“Leading the Whole Teacher” is HERE!

I am thrilled to share with you that Leading the Whole Teacher is released TODAY! This book is a passion project that I started writing back in 2019. We knew then that teachers were fleeing our profession because of dissatisfaction. They loved the kids, they felt called to be educators, but the working conditions left them drained and frustrated. Then a global pandemic rocked our world and made our work even more difficult. It is time to take back our profession, to reconnect to our purpose, and to lead the WHOLE teacher. 

You can order your copy on Amazon using THIS LINK.

And, if you order right now you can get it by Friday–just in time for a long holiday weekend!

Teachers need more than self-care advice, they need school environments that are emotionally safe, they need to feel valued as a teacher and a person, they need strong, positive relationships, they need healthy workloads, they deserve a seat at the decision-making table, and they need support in their desire to continuously grow. Leading the Whole Teacher is full of research, vulnerable stories, and strategies to create school environments where teachers can thrive. When that happens, guess who else thrives? You guessed it—our students.

Thank you for joining me in the #LeadingtheWholeTeacher journey! Whether you are a school or district leader, a teacher looking to be more fulfilled, an instructional coach, or any other educator, you have come to the right place. We can do this hard work together!

I encourage you to check out the resources on my website, You can find them on the Leading the Whole Teacher tab in the “Books” section. I am especially excited about the note-taking guide because it encourages you to take notes differently as you read the book. I call it “Empowered Note-Taking” because you don’t just list ideas and things you want to start doing, you list the amazing things you already are doing too. When we acknowledge our strengths and feel strong and positive, we can take on any challenge that comes our way! I am also excited about the certificate you can receive after you read the book and make your Leading the Whole Teacher action plan.

There are discussion questions at the end of every chapter designed to support book studies. If you embark on a book study of Leading the Whole Teacher, please let me know. I would love to join your group virtually. I think one of the bravest and most impactful things a school leader can do is conduct a Leading the Whole Teacher book study with their teachers. If you are one of the courageous leaders who does this, please email me at and I will send stickers to your teachers and schedule a time to meet with them.

In this brilliantly practical and necessary book, Allyson Apsey takes the reader far beyond the technical details of effective instruction. Recognizing the emotional and psychological needs of classroom educators, she gives leaders essential insights on how to improve teacher effectiveness, engage their hearts, and regain their commitment to our profession. At a time when many teachers are burned out and traumatized, Apsey offers hope.

—Douglas Reeves, author, Fearless Schools: Building Trust and Resilience for Learning, Teaching, and Learning

I am so grateful for you! I am a better leader and a better person because of the amazing people who surround me. Thank you for your tireless work and your HUGE heart!

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