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The best leaders lead from the middle

When school leaders join teachers, students, and parents in a collaborative effort to improve teaching and learning, achievement soars and schools turn into vibrant communities, filled with enthusiastic members.

Teaching and learning feel too much like work

With constant emphasis on higher test scores and teacher accountability, it's easy for schools to become places filled with stress and despair, making teachers dread going to work and students disdain lessons and activities.

It's time to bring fun back to school

In Hacking Leadership, award-winning school administrators Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis demonstrate how to increase learning by leaving the office and engaging directly with all teachers and learners. They identify 10 problems with school leadership and provide dynamic, right-now solutions. During this exciting journey toward change, you learn how to:

  • Transform yourself from leader to Lead Learner
  • Amplify individual staff needs while maintaining a collaborative vision
  • Employ unique strategies to break down the walls between home and school
  • Empower students and staff to own their space
  • Create a culture where Yes and Trust are the default
  • Eliminate initiative overload while encouraging teachers to lead, as well
  • Broadcast student voice
  • Bring passion into your school
  • Embrace technology and social channels in ways rarely considered in education
  • Eradicate your deficit mindset

What makes Hacking Leadership different?

Sanfelippo and Sinanis present leadership strategies in ways few people have ever seen. These experienced, thoughtful, decisive leaders, share amazing, real anecdotes that make you feel like you're listening to trusted friends sitting in your living room. Then, they provide progressive, courageous, and practical solutions that you and all stakeholders will love, using the popular Hack Learning formula:

  • The Problem (a single leadership issue that needs a Hacker's mentality)
  • The Hack (a surprisingly easy solution that you've likely never considered)
  • What You Can Do Tomorrow (no waiting necessary; you can lead from the middle immediately)
  • Blueprint for Full Implementation (a step-by-step action plan for capacity building)
  • The Hack in Action (yes, people have actually done this)

Are you ready to Hack Leadership

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Tony Sinanis is currently a Lead Learner at Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, New York. Cantiague was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. Tony received the national 2013 Bammy Award for Elementary School Principal of the Year and the 2014 New York State Elementary Principal of the Year Award. As part of his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Tony studied the relationship between active participation on Twitter and the professional development of principals.
Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College, a MS in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a MS in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service from Cardinal Stritch University. Joe is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Viterbo University. Joe has taught Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 5th Grade. He was also a school counselor and coach prior to taking on an elementary principalship in 2005. He has been the Superintendent in Fall Creek since 2011. Joe co-hosts the Successful Schools Podcast, and co-authored The Power of Branding-Telling Your School's Story and Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age. He was selected as one of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 by the US Department of Education and attended a summit at the White House. Joe has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media in School Districts, Creating a Culture of Yes, Professional Growth for Staff, and Organizational and Systems Change. Go Crickets!


Many conversations that I hear from administrators focus on how to deal with educators, yet often don't focus on reflecting what they can do different. The authors do a beautiful job of helping leaders focus inward, instead of outward. This book by Joe and Tony, grounded in the importance of empowered relationships with the entire school community, provides some amazing ideas on how to develop learner-centred schools (learners meaning students and educators) in ways that could be implemented immediately. This is an essential read for leaders who are, or want to lead, learner-centred schools."
- George Couros ~ Author of "The Innovator's Mindset", and Innovative Leadership and Learning Consultant
"Hacking Leadership is a great read for any leader, young or old. It will inspire you to strive for excellence every day...while challenging any notion of status quo leadership you've had in the past. If you're looking to be a hands-on, in the trenches, innovative leader...then this is a great place to start. Veterans Sanfelippo and Sinanis have a way of making this kind of leadership look easy...and as a newbie principal, I know it's not! Hacking Leadership conveys meaningful lessons and allows for true goal setting that any leader (or organization) can put to good use for the greater good...that of the students!"
- Amber Teamann ~ Educational Leader, Speaker, Blogger and EdCamp Organizer
"For the last handful of years, at the forefront of the district/school branding movement have been Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis. In this book, these two renowned educators explore ten specific ways our schools can always operate with the students at the center of our actions and decisions. Furthermore, it is clear Joe and Tony are currently putting into practice what they preach, as they consistently call upon experiences to illustrate their points. This is a book for all leaders (not just administrators) who want to be inspired and make a difference."
- Ross Cooper ~ Co-Author of the upcoming Hacking PBL, Director of Curriculum, Educational Leader, Speaker and Blogger