CHAPTER 1. Renegade Leadership Defined 

Flipped Book Study: Watch before reading to enhance your learning.

Audio Outtakes: Supercharge your book study with these shareable chapter-by-chapter audio clips with colorful commentary. Connect with Brad to schedule him to join your book study or university class "live" on Skype, GHO, or Voxer.

Water Cooler Questions:


  1. Why is pedagogical precision so important?

  2. What practices do we need to pause or say "no" to in order to create space for innovative best practices?

  3. How might the Renegade Leadership scale help inform our work?

Additional Listening/Viewing:


  • #30SecondTake Podcast: Two school leaders give their quick 'takes' on a Water Cooler Question from chapter one. 

Additional Blog Posts:



A commentary on the collision of two worlds, and the leadership required to link best-practice and innovation.


This blog post relates to the Water Cooler Question, "What do we need to pause or say 'no' to in education?

Get ready to roll up your sleeves...this blog post captures the Renegade Leadership spirit in childlike eloquence.

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Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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This TED-inspired talk introduces a real-life renegade, and unpacks the basic tenants of a digital-age pedagogy.



Personalize your learning and double-down on your leadership! Complete at least one of the mini challenges at the end of each chapter to earn your Renegade Leadership badge.

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Additional Books:


  • Kids Deserve It! (2016) by Todd Nesloney and Adam Welcome


  • The Innovator's Mindset (2015) by George Couros

Double-Down Challenge:


Personalize your learning by selecting from mini-challenges at the conclusion of each chapter. Most chapters offer at least two different options to personalize your learning. Choose the mini-challenge that you would like to 'double-down' on, and then click HERE to track your progress on the Worlds of Learning digital badging platform.

  • Challenge 1.1: Understanding Your Leadership Lenses

Take the Renegade Leadership Scale found in Chapter 1. Use the scale as a self-diagnostic tool and reference it as you read subsequent chapters. Share a reflection or something you noticed when completing the scale on the companion website forum below.