Todd Whitaker talks with me about teaching teachers and school-based administrators how to work with and talk with parents. His book "Dealing With Difficult Parents" (Routledge, 2016) written with Douglas J. Fiore is an awesome tool that every educator should take time to read and put into practice. Our discussion focuses on practical techniques that you will find helpful.
Todd is a professor of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. He has spent his life pursuing his love of education by researching and studying effective teachers and principals.
Prior to moving into higher education, he was a math teacher and basketball coach in Missouri. Todd then served as a principal at the middle school, junior high, and high school levels. He was also a middle school coordinator in charge of staffing, curriculum, and technology for the opening of new middle schools.
One of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd has written over 50 books including the national bestseller, What Great Teachers Do Differently. Other titles include 75 Ways to Be a Better Teacher Tomorrow, Ten-Minute Inservice, Your First Year, What Great Principals Do Differently, Motivating & Inspiring Teachers, 5o Ways to Improve Student Behavior, Classroom Management From the Ground Up and Dealing With Difficult Parents.
Todd is married to Beth, also a former teacher and principal, who is currently a faculty member of educational leadership at the University of Missouri and professor emeritus at Indiana State University. They are the parents of three children; Katherine, Madeline, and Harrison.
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