Lead Like a Teacher: How to Elevate Expertise in Your School (Paperback)

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For the sake of students, close the empathy gap between the classroom and the front office.

Far too often, teachers and administrators are adversaries within a school or district and display a mutual distrust and disrespect for each other’s perspectives. Yet when this dissonance can be overcome, the result is a more-harmonious school environment that promotes student achievement.

In Lead Like a Teacher, instructional specialist Miriam Plotinsky urges secondary school administrators to lead more effectively by actively listening to teachers and welcoming their expertise. Each chapter examines one of nine key aspects of leadership and offers specific, creative solutions to the complex challenge of empowering change.

Moving from a micro to a macro focus as the book progresses—from classroom instruction to schoolwide initiatives—Plotinsky provides administrators with the tools to build and maintain collaborative leadership structures. This thoughtful approach to secondary leadership provides an actionable plan to dismantle some of the biggest barriers to achieving school excellence.

About the Author

Miriam Plotinsky is an instructional specialist with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, where she has taught and led for more than twenty years. Also a National Board Certified Teacher and certified administrator, she lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Praise For…

Lead Like a Teacher is what we need in our hands right now. Miriam Plotinsky’s book redefines school improvement as we know it.

— Matthew J. Bowerman, MA, MEd, elementary school administrator and speaker/trainer, writer for Edutopia, AMLE, and NAESP, emmy award-winning writer/director and author of Heartleader

Lead Like a Teacher is a roadmap to preventing and addressing crises, recognizing and resolving interpersonal misunderstandings, and improving hiring, observation, and evaluation processes. It’s the perfect guide for any leader who wants to partner productively with staff, improve teacher retention, and ensure that everyone in their building feels heard, seen, and valued.

— Phyllis L. Fagell, LCPC, school counselor, licensed professional counselor, and author of Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School

Lead Like a Teacher addresses the biggest challenges teachers and administrators face, including unfortunate realities about life inside a school today. Miriam Plotinsky’s honesty is what teachers and leaders need to emulate as educators every day.

— Kevin Scott, MA, ME, teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781324030836
ISBN-10: 1324030836
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English