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About Jimmy Casas
Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as a school leader, including fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the Best High Schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.
Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for NASSP 2013 National Secondary Principal of the Year. In 2014, Jimmy was invited to the White House to speak on the Future Ready Schools pledge. Jimmy is also the author of seven books, “What Connected Educators Do Differently,” “Start. Right. Now. - Teach and Lead for Excellence,” the best-selling book “Culturize – Every Student. Every Day. Whatever it Takes,” “Stop. Right. Now. – The 39 Stops to Making Schools Better,” "Live Your Excellence: Bring Your Best Self to School Every Day," "Daily Inspiration - Positive Thoughts for Every Day of the Year," and his latest release, "Handle with Care: Managing Difficult Situations in Schools with Dignity and Respect."
Finally, Jimmy is the owner and CEO of J Casas & Associates, an educational leadership company aimed at organizing and providing world class professional coaching and learning services for educators across the country.
You can follow Jimmy on Twitter @casas_jimmy, Instagram at casas_jimmy and via his blog at http://www.jimmycasas.com/
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In this book, you will learn:
- What it takes to cultivate a school culture in which every student and staff member feels seen and heard.
- How to treat student and staff missteps as opportunities for teaching and learning based on dignity and respect.
- How to build leadership capacity and Culturize school pride.
- The value of student-centered classrooms and school-related programs.
CULTURIZE Your School.
Average schools don’t inspire greatness—and greatness is what our world needs if we are going to produce world-changing learners.
In Culturize, author and education leader Jimmy Casas shares insights into what it takes to cultivate a community of learners who embody the innately human traits our world desperately needs, such as kindness, honesty, and compassion. His stories reveal how these “soft skills” can be honed while meeting and exceeding academic standards of twenty-first-century learning. You’ll learn...
* How to reach those who seem unreachable
* What to do when students disengage or drop out of school
* How to ensure your learners feel cared for and empowered
* How to create an environment where all learners are challenged and inspired to be their best
“Jimmy Casas guides readers to understand that school culture must be a daily focal point for all school leaders.”
—Beverly Hutton, Ed.D., Deputy Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
“No matter your title or profession, page after page of this book will inspire you.”
—Kayla Delzer, CEO, Top Dog Teaching Inc.
“Read this book to culturize your school and to live your excellence—every day.”
—Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools
Creating the best school experiences for students and educators isn’t about doing more; it’s about doing the right things.
School can be amazing. But for far too long, many practices have continued simply because of the phrase “that is the way we have always done it.” The status quo and average results are no longer acceptable!
In Stop. Right. Now. authors and education leaders Jimmy Casas and Jeffrey Zoul identify 39 practices, programs, processes, philosophies, and people problems that schools must eliminate in order to improve education for all involved. Schools are inspiring and joyous places, but they can be so much better. In this book, the authors invite you to join a campaign to do less by. . .
- Putting an end to "more solely for the sake of more"
- Not doing things merely because they have always been done
- Saying no to what doesn’t work
- Finding better ways to serve students—and the entire school community
What does it take to be the very best teacher—or the very best leader? What sets excellent educators apart from their peers? And how can you join their ranks? In their work leading up to Start. Right. Now. Todd Whitaker, Jeff Zoul, and Jimmy Casas studied educators from across the nation and discovered four key behaviors of excellence:
Excellent Leaders and Teachers...
Know the Way
From their content to best practices, these educators know their stuff.
Show the Way
Casting a bright vision for the future, these educators see possibilities where others see problems.
Go the Way
Leading by example is a way of life for the very best.
and Grow Each Day
A focus on personal and professional development helps these educators succeed.
Wherever you are on your journey as an
educator, choose to become even greater
still—our kids are worth it.
Start. Right. Now.
In this third volume of the Routledge Great Educators Series, ten of education’s inspiring thought-leaders come together to bring you their perspectives on how to improve equitable outcomes in your school or classroom, so that all students have what they need to succeed. You will learn how to overcome barriers to equity of access; embrace a student’s cultural capital; attract and retain a diverse talent pool; incorporate intersectional identities in an inclusive classroom; implement more equitable assessment practices; build resilience and equity through chess; advance equity in early childhood programs; abolish a culture of competition and work toward a culture of cooperation; and increase stakeholder commitment to racial equity. Appropriate for K–12 educators at all levels, the book provides strategies, insights, and inspiration to help you lead for equity and make real changes in your classroom, building, and community.
The best educators never stop learning about their students or their craft. In this second volume of the Routledge Great Educators Series, ten of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders come together to bring you their top suggestions for improving your students’ learning in the classroom and your own professional learning as an educator.
You’ll gain fresh insights on learning how to…
· Influence others and make a greater impact as a leader. (Todd Whitaker)
· “Unlearn" traditional practices that no longer serve our students. (Jeffrey Zoul)
· Be vulnerable and willing to learn from and with colleagues. (Jimmy Casas)
· Master your emotional intelligence to improve people skills. (Sanée Bell)
· Shift the focus from grading to standards-based learning. (Garnet Hillman)
· Create student-centered learning environments with flexible seating. (Kayla Dornfeld)
· Balance the role of technology in your life and plug in more intentionally. (Jessica Cabeen)
· Focus on the non-negotiables for success with the hardest-to-reach kids. (Brian Mendler)
· Apply a cross-curricular, design-thinking approach to your curriculum. (Erin Klein)
· Connect with colleagues and students for true collaboration. (Derek McCoy)
The book’s practical strategies and stories will inspire you on your journey to make a difference in students’ lives.
How do great educators bring about real change to make a difference in students’ lives? In this first volume of the Routledge Great Educators Series, 10 of education’s most inspiring thought-leaders come together to share their top suggestions you need right now to innovate in your school or classroom. You will gain fresh insights and practical strategies on these essential topics:
- Personalizing professional learning (Jeffrey Zoul)
- Promoting a positive school culture (Todd Whitaker)
- Improving our hiring practices (Jimmy Casas)
- Designing spaces that maximize learning (Thomas C. Murray)
- Empowering students in their learning and assessments (Starr Sackstein)
- Flipping the classroom to reach each student (Kirk Humphreys)
- Positioning libraries as learning hubs (Shannon McClintock Miller)
- Helping others embrace technology changes (Katrina Keene)
- Developing personal, not just professional, skills (Dwight Carter)
- Embracing each student's passions and strengths (LaVonna Roth)
Filled with inspiring stories throughout, the book will leave you feeling motivated to take risks and try new things in your own school or classroom. As the authors say, if we want to make a real difference, it’s not enough to do the things we do better; we must also do new and better things!