Discover your backbone and blow the lid off of last year's test scores! Here you have it: no big and fancy education words and theories, no fairytale strategies, just down-and-dirty conversations that move schools from so-so performance to unprecedented success. This book is your "get-out-of-school-improvement-jail-free" card and will coach you to find your leadership backbone so you can take control of your school. Principals who lead with a backbone spend little time putting out fires and most of their time on improving the quality of the instruction - and that's why they get results. Every time. This book helps you build your backbone one step at a time by providing simple guides, real-life examples and planning tools for strategizing, delivering and making it out alive from conversations with the most critical people on your campus: You...Your instructional coach...Your teaching staff...Your department or grade teams...Your most resistant teacher. Discover your backbone and...Take control of your school. Take control of the teaching. Take control of the results. Excellent principals that get results have some good skills, but more importantly they have a backbone. And they use it.