Suggested Readings

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On this page you will find reading selections that I have found beneficial as I navigate the waters of leading change in my school. Some of these selections will be books that were read as a book study with my staff and some books will be readings simply to feed my soul. I hope you are able to get something out of them as much as I have.

These unique journeys offer tools, strategies and advice for defining, assessing and ultimately transforming the inner culture that resides in you. The fact is, everyone owns the story inside him/herself which is unique and can give hope of life or inspiration to others. Arising from this book is a call to action for other women in school leadership to let these stories guide you and empower you to a place of grace, purpose and balance in order to show up and serve yourself and others at the highest level.
Prehab Before Postpartum: A Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Guide for a Happier Postpartum prepares parents for the “fourth trimester”—the first three months after delivery, when the commonly experienced but rarely discussed postpartum depression and anxiety arrives. Combining personal experiences and clinical knowledge, Dr. Raushanah Hud-Aleem, a double board-certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist, helps mothers and fathers (as paternal postpartum is a real thing) remove the everything-is-okay mask. She helps them identify how they truly feel, what they really want, and know when professional help is needed.
When chronic pain becomes a part of your everyday experience, it is hard to believe that food could be the key to pain relief. But for Dr. Zarinah and many of her patients, healthy food became the medicine that helped them achieve freedom from pain. 15-Minute Meals to Pain Freedom is filled with quick, nutrient-filled recipes with ingredients designed by nature to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function at optimum levels. Each chapter describes the health benefits of one or more MVP ingredients, which work to help your body heal itself.
Rotting on the Vine was inspired by the author’s visit to her garden to harvest vegetables during the Covid-19 pandemic only to realize she had missed her harvest season and her tomatoes had begun rotting on the vine. This book is for individuals who have allowed fear, doubt, procrastination, and life itself to hinder them from discovering their purpose and sharing their gifts and talents with the world
Beautiful and Godly Lady, are you ready to release all of the emotions that you have been harboring inside of you? Are you ready to move to another level in God? Are you ready to BE FREE to BE YOU? 21 Letters to a Beautiful and Godly Lady shares with you the emotional highs and lows that we encounter in our lives. Each letter is a testimony of the author’s experiences and how God was able to release her through prayer, faith, and sometimes people. It’s a journey of transparency and encouragement to assure every woman that we are created for God’s purpose. Past mistakes, past hurts, and past failures still make us beautiful to God. Let’s experience spiritual freedom together and evolve even more to be the Beautiful and Godly Lady our Father has birthed us to be.
The Role of I in Commitment is a compilation of personal experiences of women, including family members, friends, colleagues, complete strangers, and reflective experiences from the author herself who have learned to commit by first learning to love themselves. This book will greatly benefit women who are in their transitional years prior to commitment as well as those who are in marriages or have experienced failed relationships. The Role of I in Commitment is less about providing a blueprint for building successful committed relationships and more about providing reflective processes for building women that are rightfully equipped to deal with the circumstances that surround commitment. This book engages women from a perspective related to the development of their character, those factors that hinder character development, and how their character impacts their relationships. In it, the author, Dr. Dira D. Harris, hopes to provide guidance and support for women, whether they are simply content with being independent and building a better version of themselves, or if they are in the “preparation phase” prior to commitment. 
Have you ever found yourself struggling to provide quick, succinct, and intelligent answers in high pressured environments? Have you wondered how the pros do it? This manual will provide you with an easy to implement step-by-step process to transform your responses in stressful situations. Whether you are a novice or seasoned speaker, this guide will enhance and add to your leadership skill-set and help you sound like a pro every time.
Revolutionary School Culture, you’ll find concrete steps you can take to tackle the hurdles that schools are faced with. Here is just a fraction of what you will discover inside:

Why schools are failing students with our current way of educating that does not consider the socio-economic, racial and intellectual differences of students.
How to go beyond just dispensing information and preparing students for standardized tests to actually teaching your students to think.
How you can break the school-to-prison pipeline by shifting your school’s focus from reactive discipline to proactive support.
The 5 biggest obstacles you will face in transforming your school, and the steps you can take to overcome them.
“Why do I lead?” With this deceptively simple question, best-selling author Baruti K. Kafele begins a powerful examination of what it takes to make a school community achieve the greatest success in the classroom and beyond.
In The Principal 50: Critical Leadership Questions for Inspiring Schoolwide Excellence, Kafele, a veteran school administrator, guides motivated school leaders through 50 self-reflection exercises designed to yield a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the work that they do. 
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