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This book is not prescriptive.
It is not a recipe or how-to book.
Predictable Success...Not Stress acts as a narrative on impacting, influencing, changing lives, and building powerful futures for you and your students.
It all starts in a Predictable Success Classroom (PSC), which stimulates and empowers an environment and culture of success, not stress. The PSC focuses on the "product" as the end goal. That is, students' success inside the classroom that directly correlates to their success in the world.
Predictable Success...Not Stress hones in on the root issues that devolve our students from achieving their full potential, and equipping educators to stimulate their growth and development. In a PSC, there is a magnetic force that holds both equal and opposing forces in balance.
The PSC utilizes a construction metaphor, which includes the blueprint, foundation, and framework for a consistently evolving atmosphere. This foundation is grounded in Trusting the Ambiguity and Trusting the Process.
There are seven key attributes and seven puzzle pieces within a PSC.
The purpose of this book is to reveal those key factors to you, and illustrate that the PSC toolbox is not a thing, but a place. The PSC utilizes four tools, or the 4 P's: Preparation, Patience, Perseverance, Partnership, and dives deeper with the why, how, what, and who.
There is never a wrong time to do the right thing with our students. Their success within the classroom will dictate their success in the real world. It is our responsibility to equip them with the necessary tools for a strong future, and guide them through their own style of learning, thinking, and engaging with their environment.
Learn a better way to teach your students and watch them thrive. Pick up a copy of Predictable Success...Not Stress today and start empowering your classroom for tomorrow.
Rusty Clifford holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. He currently serves as the Director of Administration and Operations for the Montgomery County Educational Service Center in Dayton, Ohio.
He's been working in the education field for more than forty-six years. In that time, he's had the privilege to coach and teach Elementary, Middle School, and High School students in the classroom and athletics. His deep understanding of teamwork and equipping students, based on their natural-born talents and gifts, fueled him during his time as the Head Football, Track & Field, and Swimming Coach. Those collective experiences have led to the development of the Predictable Success Classroom.
Rusty believes we must engage with our students and empower them for their futures. As such, he leads by example as a mentor and asset builder for the Montgomery County Ohio College Promise, a building trainer for the Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County, and acted as the facilitator for the Greater Dayton Conference on Youth for seven years.
He won Ohio Superintendent of the Year in 2013, the Frank Perez Leadership Award from the Partnership for Excellence in 2016, the Champion for Youth Award from the Mentoring Collaborative of Montgomery County in 2013, the Excellence in Outside Service Award from Wright State University in 2012, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators Exemplary Leadership Award in 2012, and was inducted into the Kettering Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, as a coach.
He currently resides in Bellbrook, Ohio with his wife and spends his time building assets and relationships. You will also find him reading, riding his bike, and working in and enjoying the outdoors.