Dr. Joe Sanfelippo | Award Winning Superintendent, Host of the Successful Schools Podcast and Co Author of The Power of Branding

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Award Winning Superintendent, Host of the Successful Schools Podcast and Co Author of The Power of Branding

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Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo has spent the last 12 years as the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District twice during that time by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe is the author of multiple books including the best-selling Hacking Leadership and Lead From Where You Are: Leading with Intention, Connection, and Direction. He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader by the US Department of Education. Education Dive named Joe their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019.



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Changing the Narrative

When is the last time something amazing happened in your school? How many people knew about it? The work done in schools all across the globe is spectacular. Kids gather…learn…leave…and make the world we live in a better place. So…amazing things happen all the time. School perception is often based on the narrative of those who attended years ago. Telling the real story of schools helps create a narrative that builds culture and gives everyone in your community an identity. Utilizing social media and empowering those around you to be the storytellers of your district is a great way to celebrate the success of students with parents and the community. FIND YOUR AUDIENCE...BUILD YOUR BRAND...CELEBRATE KIDS!!

Hacking Leadership

Water is amazing and seemingly always finds a way. It has the ability to form, replenish our system, power equipment, and can wipe out entire cities. Leaders have the same properties. Some end up conforming to their environment as water would with a cup or bowl. Some have the power to wipe out entire populations and others lift the level of the land. The best leaders take little openings and create space for those they lead. They find the smallest cracks of opportunity and create a path that was not there before. They shape the land. They find a way. Hacking leadership is about finding innovative solutions to issues that have plagued the system for years, and implementing them tomorrow. The focus is on practical application. We all know the problems exist, but knowledge of problems does not make our daily life in schools easier. Utilizing the tools in Hacking Leadership will allow you and your team to find the openings and create space for those you lead. Space to learn. Space to teach. Space to thrive.

Lead Where You Are

“I’m just...It’s a phrase we hear all the time. I’m just a teacher, I’m just an assistant principal, I’m just a tech director, I’m just a custodian….the list goes on and on and is always followed by reasons something CAN’T happen. Leadership is not a title, it’s an action...and it starts from within. Identifying leadership traits in yourself changes your mindset when thinking about leading those around you. Part of our responsibilities as leaders is to identify leadership traits in others. We need to be better talent scouts in our schools. The opportunities are endless for those who choose to lead...it’s our job to find those traits, focus our efforts on growth opportunities, and foster an environment where everyone has a chance to lead. This fast paced and engaging session will help you identify your own leadership traits and implement practical ways to increase your capacity to find them in others.

The Impact of 30 Second Moments

960. That is the number of 30 second increments we get in an 8 hour day. 960 chances to change a life. 960 opportunities to share a story. 960 times to make a student, parent, or community member feel like they are part of your school. Moments have the ability to stick in our brain forever. A sight, smell, or taste brings us back to our childhood. We have a responsibility to be intentional about how we utilize these moments. The fact is simply this...you will be remembered, the only question is how. Every 30 seconds matter.

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Lead from Where You Are: Building Intention, Connection and Direction in Our Schools by Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Lead from Where You Are: Building Intention, Connection and Direction in Our Schools

by Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Level Up Your Leadership with Intention, Connection, and Direction

School communities are full of people who have both the ability and desire to lead. Some lead without knowing it. Most lead without the recognition they deserve. Whether you lead in a classroom, department, building, or district, chances are you know how challenging it can be to identify and develop other strong leaders, and to grow the leadership capacity of your organization as a whole. But ensuring that the leaders around you know their worth, helping them cultivate connections, and growing their confidence can help your whole team move forward together, helping the organization and the people within it to thrive.

Lead from Where You Are offers a down-to-earth, implementable approach to rethinking how we build leadership and community in schools. Dr. Joe Sanfelippo, a veteran principal and superintendent, argues that our focus must be on growing leadership potential all across the community, from students to teachers to staff. We can do this by reflecting on how we build a sense of intention together, how we connect with each other, and how we direct those we lead with compassion and affirmation. Sanfelippo’s frank discussion of the highs and lows of leadership will help new principals and superintendents feel prepared, while also providing useful methods and sound counsel.

Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Loveby Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love

by Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

In Hacking Leadership, award-winning school administrators Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis demonstrate how toincrease learning by leaving the office and engaging directly with all teachers and learners. Theyidentify 10 problems with school leadership and provide right-now solutions for each, while showing you how to lead from the middle."

The Power of Branding: Telling Your School's Storyby Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

The Power of Branding: Telling Your School's Story

by Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Turn a spotlight on what's great about your school! The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Using social media and web tools, you'll learn and collaborate with one another in new ways. These brief books feature strategies to use immediately, and the series website lets you connect with authors and access additional resources. This book uses concrete suggestions and examples to help you, Tell your school story, Sharegreat events using blogs and more, Empower all stakeholders, including students, Teach digital citizenship, K-12, Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it's a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning.

Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in the Digital Ageby Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in the Digital Age

by Dr. Joe Sanfelippo

Build transformational leadership using social media!

Close the gap of knowledge and experience between educators and learn how you really can find the time to connect with other leaders using social media. This highly instructive and conversational guide makes it easy. Filled with real-world experiences from leaders all over the country, you’ll build balanced and effective leadership skills, grow a network of support, and model your vision for a thriving community of learners.  Includes a handy start-up guide to help busy principals:

  • Connect virtually with K-12 leaders

  • Model continuous learning

  • Find solutions using Twitter, Google Hangouts, and more

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Superintendent of the Year: Joe Sanfelippo, Fall Creek School District

With a focus on culture and communication, a rural Wisconsin administrator has brought his 850-student district to national recognition. By Roger Riddell Originally...
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