Sedona Principal Releases Book to Improve Communication in Schools

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Longtime educator Susan Simon presents a book signing for Building a Schoolhouse, a two-part series that offers strategies to solve problems from the ground up and top down. Simon's tips can transform any school into a cohesive, supportive organization where teachers and administrators solve problems together and directly benefit their students.

With schools nationwide facing morale and budget crises, longtime educator Susan Simon presents Building a Schoolhouse, a book that offers strategies to solve problems from the ground up and top down.

Building a Schoolhouse is a two-part collection of essays and workable strategies designed for all schools. Simon's tips can transform any school into a cohesive, supportive organization where teachers and administrators solve problems together and directly benefit their students.

The books can help sharpen already good schools, promote open dialogue about positives and give teachers and administrators ways to evaluate their schools in several key areas.

Building a Schoolhouse demonstrates how principals, teachers and parents can easily create a student-focused and academically excellent school by improving communication, sharing leadership and fostering a supportive educational community. The book suggests how principals may build positive relationships with teachers and students, guides teachers in how to strengthen their peer relationships, and shows parents what to look for in their children's schools.

Building a Schoolhouse offers approaches for teachers and principals to turn failing or struggling schools into productive environments for both educators and the students they serve. The book also provides benchmarks against which highly functioning schools can evaluate their performance. The tactics Simon employs can be applied to schools of all sizes.

"One of the biggest complaints I hear from teachers is that administrators don't listen," Simon said. "I hope that principals sit down with their teachers and discuss a chapter in the book. If the book can spark discussion, that will be well worth having written it."

With real-world anecdotes, implementation strategies, action steps and straightforward prose, each chapter deals with a topic pertinent to improving the school community. For teachers, the book demonstrates how to help all students, ways to foster honest communication with administrators, and how to form a supportive team with your peers.

More details about Building a Schoolhouse, Vol. 1 and 2, are available at http://www.BuildingASchoolhouse.com.

About Susan Simon:
Susan Simon has been an educator for more than 30 years, serving public and charter schools as a teacher, educational leader, curriculum director, communication coach and mentor. She earned her bachelor's degree from Saint Mary's College, in South Bend, Ind., a Master of Education degree in educational administration from Villanova University, outside Philadelphia, and a Master of Arts degree in special education from Trenton State College, in New Jersey.

Simon was a teacher for 13 years, and principal for 10 years at Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary School, in Levittown, Penn. From 1995 to 2000, she was principal of West Sedona School, in Sedona, Ariz.. She later served in Seattle with the Small Schools Project, a program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private philanthropy in the world.

Simon is currently principal of Desert Star Community School, a Waldorf-inspired charter elementary school located just outside Sedona, Ariz. Simon also leads workshops in communication and leadership.

For more information about Building a Schoolhouse and Susan Simon, visit http://www.BuildingASchoolhouse.com.

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