Each chapter in these books is devoted to a different characteristic, quality or principle that contributes to the formation of an excellent school. The stories, ideas, strategies and action steps are starting points for educators and parents to begin the dialogue around important teaching and learning issues that face them in their schools.
Beset with constant and often strident challenges to their teaching and leading, many teachers and principals are losing heart and leaving the educational arena. We can’t afford to lose good educators. Many are driven away by lack of support, feelings of despair, loss of passion for their job and pressure to conform. They must find a balance that will allow them to meet the demands for high accountability while at the same time developing strategies that uniquely contribute to every child’s success.
Building a Schoolhousedemonstrates ways in which people can work more successfully with one another in order to realize individual and group goals. Whether you focus on the stories, action steps or content of each chapter, Building a Schoolhouse will present you with opportunities to explore your connections to students, to colleagues and to your passion for what you do.
These books are designed to impact educators and parents on both the personal and professional levels. Readers will be invited to examine their goals, successes and challenges. At the same time, the topics presented in these books provide a rich source of questioning and discussion for faculties and school communities. The ultimate goal for both personal and group inquiry is improved educational opportunities for all students in healthy, motivating and supportive school environments.
Building a Schoolhouse, Vols. 1 &2, invites readers to create a new life view in their classrooms and schools. These books offer educators different perspectives with which to approach each day, encouraging them to ask probing questions and make perceptive observations. Engaging in dialogue with peers, improving skills, reflecting upon their vision and remembering why they love teaching gives educators an opportunity to renew their passion for teaching and leading. See yourself and your job with expanded vision, opening to unique ideas and far-reaching possibilities. Dare to be remarkable!