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 gives some background about his life, work, family, and interests, including the fact that he and his family have turned their garage into a Halloween haunted house every year for the last 30 years (2:52)
The joys of ziplining! (8:00)
Jim traces his career path from his decision as a 6th grader to become an educator up to the present day, and how a teacher that took an interest in him changed his life (10:25)
What it’s like to show up for your teaching job one day and have the superintendent stun you by informing you that you’ve been appointed principal, when you’ve never applied for the job and haven’t expressed any interest in administration (16:10)
If you’re a great teacher of students, you’ll also be a great teacher of teachers (20:35)
Humility + confidence = the key to avoiding coming across as a know-it-all (23:30)
Getting promoted to superintendent, again taking Jim by complete surprise (31:30)
How Jim stays busy in “retirement” – speaking and writing books (36:36)
Books mentioned in this episode
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