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Courageous Journey Feature anywhere” learning through in approach has led to improved the use of the Apple® MacBook student achievement district wide. Bibliography One-to One computer initiative. Abrams, J. (2009). HavingIn closing, since August 2010 the Beecher • A district-wide grading scale with Community School District leadership Hard Conversations. Thousand the elimination of the “zero” team has read, synthesized and imple- Oaks: Corwin Publishing. grade has been implemented. mented the tenants of several books that Blanchard, K, Lacinak, T., Tompkins, • A district-wide assessment deal with the various aspects of school C., & Ballard, J. (2002). Whale Done! and intervention model has leadership (see bibliography at right). New York: Simon & Schuster. been implemented to challenge and remediate student learning. By modeling and providing professional The New Psychology of Success.Mindset:Dweck, C. S. (2006).development opportunities to the • The conversation has begun about leadership team, we have transformed New York: Random House. creating a balanced calendar our district leaders into systemic Fullan, M. (2001). Leading In a for elementary students to thinkers who look for continuous Culture of Change. San Franciso: address summer learning loss. opportunities to improve our system. Jossey-Bass & Sons, Inc. These are just a few of the initiatives Maxwell, J.C. (2007). The 21This change in thinking will ultimately that have come to fruition as a result Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.lead to the total transformation of the of professional conversations that have Nashville: Thomas Nelson.Beecher Community School District. taken place via the book studies. It Maxwell, J. C. (1993). is also important to note that there Josha L. Talison, Ed.D., is superintendent of the Developing the Leader Within You. has been little administrative turnover Beecher Community School District in Flint, Nashville: Thomas Nelson. since my arrival at Beecher. Thus, the Michigan and a member of Cohort 7 (Tier 2) Peters, S. (2006). Do You Know same individuals who were focusing of the Courageous Journey. His educational Enough About Me to Teach on day-to-day sustainability have now focus is on best practice instructional practices Me? Orangeburg: The Peters adopted and implemented a visionary and providing dynamic learning opportunity Group Foundation. approach to leadership. This change for students. Peters, S. & Peters, A. (2009). Choosing to Believe: Creating a Framework for School Success. Orangeburg: The Peters Group Foundation. Patterson, K., Grenny, J. Maxfield, D., McMillan, R. & Switzler, A. (2011). Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success. New York: Business Plus. Pink, D. (2009). Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. New York: Riverhead Books. Pink, D (2006). A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brain-Brainers Will Rule the Future. New York: Riverhead Books. Quinn, T. ( 2010). In The Arena. Old Mission: Quinn and Associates, Ltd. Tough, P. (2008). Whatever it Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. www.gomasa.org 27


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