Are you OWNING IT as a teacher today?

Owning It, the book, helps you ace and embrace every part of your job as a modern-day teacher.

“No jargon. No fads. Instead every page has so much you can use immediately, at no cost, to enhance your success as a teacher. Buy this book as soon as possible.”

Harry & Rosemary Wong

DOEGraphicBoth practical and inspirational, Owning It is the perfect book for any teacher in the trenches today!

With an all-new cover, a foreword by Harry K. Wong, and an updated new edition published by Solution Tree, Owning It offers concrete, easy-to-implement strategies to succeed in every part of your job — in your classroom, at your school and throughout your community.

Topics Include:

  • Leading Your Classroom & Engaging Students
  • Dealing With Tests, Parents & Data
  • Handling Poverty, Ethnicity & At-Risk Students
  • Managing Colleague Relationships & Staff Meetings
  • Raising the Profile of Teachers & Schools in the Public Eye
For orders of 10 or more copies, contact Alex directly for special pricing.
Look Who’s Reading Owning It!

Susan Scott
Author, Fierce Conversations

Tom Torlakson
CA State Supt. of Public Instruction

Julia King
Washington, D.C. Teacher of the Year

Shayla Evans

Convocation Attendees
ESC Region 12, Texas

Site Leadership Team
Xavier Elementary School
South Bend, Indiana

Pre-Service Teachers
Santiago Canyon College

Everyone at Hilltop Middle School
San Diego, CA

Everyone at Washoe County School District!

“This book is a veritable Swiss Army knife of ideas for meeting the daily challenges of daily instruction. It is a huge contribution to improving the lives of all teachers — newcomers or veterans — and students in America. There is nothing quite like it in our field.”

Robert W. Blackburn, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Leadership
and Former Superintendent of Oakland Public Schools

This book is also perfect to read as a group, such as your:

  • School Staff
  • Conference Attendies
  • New Teacher Program
  • Education Class
  • Teacher Book Study
  • Organization

“As a former teacher and coach, I understand the necessity of teamwork to be successful in school, business, and life. As the current superintendent for a dropout recovery public charter high school, I believe that we need all the resources we can get to guide us in making the right decisions for our students, and ultimately, the community.

Owning It is a motivational book that gives fresh new insight and easy-to-implement strategies for the important work we do for our students.”

Linda C. Dawson, Ed.D., SIATech Superintendent/CEO and Board President & Co-Founder
Reaching At-Promise Students Association (RAPSA)

Linda Dawson

“I have been working with new teachers for over 15 years now, and I’ve seen so many of them struggle to work well with their new school communities. This book is a perfect toolkit for success in so many dimensions of this work.

I love how Alex Kajitani lays out such specific approaches to integrate, support and collaborate inside and outside of the school building.

Read this book and strengthen your approach to a new school workplace — and likely also strengthen the entire teaching profession. Own it!”

Zachary Perin, Ed.M.,
Senior Managing Director, Teach For America

Zachary Perin

“One of the hallmarks of a great teacher is the commitment to being a lifelong learner. In Owning It, Alex Kajitani demonstrates this commitment and eloquently shares the valuable lessons he has learned along the way.

The 25 practical essays in this book contain the pearls of wisdom that Alex has collected over his years in the classroom, his work with at-risk students, his interactions with colleagues and his involvement in the community. Each insightful essay provides information in a clear and fresh manner.

This is a book I wish I had years ago when I started teaching. Now it is one that I want to make sure is in the hands of my colleagues so that collectively, for the good of all of our students, we will begin to own it.”

Beth Ekre, North Dakota Teacher of the Year

Beth Ekre

“Alex Kajitani gives expert advice ‘from the trenches’ in an easy style that feels like a chat with a trusted colleague over coffee. There is something for everyone (teacher or administrator) wishing to improve their practice and lead their school to positive change.”

Kim Reed, Principal
Conway Elementary School, Escondido, CA

Kim Reed