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A Positive Manifesto
A Positive Manifesto

A Positive Manifesto

How Appreciative Schools Can Transform Public Education



188 Pages, 5.5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: November 2015

ISBN 9780996864909

Rights: US & CA

Elephant Rock Productions, Inc. (Nov 2015)
Elephant Rock Books

Price: $19.95


Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has contributed significantly to the positive change revolution in many professional realms such as the armed services, United Nations, and Fortune 500 businesses. This book applies AI to innovation in public education through the authors' Appreciative Organizing framework giving public school leaders and stakeholders actionable pathways to take in creating schools that work for everyone.  Bringing new ideas to the forefront, the book provides educators with a different perspective and inspiration to create change in the public education system.


"A Positive Manifesto provides valuable and practical ways to authentically engage school communities and stakeholders in conversations for positive change and the actions needed to make it happen."  —Vernon Johnson, President and CEO, Accelerate Learning Inc.

"Powerful discussion on relational leadership. Every educator needs to read this book." — Charlene Green, former Associate Superintendent for Supportive Services, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada 

"The book provides good way to think about beginning transformation in a positive way."  —Carolyn Shields, Wayne State University

Author Biography

Leonard C. Burrello is the executive director of the Center for Appreciative Organizing in Education. He has traveled domestically and internationally to study, document, and produce video exemplars of schools, districts, and teaching and learning methods. He lives in Tampa, Florida. Linda M. Beitz works as a change agent with hundreds of people in school districts, nonprofits, state departments, court mediation programs, businesses, and communities. She lives in Chicago. John L. Mann is the coordinator of a principal preparation program focusing on Appreciative Inquiry and organizing. He lives in Pasco County, Florida.