O'Reilly logo

Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools by Doug Lemov, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 5

Student Culture

One-on-All: Setting the Tone in the First Five Minutes
At Rochester Prep Elementary, Fridays mean a morning meeting. Principal Stacey Shells leads the student body in a 30-minute assembly centered on the school's core values: integrity, courage, and determination. Yet this is no mere “pep rally.” Instead, for the bulk of the half-hour students are given an intense—and joyful—intellectual workout. Stacey starts with arithmetic.
“Ms. Shells went to the store with some coins. She had three quarters,” … the students gasp, “five dimes,” … a dramatic pause, … “and four pennies. What was the total that Ms. Shells had?”
After hesitating a beat, Stacey calls on Tariq, a first grader:
“Tariq, show us all how strong you are!” ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required