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Education news, tips, & resources for December
Welcome to the December 2021 edition of Learning and Leading.

This month’s focus is on K–12 instructional leadership. In this edition you will find new and best-selling books to support you in your role as a school or district leader, as well as upcoming professional development opportunities and free resources.

As we approach the end of 2021, we want to thank our readers and all educators for the support you have given your students and school community during another challenging year. Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season and a happy 2022!

—Solution Tree Education Canada
New and Best-selling Books
Leadership at Every Level
Leadership at Every Level
By Janelle Clevenger McLaughlin
Leadership is a mindset, not a position. This resource empowers educators at all levels to nurture their leadership skills and grow as lifelong learners.
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Leading a Competency-Based Elementary School
Leading a Competency-Based Elementary School
By Robert J. Marzano, Brian J. Kosena
Implement an effective competency-based education system and lead your school to mastery with the help of this valuable guide.
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The Deliberate and Courageous Principal
The Deliberate and Courageous Principal
By Rhonda J. Roos
Dive deep into five essential leadership actions and five essential leadership skills that will prepare you to fully step into your power as a principal.
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Leveraging the Impact of Culture and Climate
Leveraging the Impact of Culture and Climate
By Steve Gruenert, Todd Whitaker
Leverage the power of culture and climate to drive deep and lasting change for school improvement.
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Powerful Guiding Coalitions
Powerful Guiding Coalitions
By Bill Hall
With clear guidance, this book examines every aspect of how to create, develop, and sustain a powerful guiding coalition.
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Leading with Intention
Leading with Intention
By Jeanne Spiller, Karen Power
Designed as a guide and reflective tool, Leading with Intention will help focus your invaluable everyday work as a school leader.
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On-site and Online
Professional Development
Solution Tree Leadership Professional Learning empowers leaders to drive change at the classroom, school, and district levels. Count on our experts to help you build strong leadership skills across your school or district and ensure the success of both staff and students. Learn more »
Expert Spotlight
Timothy D. Kanold
Timothy D. Kanold, PhD, is an award-winning educator and author, and a national thought leader in mathematics. He is former director of mathematics and science and served as superintendent of Adlai E. Stevenson High School District 125, a Model PLC at Work™ in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Request PD »
Upcoming Events
Virtual Workshop
The Virtual Summit on PLC at Work®
Virtual Event | March 1–3, 2022
Build and sustain a strong, collaborative PLC. This unique virtual event brings together some of the brightest, most respected minds in education. You’ll hear dynamic keynotes and attend powerful breakouts designed to help infuse the PLC at Work® process into every aspect of your school or district.
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Virtual Summit
Student Self-Assessment Virtual Workshop
Virtual Event | March 4, 2022
In this practical workshop led by assessment expert Katie White, participants will explore key practices that ensure self-assessment lives within the learning process while building independence, engagement, and decision-making skills for students of all ages.
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Virtual Summit
The Virtual Summit on RTI at Work™
Virtual Event | March 30–April 1, 2022
Deepen your expertise with sessions on behavior, scheduling, English learners, leadership teams, progress monitoring and more designed to increase individual and collective efficacy. Learn directly from experts who have firsthand experience implementing the RTI at Work™ process.
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Free Resources
Free Chapter
Free chapter
Access a free chapter from The Deliberate and Courageous Principal that examines the importance of establishing a school vision focused on learning.
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Free Reproducible
Free reproducible
Use this tool from The Deliberate and Courageous Principal to reflect on creating a school vision and begin work on your next steps.
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The Solution Tree Blog
Strengthen Your Skills in Literacy Leadership
By Karen Power and Kathy Tuchman Glass
Striking the balance of a focus on management and leadership is a daily dilemma for school and district leaders. Never has this been more critical or obvious than the school year that is…
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Karen Power and Kathy Tuchman Glass
Videos to watch and share
Evolve as a school leader and agent of change. This short video introduces Five Ways of Being, a research-backed resource for increasing achievement through school leadership strategies.
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Embrace the opportunity to envision and create a “new normal.” In this recorded webinar, Jay McTighe and Greg Curtis offer a compelling vision for a contemporary education.
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Additional Reading & Listening
Featured Article
Questions, Not Answers: Principals’ Path to Instructional Leadership
By Warren Aspenes and Pamela Adams
Article: Exploring Identity During Independent Reading
In both our careers, we intuited early that the quality of teaching in each classroom signaled in many important ways the overall quality of the school, a claim for which there is substantive support in educational literature…
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Featured Podcast
The School Leadership Show
With Dr. Mike Doughty
Article: Unmasking Hidden Heroes through Creative Writing
Dedicated to helping practicing and aspiring school leaders realize their potential, advance their careers, and achieve work-life balance, this podcast brings together the greatest minds from inside and outside of education to deliver the insights and tools you need to succeed in school leadership.
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Lori Veres
For more information on Solution Tree Education Canada
resources and PD, please contact Lori Veres at [email protected].
Are you an avid reader of professional books for K–12 educators? We are looking for reviewers to provide feedback on new books in development. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please let us know by emailing [email protected]
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