The Magical Place We Call School: Creating a Safe Space for Learning and Happiness in a Challenging World


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Forefront Books
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6.34 X 9.21 X 0.75 inches | 0.88 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Kathleen Corley is an award-winning educator, an authority on school culture, and the charismatic principal at Red Cedar Elementary School in Bluffton, S.C. Renowned for her unique communication and leadership skills, Corley has a bachelor's in music education from the University of Illinois, a master's in music administration from Chicago Musical College, Roosevelt University, and a doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois.

Chicago-born, Dr. Corley began her career in education as an elementary music teacher and transitioned to education administration to make a wider impact upon student achievement and school culture. She entered the administrative ranks as an assistant principal in Palatine, Illinois, then became an elementary school principal in Lynchburg, Virginia, Salem, Massachusetts, and Bluffton, South Carolina. She was the founding principal at three of those schools and has been an educator for over forty years (and still counting). Corley has been an assistant professor at Salem State University and continues to mentor principals.

A lifelong Cubs fan, Corley lives in Bluffton, South Carolina, with her husband, Wayne, and dogs Wrigley and Fenway. The Magical Place We Call School represents her debut as an author.

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Celebrity Interviewer and columnist Glenn Plaskin is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-five books, specializing in memoir, business, self-help, leadership, and inspiration.


"An often encouraging, compassionate, and reasoned approach to running elementary schools."--Kirkus Reviews
"Some day a techie will invent a chip that can pre-install 40 years of classroom wisdom into every new teacher or principal. Until then, we've got Dr. Kathleen Corley's book."--Lenore Skenazy, president of Let Grow, author of Free-Range Kids
"Well done, Dr. Corley, for writing such a wonderfully engaging, personal, positive, and sage book about what schools can--and most definitely should--be about."--Bruce Marlowe, Ph.D., chair, Department of Education, University of South Carolina Beaufort
"This is more than a book; it is manual or even a bible on the inner workings of elementary school education. The Magical Place We Call School should be required reading for school board members and a permanent fixture on the desk of every elementary school administrator, teacher, and parent."--Ed Hajim, non-executive chairman of HighVista Strategies LLC; Chairman of the Board of Brunswick School; Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of The University of Rochester;
Past President of Harvard Business School Alumni Association