Imagine a school with a culture so positive that everyone thrives: students and educators alike. Classrooms are lively, students feel they’re part of a community that cares about them, and teachers are happy and productive. Too good to be true? Not in a ridiculously amazing school.
There are many of them all across the country. What are their secrets to success? In this book, principal Tracey Smith and Jeff Waller, co-author of The 7 Mindsets to Live Your Ultimate Life, show how taking care of educators first—and cultivating supportive relationships—results in profound and positive changes. Smith and Waller explore the five key elements of what they call courageous schools: schools that understand it takes a “whole” teacher to teach the “whole” child. They reveal the one variable that stands out as a predictor of sustained excellence…and it isn’t about leadership style, teaching practices, or demographics.
There’s no question that teaching is hard work with little instant gratification, and too many educators go to work each day feeling unappreciated and overburdened. But it shouldn’t—and doesn’t—have to be that way.
Smith and Waller offer practical solutions and a road map to drive real and meaningful change within the school and classroom. It’s possible to create a nurturing climate where teachers are respected and have the power to transform lives…not just their students’ lives, but their own.
Ridiculously Amazing Schools...uses powerful anecdotes to deliver important messages. Tracey and Jeff have delivered an engaging and accessible framework for transforming the lives of our educators and the students they teach.
A unique and uplifting book that focuses on how to support teachers...The key is investing in our people, their well-being, and the relationships we cultivate among them. Jeff and Tracey provide conditions for success and practical guidance to help educators create schools students need. The time is now!
Ridiculously Amazing Schools is a very practical blueprint of how to take seemingly ordinary schools and the culture within them to the next level of excellence!! I loved that right off the bat they point out that you can’t teach a ‘whole’ child without addressing the whole teacher... In today’s educational climate of research based, data driven assessments and standards, it’s easy to forget that at the core of our schools, and the educational outcomes we seek, are the relationships within them. A school climate is palpable...positive or negative. To create change...inspire a teacher! This book absolutely does that! All educators should be able to find inspiration from the stories and suggestions they find inside. Also, the tools to put any or all of the suggestions into practice are awesome!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get started on their own ridiculously amazing journey!