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Learning and Leading Professional Learning News, January 2021 Edition: Educational Leadership
Happy New Year and welcome back to school!

We trust you are well-rested and have renewed hope for the second half of this school year.

As you begin a new term, the new year presents an ideal opportunity to support a renewed focus on educational leadership. In the January edition, you will find all the latest books and professional development for leaders, as well as information on the upcoming PLC at Work® Virtual Summit, free reading from our new title Leading PLCs at Work® Districtwide, and a recorded online book study from Canada’s Karen Power and Jeanne Spiller on their book Leading with Intention.

P.S. This past fall, we launched Leading and Learning to help share information and resources with Canadian educators. As we publish each edition, we look forward to hearing your feedback, learning about the content you value most, and how we can improve future newsletters. Send us your newsletter feedback at [email protected].

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New and Best-selling Books
Leading with Intention
Leading with Intention
Eight Areas for Reflection and Planning in Your PLC at Work®
By Jeanne Spiller and 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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SOUL!
SOUL!
Fulfilling the Promise of Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader
By Timothy D. Kanold
A long-awaited companion to the wildly popular HEART!, SOUL! empowers educators to take another giant leap toward fulfilling their professional promise.
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Deep Change Leadership
Deep Change Leadership
By Douglas Reeves
Change efforts often fail to meet their desired ends. Learn how to make a real, sustainable impact.
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Leading PLCs at Work® Districtwide
Leading PLCs at Work® Districtwide
From Boardroom to Classroom
By Robert Eaker, Mike Hagadone, Janel Keating, and Meagan Rhoades
With this resource as a guide, you will learn how to align the work of every PLC team within your district.
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Leading PLCs at Work® Districtwide Plan Book
Leading PLCs at Work® Districtwide Plan Book
By Robert Eaker, Mike Hagadone, Janel Keating, and Meagan Rhoades
Specially designed for leaders, this plan book includes weekly planning pages, checklists, and self-reflection tools.
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Responding to Resistance
Responding to Resistance
Thirty Strategies to Manage Conflict in Your School
By William A. Sommers
Acquire a set of wide-ranging strategies to decisively and efficiently address conflict with staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders.
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Connecting Through Leadership
Connecting Through Leadership
The Promise of Precise and Effective Communication in Schools
By Jasmine K. Kullar
Strengthen your communication skills to inspire, motivate, and connect with every member of your school community, from teachers to students to parents.
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Moving Beyond Busy
Moving Beyond Busy
Focusing School Change on Why, What, and How
By Greg Curtis
Break the cycle of endless busywork to achieve sustainable change with the support of this resource.
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Professional Development
Leadership Professional Learning
Develop leadership to drive change at the classroom, school, and district levels with our Leadership Professional Learning Services. When you’re ready to request professional learning from a Solution Tree expert, we’ll help you find the right fit for your schedule, whether it’s one full-day session, two half-day sessions, or three two-hour sessions.
Leadership Coaching Featured Presenters
Karen Power
Karen Power
Karen Power is a consultant and a former teacher, principal, superintendent, and senior advisor for professional learning and leadership. Karen lives in New Brunswick and supports school and district leaders throughout Canada and the US.
François Massé
François Massé
François Massé is a former Superintendent of Education in Ontario and has been working in collaboration with educators across Canada to transform school culture and support and sustain professional learning communities.
Greg Kushnir
Greg Kushnir
Greg Kushnir is the principal of Esther Starkman School in Alberta. An educator for more than 25 years, he is a former high school and middle school teacher, middle school assistant principal, and K–6 principal.
Jasmine K. Kullar
Jasmine K. Kullar
Jasmine K. Kullar, EdD, is an assistant superintendent for Cobb County School District, the second-largest school district in Georgia. Originally from Canada, Jasmine has expertise in building and supporting professional learning communities and school leadership initiatives in both Canada and the US.
Solution Tree Expert Spotlight: Karen Power
Karen Power is a consultant and a former teacher, principal, superintendent, and senior advisor for professional learning and leadership. Karen has implemented the PLC process both as a principal and as a superintendent, and for several years, she has supported collaborative, school improvement work to meet the needs of students. Karen is also the co-author of Leading With Intention: 8 Areas for Reflection and Planning in Your PLC at Work®.
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Karen Power
Upcoming Events
Facing the Future Portable Event
Facing the Future
Teaching In and Out of the Classroom Portable Event Package
In the Facing the Future Portable Event Package, education experts dive deep into some of the most complex issues to emerge during remote learning—from assessment and intervention to equity and engagement.
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The Summit on PLC at Work®
The Summit on PLC at Work®
Virtual Event | February 2–4, 2021
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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Free Resources
Free Chapter
Free chapter
Access a free chapter from Leading PLCs at Work® Districtwide to learn how effective leadership can positively impact every level of education.
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Free Reproducible
Free reproducible
Use this simple project planner from Leading PLCs at Work® Districtwide Plan Book to help your leadership team plan and monitor tasks and due dates and optimize efficiency and efficacy in your PLC.
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The Solution Tree Blog
"The Leadership Team and Intervention Team: Who Are They? What Do They Do?" by Paula Rogers and W. Richard Smith
As a foundational point, members of the LT and IT must believe and be committed to the premise that every staff member must bear responsibility for all students' learning. Without the teams' unified voices of commitment to ensuring that all students can and will learn at high levels, there will never be the collective responsibility and accountability that motivates all staff to seek solutions when a student is struggling and needs support to learn…
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Paula Rogers and W. Richard Smith
Videos to watch and share
Five Ways of Being: What Learning Leaders Think, Do, and Say Every Day | Jane Danvers, Heather De Blasio, and Gavin Grift
In this interview with the authors of Five Ways of Being: What Learning Leaders Think, Do, and Say Every Day, Jane Danvers, Heather De Blasio, and Gavin Grift provide their thoughts on everything from what leadership is to the most crucial aspects of a highly effective leadership team.
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Free Webinar: Mind the Gaps featuring Nicole Dimich
More than ever, leading districts and schools requires focused, organized, and consistent practices. Through reflection and personal commitment, you can build your own leadership toolbox ready for any challenge or change. Through this pre-recorded book study, recharge your leadership battery and walk away with a few priorities to tackle first.
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Additional Reading & Listening
Featured Podcast Episode
Solution Tree Associate Karen Power joins the Hurley in the Morning podcast from voicEd Radio to discuss how intentional and courageous leadership can have a powerful impact on schools in this difficult time for education.
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Hurley in the Morning on voicEd Radio
Report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
School leaders in OECD countries are facing challenges with the rising expectations for schools and schooling in a century characterized by technological innovation, migration and globalization. As countries aim to transform their educational systems to prepare all young people with the knowledge and skills needed in this changing world, the roles and expectations for school leaders have changed radically…
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