Dr. Muhammad is recognized as one of the field’s leading experts in the areas of school culture and organizational climate. His work has allowed him to work with schools in all 50 U.S. states, 10 Canadian provinces, the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Dr. Muhammad is a best-selling author of several books, including: Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effect Change; The Will to Lead and the Skill to Teach; Transforming Schools at Every Level (2011); Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division (2009); and a contributing author to the book The Collaborative Administrator: Working Together as a Professional Learning Community (2008). Anthony has also published 26 articles in education journals and publications in seven different countries.
Anthony talks about his background, dedicating his life to make sure kids get a fair shake in education, getting a track scholarship to Michigan State, and his love of TV shows about judges (2:36)
Anthony explains why he wrote his book Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap (5:05)
An extended discussion of some of Dr. Muhammad’s ideas and proposals for closing the achievement gap (7:54)
All about New Frontier 21 , Anthony’s team of consultants, which is widely considered to be one of America’s best provider of services to teachers and administrators to schools of all kinds across the country (16:29)
Anthony discusses his career path, starting with growing up in Flint, Michigan, requesting to be assigned to the most disadvantaged school in Lansing for his first teaching job, to where he is today, and some of his major motivations that spurred him on (19:25)
Moving from teaching into school administration, which he never envisioned early in his education career (23:30)
Some of the reasons Anthony moved into administration and then into consulting (28:43)
Some of the obstacles Anthony has faced and overcome in his career as a school leader (30:09)
How Anthony balanced his school leader responsibilities with raising six kids (36:13)
Anthony’s greatest moment came from setting the Big Hairy Audacious Goal of seeing every student pass every course and then making it happen (38:33)
The best leadership advice Dr. Muhammad ever received – every day, spend some time reading a book or magazine or website about education (40:39)
A clear vision and great relationships with students, teachers and parents were Anthony’s greatest strengths (41:40)
Anthony discusses several books that have made a big impact on his career (42:30)
His advice for school administrators on working with students – you can’t truly serve someone you don’t understand or don’t respect (43:36)
His advice for school administrators on working with teachers – don’t ever forget what it was like to be a teacher (44:53)
If Dr. Muhammad had a time machine and could magically transport himself back to when he was just starting out in school administration, the most important thing he would do differently would be to get parents involved in their child’s education much earlier (45:16)
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