Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4758-5530-2 • Hardback • October 2020 • $56.00 • (£43.00)
978-1-4758-5531-9 • Paperback • October 2020 • $29.00 • (£21.99)
978-1-4758-5532-6 • eBook • October 2020 • $25.50 • (£19.99)
Michael S. Gaskell, Ed. D. is a veteran principal who has written numerous articles about practical solutions to challenges and problems in education. Dr. Gaskell presents at conferences, works to mentor new administrators, and has a refreshing approach to the inevitable challenges’ educators encounter every day.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction/The Quick Chat Intervention
Chapter 2. There’s More Power in Persuasion than Push
Chapter 3. The 1-Liners that Disarm any Parent, Student, or Others in Difficult Situations
Chapter 4. Applying the Rule of 9s to Approach every Challenge with Success
Chapter 5. Taking on Test Anxiety with 3 Simple, Effective Strategies
Chapter 6. The Smartest Educators Steal
Chapter 7. The Importance of the 80/20 Principal of Management
Chapter 8. Getting Your School/Classroom to Perform Its Best in “Flow”
Chapter 9. How I Know if It’s All Working or Not, and What to Do about It
Chapter 10. Utilizing Non-Faculty Adults to Improve Your School Culture
About the Author
It takes a special kind of person to work with middle schoolers (the word crazy comes to mind!), let alone lead a school of them. Dr. Gaskell is that kind of person, and his passion for this age group rings clear in his original, insightful, and deeply helpful advice and anecdotes. This book is a must-read for anyone in K-12 who wants to be more effective and memorable.
— Ellen Ullman, co-owner and Chief StartUP Officer of UP Creative, and former editorial director of eSchool Media
In these pages, you'll find the kind of practices that can be applied minutes after you read about them. Free of jargon and over-theorizing, Gaskell's work can give any educator valuable advice and ideas.
— Daniel Moran, author and supervisor of social studies, East Brunswick
This book is a must read for any educator who seeks to balance the daily challenges of their job in order to focus on what is most important – the students! Dr. Gaskell has done an exceptional job of bringing together informative, practical, and tested strategies that will be highly useful for today’s professionals. A much needed addition to an educator’s bookshelf!
— Jo Ann Magistro, retired superintendent, East Brunswick Schools
The school workplace is a stressful, demanding environment that requires strong leadership. Mike Gaskell is a very knowledgeable principal who brings a unique blend of middle school experience and a passion for excellence. He sees the big picture while attending to the little things that allow teachers to grow and a school to flourish. Mike focuses on the child as a learner where their social, emotional, and cognitive needs are paramount. His book will be a “must read” for those who want to make a positive difference in the classroom and school.
— Willis C. Bott, former principal of Rye Middle School, Rye, NY and East Brook Middle School, Paramus, NJ