All In: Taking a Gamble in Education Paperback – November 26, 2019
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"ALL IN would make a great addition to your educational toolbox. I really appreciated the teacher and leader perspectives shared by Nan and Maslyk, as well as the practical and thoughtful ideas for how to collaborate, innovate, and do what's best for kids. Their storytelling style together with the addition of teacher and leader guest voices have hit the jackpot!" - Jennifer Casa-Todd, Teacher-Librarian, and Author of #SocialLEADia
"This book takes relationships to another level. Or should I say it gives you a suite hand on relationships. The casino terms work really well and provide a deeper insight as to how each of the players in education interact with one another. The Pit Boss and Player are not who you think they are. So, I bet you will read it and then give it to someone else to challenge them to go #ALLIN with you." -Rodney Turner, Manager of Educational Success, ClassLink
"Taking risks and allowing oneself to be vulnerable is a double-edged sword. On one side, it can be someone's worst mistake, but on the other side, it can turn out to be the greatest decision one can make. This book provides a framework for the latter. It shows how a trusting relationship between a teacher and administrator pays major dividends not just for the teacher and administrator, but more importantly the students impacted by the risk taking. As Kristen and Jacie put it, education is always changing (hopefully evolving) so all educators should be encouraged and supported to take risks and evolve, too. The willingness of Kristen and Jacie to show vulnerability provided a learning experience for me and I hope others have the same, positive and powerful experience." -Kellee Oliver, Coordinator of Pupil Personal Services
"This book provides more than professional learning. It provides a true perspective on what change looks like from the perspective of a classroom teacher and an administrator. Through open and honest reflection, readers are given a window into a system in flux and those individuals who were willing to take a risk despite their feelings of doubt. This book will help all empathize with the decisions made by others all in the name of student success. It is more than a collection of thoughts, it is a powerful story of what can be done when leaders go ALL IN with the cards they were dealt." -Mike Mohammed, Science Teacher
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You had me at hello aka page one. "Being me seems to be the biggest risk of all." Over a decade into this third career path as an educator, going rogue is my norm and it is reassuring to find others doing the same.
Create your own conversation with the book. I doodled and wrote questions throughout the book. As a careful (takes me forever and a day to read anything) and reluctant (laundry, cleaning, work, honey do list for days) reader, I stayed engaged with the book by connecting in a tangible way. I appreciated the multiple POVs (points of views) throughout.
Making connections. For educators looking to expand their PLN (Planned Learning Network), the book shares numerous opportunities for expanding the scope of your reach. Each chapter ("bet") included an "Ante Up" with snippets of inspiration for further reading, fostering personal/professional growth and more.
Resources. "ALL IN" shares several titles of additional edu books and the "Double Down" questions in each chapter/"bet" propel further guidance/learning.
I hope you enjoy the book. Best wishes on your journey!
This is a must read book for all educators who are ready to go deeper with relationships, learning and engagement.
I couldn't recommend this book more - to anyone - new educator, experienced, administrator. Fantastic read and so inspiring!