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Connecting Through Leadership

The Promise of Precise and Effective Communication in Schools

Strengthen your communication skills in order to inspire, motivate, and connect with every member of your school community, from teachers to students to parents. Overcome the challenges of organizational communication and implement classroom engagement strategies with this self-development resource.


  • Learn how to become a charismatic presenter and promote student engagement with effective communication skills.
  • Gain strategies for having tough conversations central to teacher leadership.
  • Discover how to communicate effectively through written and oral communication.
  • Review the ways in which body language can impact your message.
  • Understand how body language affects communication and other intrapersonal skills.
  • Analyze your communication strengths and weaknesses to create personal improvement goals and build your school leadership abilities.

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Chapter 1: Communicating Through Presentations
Chapter 2: Communicating Through Meetings
Chapter 3: Communicating Through Tough Conversations
Chapter 4: Communicating Through Writing
Chapter 5: Communicating Through Body Language


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5



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  • DuFour, R., & Fullan, M. (2013). Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Kanold, T. D. (2011). The Five Disciplines of PLC Leaders. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.