Leadership Book Clubs

Join the Round Rock ISD Leadership Team for a guided book study featuring titles inspired by the Round Rock Leadership Values. Join any – or all – of the Google Classrooms listed below and complete the required reflections/activities to earn four hours of professional development credit per book study completed during the two month period. Interested participants will have the opportunity to go through the study at their own pace.

Book studies will occur each semester and scheduling and featured books will be updated on the website throughout the year. Book studies will occur each semester and scheduling and featured books will be updated on the website throughout the year. Participants will be responsible for purchasing their respective book(s).

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“What We’re Reading” Series – Spring, 2019

Start Date: February 15, 2019
End Date: April 19, 2019

Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools

Create a systemwide plan for transforming the district office, schools, and classrooms into places that truly support ALL students achieving their highest levels!

This book study will be facilitated by Ryan Smith, Executive Director of Teaching of Learning and Mandy Estes, Chief of Teaching and Learning.

Join our Google Classroom! Go to Google Classroom and use code: fx9inn

Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent

What do football coach Bill Walsh, restauranteur Alice Waters, television executive Lorne Michaels, technol­ogy CEO Larry Ellison, and fashion pioneer Ralph Lauren have in common? On the surface, not much, other than consistent success in their fields. But below the surface, they share a common approach to finding, nurturing, leading, and even letting go of great people. The way they deal with talent makes them not merely success stories, not merely organization builders, but what Sydney Finkelstein calls Superbosses.

This book study is facilitated by Area Superintendents Carla Amacher, John Yonker, Natalie Nichols, Becky Donald, and Nancy Guerrero.

Join our Google Classroom! Go to Google Classroom and use code: 1lgglx

Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done

Feeling overwhelmed with work and life demands? Rushing, multitasking, or relying on fancy devices and apps won’t help. The answer is to create the conditions for two awesome hours of peak productivity per day.

Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience, Josh Davis, director of research at the NeuroLeadership Institute explains clearly that our brains and bodies operate according to complex biological needs that, when leveraged intelligently, can make us incredibly effective. From what and when we eat, to when we tackle tasks or disengage—how we plan our activities has a huge impact on performance. Davis shows us how we can create the conditions for two awesome hours of effective mental performance by:

  • Recognizing when to effective flip the switch on our automatic thinking;
  • Scheduling tasks based on their “processing demand” and recovery time;
  • Learning how to direct attention, rather than avoid distractions;
  • Feeding and moving our bodies in ways that prep us for success;
  • Identifying what matters in our environment to be at the top of our mental game.

We are capable of impressive feats of comprehension, motivation, thinking, and performance when our brain and biological systems are functioning optimally. Two Awesome Hours will show you how to be your most productive every day.

The book study is facilitated by Lora Darden, Executive Director of Future Readiness and Dr. Daniel Presley, Senior Chief of Schools and Innovation.

Join our Google Classroom! Go to Google Classroom and use code: hg6toee