Jim’s first book, What Every Superintendent and Principal Needs to Know is a national best seller. In addition Jim has written: Teachers Change Lives 24/7, The Perfect School, Finding Middle Ground in K-12 Education, The Art of School Boarding, and The Principal’s Toolbook. He also has written two focus books: The Rights and Responsibilities of School Principals and How to Create the Best Staff Possible.
Jim’s presentations and books are both practical and useful. His goal is to leave his audience with the desire of making a positive difference and with the tools to get it done.
Jim talks about the responses to his first book from educators all over America, and how they led him to write and co-author several other books (2:07)
The right way to view your role as an educator (4:30)
The one thing that former teachers did that encouraged so many of today’s educators to choose this career (8:40)
How one bad encounter can make a student remember a teacher forever as The Wicked Witch of the East (9:35)
How Jim made sure he was always focused and positive when dealing with students, and how he helped his teachers to become the “baggage handlers” that so many students need, and the importance of helping other staff members deal with the issues in their own lives (10:45)
Very practical advice for teachers and administrators thinking of writing a book someday (22:24)
The best leadership advice Jim has ever received (35:05)
Jim highly recommends these books for leaders in education, and aspiring leaders (36:04)
Jim’s advice to administrators for working with the students you serve – no two students are exactly alike (39:08)
Jim’s advice to administrators for working with the teachers you serve (41:01)
Here’s the advice Jim would give his younger self if he had a time machine and could back to when he was just starting out as an educator (42:33)
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