Too often educational leaders are caught in a "culture of nice," finding it difficult to give their teachers and staff critical feedback to improve their practice. This important book helps leaders become both candid and compassionate, unrelenting and supportive, and demanding yet caring. Exploring real scenarios and situations, this book helps you through the common traps of trying to improve performance, and the strategies to move beyond these pitfalls to achieve desired results. Addressing best practices for driving change such as informal feedback mechanisms, collaborative decision-making, and teacher leadership, this important book will help you create a trusting and supportive environment where you can have candid educational conversations in person and in writing, during informal chats, in PLCs, and with other leaders.

chapter 1|14 pages


The Circle of Nice

part 1|2 pages

Informal Teacher Feedback

chapter 3|21 pages

Candid and Compassionate Feedback that Works

Examples to Guide Practice

part 2|2 pages

Collaborative Decision-Making

chapter 4|15 pages

Leading Effective Meetings and PLCs

chapter 5|37 pages

Improved Meetings with Candor and Compassion

Examples to Guide Practice

part 3|2 pages

Improving Teacher Leadership

chapter 6|11 pages

The Need for Teacher Leadership in Schools

chapter 7|37 pages

Candid and Compassionate Conversations to Restructure Leadership Learning

Examples to Guide Practice

chapter |4 pages


Outside of the Circle