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Flipping Leadership Doesn't Mean Reinventing the Wheel


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Preface Introduction 1. Connected Learning: The Precursor to Flipped Leadership What is Connected Learning? Vignette About Twitter and Social Networking Building a PLN 2. To Flip or Not to Flip...and Other Lame Excuses Why Flip? The Haters Is Flipping a Passing Fad? Flipping Out the Classroom 3. Flipped Faculty Meeting How to Flip a Faculty Meeting How It Leads to Better Discussions Examples and Action Steps 4. Flipping Parent Communication Why? How Does It Help School Communication? How It Helps Build a Better Home-School Partnership 5. How to Flip Communication It's What You Make of It How I Do It

About the Author

Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) is a former K-5 teacher (11 years) and principal (8 years). He runs workshops and provides keynotes nationally and internationally focusing on collaborative leadership, and fostering inclusive school climates. Within North America, his work has been adopted at the university and state level, and he works with numerous districts, school boards, regional and state organizations where he trains leadership teams and coaches building leaders. Additionally, Peter is a Visible Learning Trainer for John Hattie, and was an Instructional Coach for Jim Knight for several years. He is the Series Editor for the Connected Educator Series (Corwin Press) and the Impact Series (Corwin Press) that include books by Viviane Robinson, Pasi Sahlberg, Yong Zhao and Michael Fullan. His Finding Common Ground blog (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/) has been published by Education Week since 2011. He is the 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State's (SAANYS) Outstanding Educator of the Year, and the 2015 Education Blogger of the Year (Academy of Education Arts & Sciences). Peter is the author of several books including Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most (Corwin Press/Learning Forward) and School Climate: Leading with Collective Efficacy (Corwin Press/Ontario Principals Council. 2017) and Coach It Forward: Using the Art of Coaching to Improve Leadership (Corwin Press. 2018). His articles have appeared in education journals at the state, national and international level, and he has presented at forums, conferences, and panel discussions at state, national and international conferences. Some of the highlights has been to present for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), ASCD and NBC's Education Nation.


"Education is plagued by outdated leadership strategies and techniques that have long lost their luster. Peter DeWitt provides a fresh look at how leaders can make use of precious time while increasing the effectiveness of meetings and communications. His message is a call to action for leaders to jump on the train before it is too late." -- Eric Sheninger, Principal
"After reading this book, my mind is racing with ideas! I have already started planning for flipped faculty meetings as a way to maximize time with our staff. I am also really intrigued by the possibility of student led conferences. The opportunity to empower our students and allow them to use their voices to link home and school is an important opportunity we cannot miss. Peter's thoughts on the power of being a connected educator and leader and being comfortable with technology are ones that resonated with me because the best way to prepare our students for the future is to model it for them today. This book is a must read for all educators, and especially educational leaders!" -- Tony Sinanis, Principal & Corwin Author of The Power of Branding

"Peter is the principal of the flipped! He flipped his teaching, flipped his staff meetings, flipped his newsletters, and shows the passion of flipping! The story shows his emerging passion for backward design, for working from what needs to be realised to how we then attain such success, and for listening and carrying his staff with him. The book describes a principal's road to realising how to see the world in a different and more powerful way."

-- John Hattie, Author, Visible Learning
"Peter DeWitt has a great idea, here: taking the flip concept and applying it to leadership. If you're looking for innovative ways to improve staff meetings and other collaboration within your school, you'll get a lot out of this book." -- Jim Knight, Research Associate and Corwin Author, High Impact Instruction
"Utilizing the methods of flipped leadership, principles facilitate better management and communication with their faculty, parents, and students, and interact in a deeper level of discussion. With broadcasting tools such as TouchCast, Peter demonstrates how easy it is to promote your ideas through flipped videos and use the valuable time in one-on-one sessions for meaningful dialogue. " -- Dr. Ayelet Segal, Head of Education
"As of now there are about 20 books in the Corwin Connected Educator Series, a seemingly ever-growing set of titles masterminded by Peter DeWitt and Corwin Press. Each book is short enough to be read in one sitting, which makes the collection ideal for book studies and professional development, both during the summer and throughout the school year. Also, each paperback is authored by one or two educators who speak (and blog, tweet, etc.) with a credible voice in the world of connected education. Some of the topics include:
  • Flipped leadership
  • Tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities
  • Blogging for educators
  • Best practices for establishing a makerspace
  • Tools to connect and empower teachers

Finally, all of the authors are active on social media, and they regularly present at local conferences, which helps in bringing to life the contents of these books."

-- Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12

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