Publication Date: November 13, 2020
Over 400 schools throughout the world have adopted Invitational Education to foster innovative thinking, sustained positive action, and the creation of socially and emotionally safe schools. As educators are now involved in an epic rethinking of what they do and how they do it, Developing Inviting Schools provides a dependable guide for improvement. Written by two of the creators of the Inviting Schools movement—Purkey and Novak—along with Joan Fretz, who works with public schools, this book updates and extends the construct of invitational learning to assist today’s teachers and leaders. The authors present a simple but not simplistic framework that offers real-life responses to such challenges as faculty morale, school safety, conflict management, community involvement, student behavior, motivation, and school success. Use this resource to create, sustain, and enhance the social and emotional climate of your school.
William W. Purkey is professor emeritus of counselor education at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. John M. Novak is professor emeritus of education at Brock University, Ontario. Joan R. Fretz is a consultant and leadership coach and former school administrator and teacher for Long Island, New York, public schools.
“Creating a sense of belonging, a respect for every individual, a level of trust, in a place where we understand each other, where we are ready to learn from and with others—this is the essence of what this book is about. Would we not want this for our child, and for every child? Read this book.”
—John Hattie, Laureate Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
“Invitational Education (IE) theory is an evolving theory of practice. IE presents a coherent, cogent, and compelling framework to promote meliorism in schools. Invitational Theory serves as a framework for choosing school improvement strategies that help accelerate students’ progress—much like a Christmas tree provides a structure for placing the twinkling baubles and lights in a thoughtful way. Practice-based evidence synergizes with evidence-based practice to make the learning visible. Developing Inviting Schools is the quintessential read for the post-pandemic milieu as schools rebound and lead with intentionality.”
—John S. Young, principal, Clarkson Community High School
“Developing Inviting Schools contains a blueprint for creating a truly inviting school. You will learn practical ideas backed up by research. You will also read stories about how other educators around the world have created inviting schools. The stories in the book warm the heart, which is greatly needed today!”
—Jenny Edwards, School of Leadership Studies, Fielding Graduate University
“Developing Inviting Schools explores foundational underpinnings and practical applications of Invitational Education. Purkey, Novak, and Fretz have penned a lucid account of what can be done to promote kind and caring school climates. The book guides readers on how to be invitational with self and others for promoting robust communities.”
—Scott Robinson, University of Hawaii at Manoa