Best-Selling Author | Leadership Coach | International Speaker


Renowned author of instructional leadership books.

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Veteran educator, Alisa Simeral, has guided school-based reform efforts as a teacher leader, instructional coach, school administrator, professional developer, and instructional leadership consultant. Her passion is, and always will be, providing support where it’s needed most – at the classroom level, and empowering teachers to take charge of their professional learning and growth. According to John Dewey, “how we think drives what we do,” therefore, developing and refining strong habits of thought is at the heart of all capacity-building work, and ultimately, both teacher and student success.

Alisa turned her commitment to helping schools develop cultures of reflective practice into a major focus of her research, writing, speaking, and teaching. She is the co-author of numerous books, including several best-sellers. Her most recent publications include Pursuing Greatness; Empowering Teachers to Take Charge of Their Professional Growth (McREL, 2019); Creating a Culture of Reflective Practice: Capacity-Building for Schoolwide Success (ASCD, 2017); and The Principal Influence: A Framework for Developing Leadership Capacity in Principals (ASCD, 2015). For a complete list, visit the publications page.

Calling Reno, NV home, Alisa works as a consultant and professional speaker in schools, districts, and educational organizations worldwide, supporting their work to shift from cultures of compliance to cultures of commitment. Alisa’s mantra is: 


When our teachers succeed,

our students succeed.

"We must become adept at learning. We must become able not only to transform our institutions, in response to changing situations and requirements; we must invent and develop institutions which are ‘learning systems’, that is to say, systems capable of bringing about their own continuing transformation."
Donald Schon
The Reflective Practitioner (1973)