Nominated for the American Library Association's Over the Rainbow Award.
Foreword Review 2012 Book of the Year Finalist!!!
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“Dignity for All is a wise book that will help administrators, teachers, and parents work together to make sure that our schools are welcoming for all our students. Every school has an obligation to create an environment in which all students are encouraged to develop their talents to the fullest. Peter DeWitt's thoughtful book provides the insight and ideas to lead the way in including LGBT students.”
“All learners who enter the schoolhouse door deserve to find there adults who receive them with eagerness and optimism, work diligently to understand their strengths and needs, and create an environment that maximizes their development. In this book, a group of students that is often little understood and frequently maligned finds a voice. Educators whose reach extends to every student will discover here a deeper understanding of these students’ needs as well as sound advice on addressing those needs.”
Carol Ann Tomlinson
“School leaders set the tone and define the culture of their buildings. Peter DeWitt offers an important resource for teachers and administrators that will help create a positive culture and an inclusive school for all students.”
"Dignity for All provides educators with critical information on the experiences of LGBTstudents in our schools and how to create safe and affirming spaces for theseyouth. Grounded in his experience as a teacher and school administrator, Peter DeWitt makes vital knowledge accessible for those on the front lines in schools."
Eliza Byard, PhD, Executive Director, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
"While DeWitt's suggestions seem basic, he recognizes that in many schools it takes courage to speak for the rights of LGBT students. He observes, "Those schools that stand up for LGBT students are putting themselves at risk, but our best social justice leaders always put themselves at risk because they know what they are doing is right, no matter the consequences."
What type of leadership do you practice? If your answer is transformational or instructional, you’re not alone. Many of us rely on these tenets. But there are better advantages in applying a holistic angle including all stakeholders—an approach known as collaborative leadership.
Peter DeWitt unpacks six leadership factors in Collaborative Leadership, all framed through the lens of John Hattie’s research. Adding insight, practical experiences, and vignettes, DeWitt paints a powerful scheme: meet stakeholders where they are, motivate stakeholders to strive for improvement, model how to do it.
"Collaborative Leadership brings together the essence of how leaders maximize impact. DeWitt unpacks Hattie’s six leadership keys, adds his own considerable insights and makes the whole phenomenon of efficacious leadership come alive with vignettes, and ‘meet, model, and motivate’ ideas in each chapter. Above all, he makes it personal. Be a better leader, he urges, and then shows the way." Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus. OISE/University of Toronto
"Peter DeWitt's brilliant book is by a proven leader for other leaders. It shows that collaborative leadership means more than distributing responsibilities, including others in decision-making, or managing data teams. Collaborative Leadership is about working or laboring together to accomplish extraordinary things. It is about defining directions as a community and also implementing them to best effect. DeWitt is a hugely accomplished writer, stellar blogger on social media, and the most humble leader you could meet. You will be unable to put this truly inspiring and deeply practical book down." Andy Hargreaves, Brennan Chair in Education. Boston College
"It is time we realized that the top-down model of leadership often guarantees failure in professional communities. Peter DeWitt offers us a way forward with a revolutionary new approach to leadership that recognizes that everyone’s brain is required for complex change—not just the brain of the “leader.” If you want to have an impact, you should study this book and put these ideas into practice as soon as you can." Jim Knight, Author of Instructional Coaching and Director, Instructional Coaching Group
“This book is much more than about collaborative leadership. It feels collaborative for it has a generous and inclusive tone and is packed with the authentic voices and stories of students, parents, teachers, leaders and researchers. It provides a strong case for being collaborative and will inspire all who read it to reflect on their understanding of what it means to be a collaborative leader and on how they can increase their educational impact through greater collaboration.” Viviane Robinson, Academic Director and Distinguished Professor. University of Auckland Centre for Educational Leadership
"Peter DeWitt's comprehensive combination of Hattie's evidence, personal and practical experience, clear, useable frameworks and illuminating blogs and articles make the case for collaborative leadership a cause for immediate action." Shirley Clarke, independent education consultant and Associate. University College London Institute of Education
Corwin Press Best Seller!!!
Flipping Communication Doesn't Have to Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin Press. August 2014). Part of the Connected Educator Series.
"Education is plagued by outdated leadership strategies and techniques that have long lost their luster. DeWitt provides a fresh look at how leaders can make use of precious time while increasing the effectiveness of meetings and communications."
—Eric Sheninger, Principal
"DeWitt shows his emerging passion for backward design, for working from what needs to be realized to how we then attain such success, and for listening and carrying his staff with him. The book describes a principal’s road to realizing how to see the world in a different and more powerful way."
—John Hattie, Author, Visible Learning
"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."
- Ross Cooper. Edutopia
A collection of chapters offering alternatives to accountability and standardization
No Testing Week: Focusing on Creativity in the Classroom by Peter DeWitt
With chapters by Alfie Kohn, Monty Neill (Fair Test), Joe Bower, Brian Rhode, P.L Thomas and many others.Published by Peter Lang USA (Spring, 2013).
Peter DeWitt, Ed.D