Peter DeWitt, Ed.D
School Climate: Leading With Collective Efficacy (Corwin Press/ Ontario Principals Council. 2017).
School climate is one of those issues that teachers and leaders understand is important, but they’re just not always sure they have time to focus on it. This is flawed thinking because school climate is not another thing on the plate of educators in a school community, but the very plate that everything else sits on. When we focus on social-emotional learning, high impact teaching learning and teaching strategies, and self-efficacy and building the collective efficacy of staff, all of which are vitally important to student growth, it is the school climate that can make or break how we move forward with any of those.
Peter DeWitt has provided us with a powerful and timely book on the growing phenomenon of ‘Collective Efficacy’. The Six Chapters contain a goldmine of ideas, resources, tools, surveys, action steps and reflective questions. What I like best is that the book is grounded equally in research and practice. This is an urgently needed book, and you will learn a lot from it!
Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto
School Climate Change: How Do I build an Inclusive School Climate (ASCD. August 2014) Co-authored with Sean Slade.
Flipping Communication Doesn't Have to Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin Press. August 2014).
Break away from the old ways of communication and revolutionize leadership and communication at your school. Use the principles of connectedness and flipped learning to engage stakeholders—teachers, administrators, and parents—digitally, so they’re ready for engaging and productive discussions when you meet in person. Featuring action steps, reflections, and “connected moments,” plus more resources online, this book shows you how flipped leadership:
Makes the school community visible to parents
Creates authentic staff meetings
Maximizes communication between parents and school
Models effective use of technology
"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
Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most (Corwin Press/ Learning Forward. 2016).
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.
"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
Dignity For All: Safeguarding LGBT Students(Corwin Press. 2012).
Students who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgendered are susceptible to dropping out of school. This book provides professional development ideas and real-life vignettes that will help educational leaders foster a more caring school culture not only for LGBT students, but for all students. Peter DeWitt provides specific strategies for school leaders that include:
Implementing a student code of conduct and school board policies to safeguard students
Helping staff members recognize and respond to overt and covert LGBT issues
Ways to include appropriate LGBT topics in the curriculum
Supporting Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) in middle and high school settings
Nominated for the American Library Association's Over the Rainbow Award!
Foreword Review 2012 Book of the Year Finalist!!!
“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.”