Professional Development: Gung-Ho! Leadership Book Study or Field Guide

Educators, from novice to veteran, will all reap benefits from participating in this book study/field guide experience in an on-going professional development activity. This resource can be utilized and implemented in many different facets and scenarios.

The following are a few examples of its implementation:

(1) An independent professional development completed by oneself to improve his/her leadership skills;

(2) A small group, possibly a PLC, of colleagues who work together either in a grade level or department/content area who want to improve leadership skills;

(3) A group of novice administrators looking to improve his/her leadership skills;

(4) A superintendent with a group of school site administrators who want to collectively improve leadership skills; and

(5) A literacy coach who is coaching to improve the leadership skills of a cadre of teacher leaders.

The following can be found in this resource of 50 pages:

(1) A summary of the three fables;

(2) An introduction of the entirety of the story/fable for the reader;

(3) A character’s list for the reader;

(4) Charts to complete that correspond to specified pages and activities;

(5) Approximately 130 discussion questions to complete as the fables are read and discussed in small group;

(6) Fill-in-the-Blank statements that correspond to specified pages within the story;

Activities to Complete Include the Following:

(1) Activity 1: “Worthwhile Work”

(2) Activity 2: “Meaningless Jobs”

(3) Activity 3: “Commitment and Buy-In”

(4) Activity 4: “Values vs. Goals”

(5) Activity 5: “Hold or Roll”

(6) Activity 6: “What’s Our Why?”

(7) Activity 7: “What’s Your Mantra?”

Additionally, there are 10 mini-posters to illustrate each of the three fables and utilize, when needed, for small group discussion.

Gung-Ho! as you all work through this professional development activity regarding improving your leadership skills!

Related Products Include:

(1) Professional Development Book Study: The Energy Bus Leadership Guide and Workbook

(2) Professional Development Book Study: Are You Educating a Fish in a Tree?

(3) Professional Development Book Study: Our Iceberg is Melting!

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Terri Rhea

I have been in the field of education for thirty years. I love what I do everyday; it is truly a passion and I can not imagine doing anything else! I have retired as a gifted, special services, and elementary curriculum director for a large public school district! As well, for two years after retirement from the public school system setting, I served as an elementary school principal for Choctaw Tribal Schools for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians! Currently, I sere as an educational consultant across the state coaching and mentoring teachers, administrators, and superintendents. My passion is that of teaching twice exceptional learners and differentiating their learning experience so that they experience success! My most ignited passion is that of Dyslexia and ADHD learners and how to meet their needs!

In reflecting on my teaching style, I would have to say that my teaching philosophy would be that of first establishing relationships with children-- they don't want to know how much you know until they know how much you care! Next, I believe that children must see the relevance in what they are doing; certainly with Generation Z learners, this has never been more critical! Finally, I believe that children must have real world experiences to truly be engaged in their learning and not just retain material for a test-- Children deserve our best!

Some of the honors and awards that I have received throughout my educational career include: Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching, Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year, Association for Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year, Jones County School District Teacher of the Year, Jones County School District Administrator of the Year, and the Friends of Counseling Award.

In terms of my own educational history, for most of my entire teaching career, I have taught from fourth to eighth grade and loved every minute of it. I have owned a daycare/preschool setting so I also have experience in Pre-K as well. Additionally, I have served as a lead teacher and have experience in leading curricular efforts at each grade level. I have served as an assistant principal as well as a supervising principal. Additionally, I have served as a district administrator guiding and facilitating the gifted program, the special services program, and the elementary curriculum department. After retiring from a large school district, I served as a principal of a Choctaw Tribal School with Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Additionally, I have served as an educational consultant and serve across the state mentoring and coaching classroom teachers, administrators, and school superintendents. Finally, I currently am honored to serve as the assistant school superintendent of a rural school district in Mississippi.

In closing, I absolutely love education and working with children. Additionally, I enjoy consultant work and establishing professional learning communities so that teachers might have the opportunity to be the best that they can be! I also enjoy working with teachers working on their master's degree as well as alternate route teachers-- for without teachers where would we be!

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