PMP274: 6 Literacy Levers with Brad Gustafson

This week we share the first of a two-part series with Dr. Brad Gustafson. Listen-in as we discuss rethinking leadership perspectives on literacy, helpful tips and questions principals should be using, and helpful feedback on Brad’s own struggles and successes as a lead learner for his school.

Brad Gustafson is an award-winning principal, best-selling author, speaker, and avid reader. He understands the critical role leaders play in creating the conditions where everyone in a school can be successful.

Brad’s newest book The 6 Literacy Levers, is a practitioner-friendly guide to leading a culture of reading–from anywhere in your school or organization. He also wrote Reclaiming Our Calling and Renegade Leadership. All of Brad’s books are built on the belief that everything we do starts with relationships and connectedness.

Brad co-hosts a weekly web series called Read This Now where he talks about literacy and shares book recommendations with fellow literacy leaders. He has served on the Scholastic Principal Advisory Board and been a national advisor with Future Ready Schools for several years.

​Brad was also named Minnesota’s Principal of the Year in 2016. His school has been recognized at the local, state, and national level. From classrooms to the boardroom (and everywhere in between), Brad is helping educators own their influence.

Discover ways to rethink literacy with Brad’s six levers:

The Compass

The Invitation

The Walking Stick

The Utility Knife

The Catapult

The Collage

The walking stick questions include: Is authentic learning happening? Are we serving each and every reader? 

Now It’s Your Turn

What ideas or questions would you include for ensuring all students are being served through literacy efforts? You can find all Brad’s resources at:

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William D. Parker
William D. Parker