery

Leverage the strengths of all educators to provide appropriate support and challenge

Collaborate on the delivery of instruction and intervention

Honor the aspirations of each student and plan accordingly

To realise authentic and equitable inclusion, we must relentlessly and collectively pursue change. This book – written not for "special educators" or "general educators" but for all educators – addresses the challenges, maps out the solutions and provides tools and inspiration for the work ahead. Real-life examples of empowerment and success illustrate just what's possible when educators commit to the belief that every student belongs to all of us and all students deserve learning experiences that will equip them to live full and rewarding lives.

PBK | 164 Pages
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Solution Focused Practice in Schools
Solution Focused Practice in Schools
Solution Focused Practice in Schools

By Yasmin Ajmal, Harvey Ratner

Solution Focused Practice is a change-focused approach to enabling people of all ages to make progress in their lives by emphasising what is wanted in the future, amplifying successes and highlighting the capacities and skills available to support progress.

Grounded in the reality of the day-to-day challenges of school life, Solution Focused Practice in Schools: 80 Ideas and Strategies offers dynamic, practical, down-to-earth and jargon-free applications of the Solution Focused (SF) approach that can create energy and movement in even the toughest of situations.

From working with individuals to considering organisational developments, this book explores the SF approach using numerous examples and sample questions that can be adapted for any situation and whether the time available is long or short.

The reader will gain ideas about how to:

move beyond ‘don’t know’ responses in individual discussions with students to create dialogues where difference and change can occur

invite classes into constructive conversations about building the classroom environment that brings out the best in students, whether there has been a concern or not

address key issues such as confidence, motivation, resilience and dealing with set-backs

build detail around potential and effective futures in coaching, consultations and meetings

support the development of policies and procedures at an organisational level

support solution-based conversations using play, role play, video and other creative techniques.

This book is an excellent resource for managers, teachers, SENCOs, mentors, counsellors, coaches, psychologists, social workers and all those who work in a supportive capacity in schools to promote the learning and well-being of both students and staff.

PBK | 138 Pages
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