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A highly anticipated companion to the wildly popular HEART!, SOUL! empowers educators to take another giant leap toward fulfilling their professional promise. This self-reflection resource offers professional wellness tips and strategies that foster a collaborative, positive school culture, leading to increased teacher efficacy.


  • Become more confident, joyful, whole, healthy, and balanced in your professional life.
  • Explore the four actions of SOUL—searching, overcoming, unifying, and living—that will help you sustain a fulfilling professional life.
  • Learn the concept of a soul story, diving into what it is and why it is so important to your well-being and emotional health.
  • Understand your own soul story, and reflect on how you can use it to create good in others.
  • Learn how to overcome challenges and obstacles that hinder you from fulfilling your soul story.
  • Discover how to create a positive, thriving school culture focused on meaningful relationships and collaboration.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Developing Your SOUL Story—S Is for Searching
Chapter 1: The Soul Asks, “Now What?”
Chapter 2: A Perfect Pair—Heart and Soul
Chapter 3: In Loco Parentis
Chapter 4: In the Name of Social Justice
Chapter 5: The Second Mountain
Chapter 6: No Compassion, No Soul
Chapter 7: The Soul Story Whisperers
Final Thoughts: The PLC Life Is a Seeking-Systems Life

Part 2: Developing Your SOUL Story—O Is for Overcoming
Chapter 8: Lost and Overwhelmed
Chapter 9: The Shallows
Chapter 10: SASHET
Chapter 11: Anger Never Wins
Chapter 12: Good Enough, for Now
Chapter 13: The Road Less Hardened
Chapter 14: A Season of Obstacles
Final Thoughts: The PLC Life Is a Corrosion-Free Life

Part 3: Developing Your SOUL Story—U Is for Unifying
Chapter 15: E Pluribus Unum—Thriving in Community
Chapter 16: Beyond Bricks and Mortar—Belonging
Chapter 17: Beyond Collaboration—Intimacy
Chapter 18: Beyond Collegiality—Vulnerability
Chapter 19: Beyond Tolerance—Validation
Chapter 20: Beyond School—Community Engagement
Chapter 21: The Quietude Quest
Final Thoughts: The PLC Life Is a Balanced, Unified Life

Part 4: Developing Your SOUL Story—L Is for Living
Chapter 22: The Date Always Arrives
Chapter 23: Carpe Diem
Chapter 24: Mirror, Mirror
Chapter 25: Soul Story Courage
Chapter 26: Joy, Gratitude, and Grace
Chapter 27: One More Trip Around the Sun
Final Thoughts: The PLC Life Is a Bene Life



  • Kanold, T. D. (2017). HEART! Fully forming your professional life as a teacher and leader. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Muhammad, A., & Cruz, L. F. (2019). Time for change: 4 essential skills for transformational school and district leaders. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.