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The Mindful First Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School by Valerie Brown Kirsten Olson
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Big results come from small steps.

Written with school leaders in mind, this inspirational yet practical handbook teaches you how to add mindfulness into your day, bit by bit, whether you are sitting in your office or walking down the hall. With mindfulness, you will get better at managing meetings, responding creatively to complex situations, and achieving resilience―you will become a more effective leader and a more positive force for your staff and students. Features include:

  • Real-life profiles of mindful school leaders
  • Practice exercises to try right away
  • Guidance so you know if you are "doing it right"
  • Hard-to-find resources, including mindfulness apps
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*** 2010 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist in Education

*** 2009 Notable Education Book by American School Board Journal

''Kirsten Olson has written a book that is at once intellectually engaging and replete with usable resources and proposals for action.... May this splendid book be read, discussed, taken to heart, and put into action by a growing company of educational 'wounded healers.'''
-- From the Foreword by Parker J. Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach

''This wonderful and probing book is filled with powerful, poignant, passionate stories; stories that are at once fragile and strong, painful and enduring. They make us mourn the losses of laughter and opportunity in schools, weep at the lingering sadness and sorrow in schools, laugh at the absurdities; and grin at the moments of mischief and inspiration.''
-- From the Foreword by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Harvard Graduate School of Education

''A brilliant, original, and important book. Wounded by School makes an eloquent and moving case for the radical re-invention of our schools.''
-- Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Co-Director of the Change Leadership Group (CLG)

''Kirsten Olson's book is refreshingly unlike the general run of sludge I associate with writing about pedagogy: It seems to be entirely free of the familiar platitudes which replace thought when we read about school matters, is scrubbed clean of pretentious jargon, and offers up the twists and turns of Olson's analysis and citations with beautiful clarity. I can't imagine anyone not being better for reading this book Twice!'' --John Taylor Gatto, Author, Dumbing Us Down

While reformers and policymakers focus on achievement gaps, testing, and accountability, millions of students mentally and emotionally disengage from learning and many gifted teachers leave the field. Ironically, today's schooling is damaging the single most essential component to education -- the joy of learning.
How do we recognize the ''wounds'' caused by outdated schooling policies? How do we heal them? In her controversial new book, education writer and critic Kirsten Olson brings to light the devastating consequences of an educational approach that values conformity over creativity, flattens student's interests, and dampens down differences among learners. Drawing on deeply emotional stories, Olson shows that current institutional structures do not produce the kinds of minds and thinking that society really needs. Instead, the system tends to shame, disable, and bore many learners. Most importantly, she presents the experiences of wounded learners who have healed and shows what teachers, parents, and students can do right now to help themselves stay healthy.

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  • Prep girls tennis: Sauk Prairie downs Portage, Holmen

    09/09/14 ,via Sauk Prairie Eagle

    Rauls and Schneider eked out first set win, 7-5, before running away with a 6-1 victory in the second during their match with Lauraen Grade and Kirsten Olson. And, at No. 3 doubles, Yanke and Kessenich downed Linda Vang and Maineu Lee, 6-2, 6-3.

  • Titans, Trojans roll in BNC play

    TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City West made quick work of Ogemaw Heights 25-18, 25-12, 25-11 in Big North Conference volleyball Wednesday night. The Titans (2-0 in the league) were led by Katie Placek (13 kills, 15 digs), Maggie Gray (six kills, six digs


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  • Schools As Colonizers

    2014. ISBN: 3836464624,9783836464628. 136 pages.

    In the 1960s and early 70s an influential group of education writers wrote accessibly, for the everyday reader, about the colonizing and radically unequalizing effects of institutionalized education on students and adults. To these critics schools were not benign, apple-on-the-desk acculturating institutions where children could innocently be sent each day to learn the skills they needed to succeed in a meritocratic society. Instead they were organizations designed to colonize, imprint, and shape from within the most vulnerable and least powerful individuals in our culture. This book examines the biographies of six important deschooling critics, their questions about the purposes of education, and the nature of powerful learning in their eyes. The book also asks, what do the deschoolers have to tell us now?

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  • Scholars, leaders to visit the National Constitution Center

    08/19/14 ,via Constitution Daily

    What do Richard Epstein, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Annette Gordon-Reed have in ... spring series that included appearances by Laurence Tribe, David Boies and Ted Olson, former U.S. Senator Jim Webb and Lynne Cheney, among many others, the fall ...

  • Bow High School Honors

    07/31/14 ,via Concord Monitor

    The following students earned honors in the fourth quarter at Bow High School: GRADE 12 High Honors: Andrew Attorri, Kirsten Bresson ... Amanda Murray, Sam Olson, Alina Pinney, Benjamin Podis, Emily Rescino, Aditya Shah, Jason Smick, Hayden Udelson ...

  • Vernon Olson

    07/01/14 ,via Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Survived by his loving family: wife Bernice Olson; son Mark (Debra) Olson; grandchildren Kirsten (Darwin) Paccha, David (Nicole) Olson; great-grandchildren Daniel and Nathan Paccha. Memorial service 2:00 PM Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church (513 Madison ...


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Kirsten Olson, Actress: Ice Princess. Kirsten Olson was born on October 20, 1991 in Burnsville, Minnesota, USA. She is an actress, known for Ice Princess (2005).

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ABOUT KIRSTEN "We do this work because we think it can change the world."-Elementary school principal working with Old Sow Consulting, New Jersey, June 2009

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