Why did we become school leaders and teachers? To educate, uplift, and inspire all students. So when things go wrong, why do schools seem to use exclusion as a first reaction, especially for kids that need to be in class the most? This week’s guest, Dr. Andy Jacks, shares ideas and practical suggestions that will actually make a difference to achieve the behavior balance we all want in schools.
In this episode, we also discuss:
- The power of consistent and lasting relationships
- Networking with other leaders
- And his book, Discipline Win
About Dr. Andy Jacks:
Dr. Andy Jacks is a highly regarded school leader known for the energy and passion he brings to ensure his students feel valued in school every day. He describes his favorite and most common compliment from visitors to his school as, “It just feels different here.” Andy has been recognized with state and national awards such as School Bell Award, Professional Development Award, Virginia Principal of the Year, and Nationally Distinguished Principal.
As a school principal, Andy skyrocketed student achievement and led a cultural transformation that gained local and national recognition for his students and staff, including state and local awards for performance, business partnerships, support for military-connected families, and even a school tour by the United States Secretary of Education.
As a senior fellow for the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ Centers for Advancing Leadership, Andy works to engage and support school leaders across the country through focused centers on diversity, innovation, the middle level, and women in leadership. He has served on national task forces and has shared at congressional briefings. Andy also serves on the board of directors of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia, where he organizes inclusive and sensory-friendly family events in the region.
Andy is a sought-after speaker and trainer, providing professional learning for school districts and associations. He has been featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Principal Magazine, and Education Week. He is the author of Discipline Win: Strategies to improve behavior, increase ownership, and give every student a chance. He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him online at andyjacks.com and on social media @_AndyJacks.
Dr. Andy Jacks:
- Website: www.andyjacks.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/_AndyJacks
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_andyjacks/?hl=en
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andyjacks/
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWruwNX1fHyPy2i5_bKixXw
- Podcast: Discipline Win
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