Book Reviews: Fearless Conversations Leaders Have to Have

Book Reviews: Fearless Conversations Leaders Have to Have

Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have

“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. How to address difficult issues in a leadership role, for example, is presented in a realistic perspective through real-life examples, vignettes, and personal reflections that come not only from the authors themselves but also from school leaders currently in the field. These proven strategies bring credibility to the authors’ work. I highly recommend this book. It is a practical guide that can help school leaders stay on the forefront of success in their schools.”

Linda PinchamAssociate ProfessorRoosevelt UniversityChicago, IL

“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.”

John L. Brown, Ph.D.Executive Director of Curriculum Design and ServicesAlexandria City Public SchoolsAlexandria, VA

“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. Blake’s leadership almost 20 years ago, I can say with certainty that she has walked her talk and has a way of mentoring and guiding that is real, relevant, and learner-centered, even if that learner is an adult. I can’t wait to share this book with the principals I lead!”

Natalie GraysonSupervisorColumbus City SchoolsColumbus, OH

“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. Fearless Conversations School Leaders Have to Have is seasoned with scenarios that all leaders will undoubtedly encounter in their leadership journey, and provides practical guidelines that light the path for school leaders who are building the collective school experiences for all learners. Rooted in compelling examples, and coupled with engaging approaches, the authors provide a blueprint for fearless communication in our increasing diverse schools.”

Sherida BrittDirector Learning Solutions and ServicesAssociation for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)Alexandria, VA

“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.”

Lynda C. Wood, Ed.D.Retired SuperintendentSouthfield, MISouthfield Public School District

“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.”

Roberto A. Pamas, Ed.D.Associate Professor – Education LeadershipGeorge Mason UniversityFairfax, VA

“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.

The core principles of each of the seven chapters convey an inspirational repertoire of school improvement designs, strategies, organizational tools, and reflections. Any supervisor can utilize these principles when leading of school and/or organizational transformation. The authors’ use of humor to illustrate the intricacies of engaging in powerful conversations via formal and informal contexts offers opportunities to better understand differing perspectives.”

Deborah R. JacksonFormer President (2015)Learning Forward, Inc.Oxford, OH

“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. So the ideas he shares in this book with his colleague, Vera Blake, are truly worth examining to ensure our young people are fully prepared for work and life in the 21st century.”

James BrownNetwork BroadcasterCBS Sports & CBS NewsBaltimore, MD

“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.”

Allison Tennyson-Ibrahim, M.Ed.PrincipalAmerican Creativity AcademyKuwait

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