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Writing the Playbook

1st Edition

A Practitioner’s Guide to Creating a Boy-Friendly School

Kelley King
eISBN-13: 9781483302904

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Your game plan for getting boys on the path to higher achievement

You′ve seen it in your school: boys struggling to master basic literacy skills, sitting outside the principal′s office, collecting labels like "hyperactive," getting failing grades. Checked out, kicked out, or dropped out, they′re benched when they should be scoring goals on the academic playing field.

As a school leader, Kelley King has walked the talk: she successfully led her own staff to close the gender gap in reading and writing in just one year. In her step-by-step, research-based leadership plan for jump-starting boys′ achievement, she shares:

Critical insight into the brain-based differences between boys and girlsFirst-hand leadership and classroom experiencesReady-to-use activities and resources for leading a successful gap-closing initiative

With tips, anecdotes, and more, Writing the Playbook provides educators in all roles with a blueprint for creating schools where boys (and girls!) thrive.


"Finally, some practical advice from an experienced educator on how to make boys into successful students. King′s credentials—mother of both a son and daughter as well as a principal who successfully addressed gender gaps at her school—are unbeatable."
—Richard Whitmire, Author of Why Boys Fail: Saving Our Sons from an Educational System That′s Leaving Them Behind

"Kelley King is both impassioned and level-headed, and she starts a conversation that we desperately need to have in our country."
—Michael Kimmel, Author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men
SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology

"This is a highly practical and highly relevant book. Two thumbs up!"
—Eric Jensen, Author of Teaching with the Brain in Mind


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ISBNs 9781452242989, 9781452242989, 1483302903, 9781483302904
Language English
Number of Pages 216
Edition 1st