Chris Emdin, the Robert A. Naslund Endowed Chair at the University of Southern California,
founder of #HipHopEd, and NY Times best-selling author of Ratchedemic
"Desperately needed in education...
Otherful is nonstop takeaways, action plans, and fun"
Greg Rosenbaum, Senior Director of SXSWEDU
"I LOVE this book!"
Esther Wojcicki, teacher, journalist,
and author of NY Times best-seller How to Raise Successful People
"...AN EXCEPTIONAL BOOK helping administrators... Kleba and O'Hara's book could sit comfortably on a business bookcase under leadership development."
review, Getting Smart
what does it mean to be
- to be a leader who spots greatness in other people
- to have a school leadership style that sees
teachers want to be helped, not "fixed"
leaders can't do a darn thing alone
how others understand things isn’t an obstacle; it's a resource
- to recognize, witness
- to support, like in weight
lifting or a trust fall
A book of essays to read together
perfect for college admin classes and leadership PD
alone we can't win
Our blindspots hobble our ability to lead, forcing others to work around us. Instead, we need to ask others to teach us what we aren't seeing.
influence is stronger than control
Teachers don't work hard on something they aren't invested in. Neither do we. But when we share our power, we trade control for influence.
OUR VULNERABILITY MAKES the team
Like anyone, we make mistakes. When we fail out loud & humbly learn, our whole school grows more resilient & courageous.
help our people
We can handle our teachers as prize stallions or pack mules. Guess which one gets better results, chief?
Otherful reviews from teachers & administrators
"the best school leadership book I've ever read"
"this book changed by my life- no joke"
"seriously, EVERY administrator & teacher in the country
should read this book"
"funny, raw, real, & actually usable"
"OTHERFUL could be the beginning of a movement"
is a public high school English teacher & theatre director with more than 20 years in the classroom. An artist & entrepreneur, he has been invited to speak about leadership around the country and the globe. He holds degrees from Villanova University & Duquesne University.
Ryan O'Hara, Ed.d.
is a middle school principal. Before moving into educational leadership, he taught high school and middle school English for 10 years. He holds degrees from St. John's University, Stony Brook University, Long Island University, & Hofstra University.