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"Empowering Educational Leaders: The Deliberate and Courageous Principal" Guest: Dr. Rhonda J. Roos

Updated: Jan 9

Dr. Sharon H. Porter | Sunday, January 7, 2024 | 3:00 PM ET

Join the next episode of Leadership Matters with Dr. Sharon on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at 3 PM ET. My guest is Dr. Rhonda Roos.

In this episode, we explore the ten transformative leadership actions and skills that every principal can leverage to turn schools into thriving hubs of success. Dr. Roos draws on her wealth of experience in the education sector to share real-world examples, inspiring anecdotes, and practical strategies that empower school leaders to navigate the complex challenges of modern education. Join us as we uncover the deliberate and courageous approach advocated by Dr. Roos, exploring how these principles can reshape school culture, foster academic excellence, and create an environment where both educators and students can flourish.

From fostering collaboration to embracing innovation, Dr. Roos leaves no stone unturned in guiding principals on a path to effective, purposeful leadership. Whether you're an educator, school administrator, or anyone passionate about the future of education, this episode promises to be a wellspring of inspiration and actionable insights. Tune in for a thought-provoking conversation that will leave you motivated and equipped to embark on your own journey as a deliberate and courageous leader in the realm of education.

About Dr. Rhonda J. Roos

Rhonda J. Roos, Ph.D. is an educational consultant coaching principals, district leaders, and administrative teams in the complex and ever-challenging work of leading schools. She is a former assistant superintendent in New Albany, Indiana where she led curricular improvement, aligning those efforts with the district’s progress in becoming a professional learning community. Rhonda has been an educator since 1983 serving as a guidance counselor, English teacher, middle school principal, and district administrator. She has taught graduate courses on leadership at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana, and Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rhonda served on the leadership team of the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute and is a regular keynote speaker. Honors include the 2010 Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year, the 2011 Solution Tree “Redefining Excellence District Award” and the 2015 Indiana University Southeast Educator of the Year. Rhonda’s book, published by Solution Tree, is titled The Deliberate & Courageous Principal. Rhonda’s dissertation, "An Examination of Principals in Effective High-Poverty Middle Schools with High Achievement,” was completed in 2014 and she co-authored an article in the NASSP The Bulletin entitled “Brain Compatible Secondary Schools: The Visionary Principal’s Role.”

Dr. Roos received a bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Kentucky University, a master’s degree in counseling from Western Kentucky University, her administrative license through the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP) from Butler University, and her Educational Specialist and Doctoral Degree from Indiana State University.

Rhonda lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband Vic. They share five children, five fabulous granddaughters, and one grandson.

Rhonda loves baking cookies and cakes, practicing pilates and yoga, spending lots of time with family, reading, sitting in the quiet, and walking in the park next to their home in St. Matthews.

Connect with Dr. Rhonda J. Roos: LinkedIn | X (formerly Twitter)


About the Host

Dr. Sharon is the host of The I Am Dr. Sharon Show, The Women Who Lead Podcast, the Vision & Purpose Podcast, the Leadership Matters Podcast the upcoming   Leading With Purpose Podcast, and The PrinciPAL Podcast. She is co-founder and Vice-President of Media and Communications for WNM Ventures LLC


She is a graduate of Howard University, Walden University, Johns Hopkins University, National-Louis University, and Winston-Salem State University.  She is a part of the 2019 Harvard University School of Education Women in Leadership Cohort.

Dr. Sharon is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, ForbesBLK,  Black Girls In Media, International Association of Women (IAW), American Business Women's Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She serves on the Board of Advisors for The Women of Prince George’s. Dr. Sharon is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and National Association of Elementary School Principals ( NAESP) Certified Principal Mentor.

The work of Women in Leadership is a passion. Dr. Sharon often speaks on the 4 Principles of Effective Leadership: Integrity, Execution, Competency, and Collaboration.  She continues to encourage, empower, and enhance the lives of women leaders and aspiring educational leaders across the United States.

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