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You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero
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You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero
Leading a Hero-Building School Culture

First Edition


June 2020 | 208 pages | Corwin

Create a culture and climate that produces real heroes

The future of our schools depends on leaders who can foster every day heroism in others. This doesn’t require supernatural powers. It requires a willingness to be intentional in building heroes in our communities who are ready to get things done and take on the demands of the future.   

You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero will help you create the climate that produces these heroes. Hero-building work will help you look deeply into your school culture and see yourself and your students and staff in a fresh, powerful way. Readers will find:

·         Training ideas for leadership teams

·         Instruments for gauging progress

·         Practical steps for building courage into practices

·         Practical strategies to help navigate the complexities of creating an extraordinary school

·         Hero-building stories from the field

Written with an inspiring tone, this book will empower school leaders to lead in a way that unleashes staff and students to be superheroes in their communities. 

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1—Heroes in the Hallways
Introduction

 
Principal Makes House Calls

 
Manufacturing Our Future

 
Telling Your School’s Story

 
Leading By Example

 
Culture Wins Out!

 
Authentic Leadership

 
Heroes Are Built

 
Hero Sighting

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 2—Look Deep Inside: See What Students and Staff Really Bring to School
The Invisible Backpack

 
A Culture Of Relationships

 
A Culture Of Resources

 
A Culture Of Interventions

 
A Culture Of Wisdom

 
Seeing The Invisible

 
Super Hearing And Dangerous Thoughts

 
Gap Kids

 
Hidden Strength

 
Hero Sighting

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 3—True to Life Leadership and Learning
Lies We Tell Ourselves And Believe

 
High Risk Means High Rewards

 
Growth Challenge on FORWARD Rubric

 
Failure Is An Option

 
Hide Your Mistakes And Weaknesses

 
Front Runners Win

 
Settling

 
Sustainability

 
Consensus

 
Innovation Is For Crazy People

 
Leaders Must Be The Loudest Voice

 
Hero Sighting

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 4—Unleash the Voice and Choice of Students
Is Your Hearing Good?

 
School Reform Through Student Voice

 
Social Media And Student Voice

 
Letting Students Lead

 
Gauge Your Student Voice Level

 
Student Choice

 
School Showcase

 
Hero Sighting

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 5—Lead Like an Alien: Out of This World Ideas to Produce Hero Students
Break Down Historical Barriers

 
Procrastinators Produce

 
Bells Are Barriers

 
Grades Matter Most

 
Repetition Is Wrong

 
Tradition Holds Us Down

 
Homework Helps

 
Think Differently

 
Hero Sighting

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 6—Build Resilience: Raise Your Grit Score
WHADITW

 
Perfection Before Action?

 
Public Praiser

 
This Too Will Pass

 
The Distractor

 
The Overbearing Octopus

 
Passive Resistance

 
Negative Self-talk

 
Hero Solutions For Students

 
Hero Sighting

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 7—Go Big or Go Home: Empower Students to Be Global Game Changers!
Shoes For Esperanza

 
Give A Hand

 
Kangaroo Cup

 
Saddle Innovation

 
Rain Garden

 
Ocean Cleanup

 
Think Big, Act Big

 
Expand Your View

 
Leading Big

 
Hero Sighting

 
Hero Training

 
 
Chapter 8—Be Courageous: Risk It All for What’s Right
Origin Stories

 
Super Courageous Fortitude

 
Courage To Be Authentic

 
Courage To Ask For Help

 
Courage To Be True

 
Courageous Conversations

 
Courage To Shatter The Status Quo

 
Hero Sighting

 
Hero Training

 
 
References

What an innovative approach to highlighting and demystifying the work we do as school leaders at all levels! If you’ve every dreamed of flying, having super strength, or being invisible, and you engage in the worthy work of building up young minds, this is the book for your. Bill Ziegler and Dave Ramage provide great examples and models for the best “super-hero” traits we have and use to make bold differences. Excelsior!

Derek McCoy

Once again, Bill Ziegler and Dave Ramage have nourished the profession with a fearless and compelling compilation of anecdotes, strategies, rubrics, and inspiration that will benefit any school leader. Every child needs a hero and every child can be a hero. This work highlights real-life heroes in our schools and how to build heroes in students and teachers. Read these stories and engage these heroes on your social networks to build your encouragement network. I am most excited to take away and use their tools for increasing student voice and choice to make my school even better!

Carrie Jackson
Northwest High School, Justin, TX

In this deeply inspiring book, Ziegler and Ramage show educators how they can have a positive impact on all of the students in their schools. Superheroes are no longer just for movies; they are real people and have real stories illustrated in this book.

Peter DeWitt

Bill Ziegler and Dave Ramage have written a must-read book for today’s school leaders! Their commitment and dedication to creating positive cultures will inspire school leaders to make real life changes in their practice that impact staff, students, and the entire school community. They equip and empower you to build heroes in your schools to change our world for the better.

Matt Moyer
Rupert Elementary School

Bill Ziegler and Dave Ramage remind us of what’s most important—our students. And they remind us of our ultimate purpose—inspiring and empowering those students to thrive. As Gandhi challenged us to “be the change we wish to see,” Ziegler and Ramage challenge us with the reality that “leadership carries a moral purpose.” We are changing lives! We are shaping the future! You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero is immensely practical. It features the stories of school leaders who are doing the great work now! It is a handbook for school leaders everywhere who are committed to building cultures in their schools that allow their students to soar.

Danny Steele
University of Montevallo

Ziegler and Ramage continue to up the leadership ante with their latest book, You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero. Another book for the leader in all of us, it hits on key needle-moving points about the need for relationship, innovation, and voice and choice for our learners. The voice and choice chapter forces educators to include our kids in decisions. This book talks empowerment! In these chapters you will find practical pieces to implement from the ones that know the current vibe of education—practitioners! The book also has great tools for reflection that helps us to ask the tough questions of why and how.

Darren Ellwein

You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero is empowering and practical. Ramage and Ziegler write from a place of deep credibility and their latest take on servant leadership is sure to inspire. To top it off, the vast cadre of school leaders they feature will not only help you hone in on your why, but they will help you with your how—making this one of the most actionable school leadership titles I’ve seen.

Brad Gustafson

Real heroes shatter the status quo and build cultures where students and staff are loved and supported each day. In this inspiring book, Bill Ziegler and Dave Ramage share stories of successful hero-builders who inspire us to change the world, one kid at a time. If you want to live up to your hero status, read this book and implement the powerful practice in your school immediately. Your students and staff will thank you!

Salome Thomas-EL

The world of education is hard. It is sometimes difficult to find the positives in what we do. Although I do not believe that any educator gets into education to be a superhero, I think educators need to see how our work is extraordinary—not because we set out to be extraordinary but because we find our work meaningful, personal, and rewarding. This book highlights practical ideas from people working in the field of education. It calls attention to some of the little things that have made incredible impacts on their students, schools, and communities. Bill Ziegler and Dave Ramage have done an outstanding job helping to remind educators of why they became educators, inspired people to some new perspectives, offered encouragement, and given us a call to action that our superpowers are making a difference in the lives of our students every day.

Mariah Rackley

In the busy world of the principalship, leaders must realize the power within themselves to design and implement strategies that capitalize on the strengths of the school community. In their book, You Don’t Need Superpowers to Be a Kid’s Hero: Leading a Hero- Building School Culture, Ziegler and Ramage’s concept of Hero Sightings, Hero Training, and Hero Simulations is a genius way to put practical strategies in the hands of school leaders through reflective activities at the end of each chapter. A true resource for principals who believe in their powers to transform their school community.

Mary Pat Cumming
The FAIR School

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