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Future Focused Leaders

Future Focused Leaders
Relate, Innovate, and Invigorate for Real Educational Change

Foreword by Salome Thomas-EL

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June 2017 | 192 pages | Corwin

Promote the skills and experiences that equip students to thrive in the future!


Future Focused Leaders concentrates on three areas, Relate, Innovate, and Invigorate, that will engage and empower school leaders to effectively prepare students and educators for the future. This book provides best practices, practical tools, and research-based strategies that educators can immediately apply for sustainable innovation in their leadership. With maintaining positive change in mind, this book also offers:

  • Examples, vignettes, and activities for reflection and action
  • A self-evaluation rubric to check your ability to relate, innovate, and invigorate
  • Visit Chase Learning for video and audio resources, as well as a leadership simulation for team practice

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About the Authors
Chapter 1: Conversational Leadership: Leadership Driven by Relationships, Listening, and Communication
School Leader’s Story: Listening to Student Voice

The Conversation Is the Relationship

More Meaningful Meetings

School Culture

School Leader’s Story: Building Authentic Relationships

Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities

School Leader Simulation (SIM): The Bully Teacher

Chapter 2: Communication Builds Community: Telling Your School Story Together
School Leader’s Story: Telling Your School’s Story

Branding Your School

Digital Media Tools


School Leader’s Story: Communicating by Relating

Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities

Chapter 3: Connecting to Make a Difference: Building Relationships With the Entire School Community
School Leader’s Story: Connecting Students With Their Community

Connecting for Learning

School, It’s Not Just for Students Anymore

School Leader’s Story: Engaging the Community

Partnerships to Strengthen Learning

School Leader’s Story: Making a Difference for Others

Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities

Chapter 4: Shift in How We Do School: The Changing Architecture of Learning and Schooling
School Leader’s Story: Increasing Parent Involvement

Holding Back Innovation: Comfort, Cost, and Courage

A Future Crisis: Pulling Away From the Past to Save the Future

Physical Environment

School Leader’s Story: Empowering Students

Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities

Chapter 5: Digital Leadership, Learning, and Technology: Digital School Leaders Making a Difference for Students
School Leader’s Story: Modeling Digital Learning

You Think You Have Problems?

SwERI Framework

Future Design Learning Environments

School Leader’s Story: Technology Supports Student Interest

Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities

Chapter 6: Nurturing Creativity: Strategies for Leaders to Inspire Creativity in Their Teachers, Students, and Parents
School Leader’s Story: Creating Space for Creativity

The Fourth Revolution

Growing Creativity

School Leader’s Story: Creative Solutions for Authentic Problems

Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities

Chapter 7: Inspiring Others to Greatness: Principals Inspiring Teachers, Students, and Parents for Amazing Things
School Leader’s Story: Getting All Voices Heard

Making a Lasting Difference

Culture Changes in Education

Returning to the Call

School Leader’s Story: Community Members Inspiring Students

Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities

Chapter 8: Building on Strengths: Leadership That Focuses on Strengths and Celebrates the Success of Others
School Leader’s Story: A House Undivided

The Power of Team

Focus on Strengths

School Leader’s Story: Stronger Together: Collaborating for Success

Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities

Chapter 9: Servant Leadership: Serving the Students, Staff, and Community to Ensure They Get What They Need to Learn
School Leader’s Story: Serving the School Community

Kindergarten Lessons

School Leader’s Story: Supporting Students’ Ideas: “Make It Happen”

Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities

Chapter 10: Learning Is the Goal: Leadership That Resists Trends and Quick Fixes
School Leader’s Story: Supporting Leadership Throughout the School for Learning

A Lead Learner

Do What Matters

Resist the Quick Fix

Keys to Learning as School Leaders

Celebrate Learning

School Leader’s Story: Changing a School Culture for Learning

Relate, Innovate, Invigorate Activities


"Future Ready touches on all the topics that are relevant to school leaders today. Bill Ziegler and Dave Ramage hit on those nagging obstacles we face as school leaders and provide real examples of school leaders that turned obstacles into opportunities to innovate an invigorate their students, staff, and community relationships. The solutions offered in this book are unique and replicable . . . The book challenges the status quo and pushes the reader to look at obstacles as an opportunity to innovate."

Nancy Alvarez, Assistant Principal
Lawson Early Childhood School, McKinney TX

"This is School Leadership 101—a comprehensive view of current and evolving leadership practices in an era of shared leadership, social networking, and envisioning the future of public education."

David G. Daniels, High School Principal
Susquehanna Valley High School, Conklin NY

"The authors eloquently tell stories of educators in the trenches leading change, and enhance them with innovative resources. This book contains nuggets of information that are attainable for all of us, and will be a source of reference for me when setting goals. Ziegler and Ramage have produced a must read for all school leaders, and a reflective tool for leading and managing change."

Bethany Hill, Principal
Central Elementary School, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

"Equity, sustainable change, innovation, moving the deep-seated attitudes of a community - these are all matters of CULTURE. These issues transcend a single classroom. None of this stuff can take hold without principal leadership.  Our work is so important, and it’s crucial that we get it right. This book provides practical inspiration for all future focused leaders."

Alan Tenreiro, NASSP Principal of the Year 2016
Cumberland High School, Cumberland, RI

"School and district administrators understand that the role of leadership has become more complex and changes rapidly in response to demands and expanding knowledge.  A major role for school leaders is to harness the expertise in their schools to lead successful transformations.  Future Focused Leaders:  Relate, Innovate, and Invigorate for Real Change provides perspective, ideas for implementation, as well as inspiration for any leader.  If you're looking for a book that will help you leverage digital tools, jumpstart innovation or design learning environments where creativity is encouraged and transforms learning, then look no further!  Bill Ziegler and Dave Ramage have successfully curated ideas and examples that will get you on your way!"

Tammy Gibbons, Director of Professional Development & Information
Association of Wisconsin School Administrators, Madison, WI

"Bill and Dave capture the essence of school leadership bringing it to life through their voices and the dynamic, authentic actions of school leaders across the nations.  School leadership is about passion, people, and communication. They bring these qualities to the forefront with practical, and replicable examples that make a difference in schools nationwide. Read this and prepare to “Relate, Innovate and Invigorate”, you will be the difference."

Michael E. Allison, Principal
Hopewell High School, Aliquippa, PA

Used this book as part of a book study for the Leadership Interns when COVID hit and the Interns needed case studies and discussions.

Dr Maureen A Patterson
Education Leadership, Le Moyne College
September 1, 2020

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 4

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