PMP269: Leadership at Every Level with Janelle McLaughlin

Janelle McLaughlin, is an Education Consultant for Advanced Learning Partnerships working with districts all across the United States. She is a former curriculum director for Manchester Community Schools in Indiana. Prior to that role, Ms. McLaughlin spent 14 years as a classroom teacher. Her experiences range from job-embedded coaching for teachers and administrators, to leading reflective collaborations and facilitating action-plan development. 

Ms. McLaughlin has a strong belief in the power of education and the role leaders play in building a strong foundation for their organizations. She has worked with educational leaders in over thirty different states and two countries. She has presented on numerous topics at national and international events. 

Ms. McLaughlin holds a B.S. and M.A. in elementary education from Ball State University. She has obtained further licenses in school leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University, and gifted/talented education from Manchester University.

She’s the author of the new book: Leadership at Every Level: Five Qualities of Effective Classroom, Building, and District Leaders published by Solution Tree Press.

In this week’s podcast conversation, Janelle answers the following questions:

  • Can you share a brief overview of the five qualities needed for effective leadership?
  • You talk about leading with both the head and the heart. Can you explain why that is essential to you for strong leadership?
  • What are some of the suggestions you give to those who want to grow in their own path of leadership? 
  • Every educator has a different story. Can you a share why teaching on leadership has become an important part of your own education story? 

Now It’s Your Turn

Listen in to this week’s conversations for lessons from Janelle’s new book. You can find more about Janelle McLaughlin at her website  or via Twitter: @Ms_Mac4

Check out the new book, available for preorder at:

Leadership at Every Level: Five Qualities of Effective Classroom, Building, and District Leaders: Leadership at Every Level melds research with practical application while maintaining transparency among the levels of leadership in education. This book was written for educators in every role, whether you are leading in the classroom, the building, or at the district level, you are a leader. Leadership is really about the head and the heart. This book was written for educators at every level—in the classroom, at the building level, and at the district level—to equip and empower them to lead from both the head and the heart. Every person deserves a strong and caring leader, and every leader can continue to grow and learn those lessons to serve well. The best part is that we don’t have to wait on someone to make a plan for us, hire the right keynote speaker, or send us to that specific conference. Each person can determine the path to their own leadership growth.  

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William D. Parker
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