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Empowered Schools, Empowered Students

Empowered Schools, Empowered Students
Creating Connected and Invested Learners

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September 2014 | 80 pages | Corwin

Open up a new world of learning and engage students with these powerful ideas!

This book helps you empower teachers and students to regain control of their own teaching and learning journey.  With this helpful guide, cultivate enthusiasm for learning  by changing the power dynamic and putting the reins back into the hands of students. Administrators and teachers learn to:

  • Cultivate the experts at your school
  • Create an environment of trust and collaboration
  • Give students and staff a voice

Includes real-life stories from other connected educators! Transform the learning experience and create lasting change with this breakthrough volume of the Connected Educators Series!

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.   

“Pernille has shared what it takes to create an environment that nurtures growth for students and staff.”
—Nicholas Provenzano, The Nerdy Teacher

“Pernille makes a case for the need to change from a traditional hierarchical approach of control to a shared, empowering approach. This book outlines steps that administrators can take to share leadership in their schools and teachers can take to share the responsibility of learning with the students.”
—William Chamberlain, Teacher
Noel Elementary School

Preface by Peter DeWitt
I. The Need to Empower Our Schools
1. The Empowered Principal as Role Model

Benefits of Change

Plan of Action

2. Revitalizing the Staff Meeting

Benefits of Change

Plan of Action

3. Cultivating the Expert Within

Benefits of Change

Plan of Action

4. Small Moment Professional Development

Benefits of Change

Plan of Action

II. The Need to Empower Our Teachers and Our Students
5. The Empowered Classroom

Benefits of Change

Plan of Action

6. Classroom Set Up to Signal Change

Benefits of Change

Plan of Action

7. Empowered Self - Empowered Learning

Benefits of Change

Plan of Action


"Pernille has shared what it takes to create an environment that nurtures growth for students and staff."

Nicholas Provenzano, The Nerdy Teacher

"This book is a must read for any educator looking to transform their classroom or school to be more relevant for their students and staff. Ripp’s personality and warmth comes through in her writing and coupled with first-hand experience, this is a great resource for teachers and administrators alike. In addition, the author weaves in specific examples from professionals practicing the advice she puts forth.


In this day of increasingly standardized educational practice, this book helps to navigate ways in which to empower the work we do as teachers and leaders. Many books are written from so called “experts” with little in-school experience, but Pernille is living and breathing what she writes about. Her narrative and those she shares are authentic and from the perspective of practicing educators. When she puts forth an idea, it is backed up with a powerful story from practitioners who are working in schools and with kids every single day. This allows readers to not only gain access to Pernille’s ideas but see how they play out in numerous contexts and situations."

Josh Stumpenhorst, Junior High Teacher
Naperville Community School District 203, Oswego, IL

"In this book, Pernille makes a case for the need to change from a traditional hierarchical approach of control to a shared, empowering approach. This book outlines steps that administrators can take to share leadership in their schools and teachers can take to share the responsibility of learning with the students.

I have known Pernille for many years and my respect for her as a classroom teacher, educational thinker, and student advocate has continually grown. When Pernille speaks about empowering students I listen as should you. She is one of those rare voices, a classroom teacher who shares openly and honestly about changing practices to create a student centered classroom."

William Chamberlain, Teacher
Noel Elementary School, Noel, MO

"Pernille Ripp gives great examples not only on how leaders can empower teachers to hone in on their leadership skills in the school community, but also how teachers can empower students to create a positive learning environment in the classroom. Pernille’s story about her own classroom is truly inspiring and makes you think as a teacher ways in which you can empower your own students to take ownership in the classroom.  I look forward to suggesting this book to my colleagues as a must read."

Billy Krakower, Founding Partner of Evolving Educators
North Caldwell, NJ

"As a long time blogger, Pernille has been sharing her insights and challenges for a number of years. Her following grows as she presents an honest reflection of life in a classroom. These reflections reveal a vulnerability that endears her readers and instills hope about the possibility for change.

This books theme of empowerment is what Pernille has been living for years. Shes been able to eloquently share this idea, providing practical steps, addressing the challenges and reasoning behind change. Its a quick read but one that will get pulled off of the shelf time and time again."

Dean Shareski, Community Manager
Discovery Education, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

"As of now there are about 20 books in the Corwin Connected Educator Series, a seemingly ever-growing set of titles masterminded by Peter DeWitt and Corwin Press. Each book is short enough to be read in one sitting, which makes the collection ideal for book studies and professional development, both during the summer and throughout the school year. Also, each paperback is authored by one or two educators who speak (and blog, tweet, etc.) with a credible voice in the world of connected education. Some of the topics include:
  • Flipped leadership
  • Tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities
  • Blogging for educators
  • Best practices for establishing a makerspace
  • Tools to connect and empower teachers

Finally, all of the authors are active on social media, and they regularly present at local conferences, which helps in bringing to life the contents of these books."

Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
Salisbury Township School District, Edutopia
Key features

This book is for both administrators and teachers. The first half examines the obstacles administrators face in leading an empowered school where teachers have agency and voice. Each chapter tackles an obstacle, lays out the benefits of changing the system, and gives leaders a plan to do so. Following the same structure, the second half of the book addresses the challenges teachers face in leading empowered students. Again, each chapter addresses the obstacles and the benefits of change, and gives teachers a plan for action.  Throughout the book are stories from educators who have put these principles into practice to change their schools. The book discusses several ways to empower teachers and students, including:

  • Cultivating the experts at your school
  • Revitalizing the staff meeting
  • Changing classroom setup
  • Giving students a voice

 There is also the Connected Educators Series website where readers can connect with all of the authors of the series, find more resources, and find real support for putting flipped leadership into practice.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Connected Educators Series Preface

Part 1

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