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John Eller

About John Eller

John has authored a number of practitioner-related books in the area of leadership, working with difficult and resistant people, and employee evaluation. John serves as an executive coach and a conflict coach for mid-level executives, school principals, and superintendents. He consults nationally and his clients include school districts, educational service centers, intermediate education districts, national educational organizations, non-profit organizations, Federal government agencies, corporations and small businesses, and other agencies looking to improve the effectiveness of their leaders and employees. Dr. Eller works in the areas of dealing with difficult people, building professional learning communities, conferencing and coaching skills, school improvement planning and implementation, supervisory skills, and leadership effectiveness.

  • Eller, J. & Eller, S. (2011). Working with Difficult and Resistant Staff. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Eller, J. & Eller, S. (2009). Working with and Evaluating Difficult School Employees. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Eller, J. & Eller, S. (2009). Creative Strategies to Transform School Culture. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Carlson, H. & Eller, J. (2008). So, Now You’re the Superintendent. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. (Co-published with the American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA)
  • Eller, J. & Eller, S. (2006). Energizing Staff Meetings. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Eller, J. (2004). Effective Group Facilitation in Education: How to Energize Meetings and Manage Difficult Groups. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Eller, J. (2007). The Principals’ Guide to Custodial Supervision. Manhattan, KS: The Master Teacher.
Keynote Addresses
  • Minnesota Emerging Leaders Network, "School Culture and Its Impact on Student Achievement" March 2011.
  • Illinois ASCD Summer Leadership Conference, Galena, IL July 2008. Presented strategies for dealing with difficult and resistant people to teams of administrators from around the state at annual planning retreat.
  • CLM (Curriculum Leaders of Minnesota) Fall Conference November 2005. Taught curriculum leaders skills to energize and make their meetings more engaging. Demonstrated techniques in large-group setting.
  • Featured Author, National Association of Elementary School Principals National Convention, Seattle, Washington April, 2007. Presented a session on the best-selling book, Energizing Staff Meetings, to convention attendees.
  • Association for Supervison and Curriculum Development, National Conventions 1997-2010
  • “Alternative Data Sources for Teacher Evaluation”
  • “Teacher Evaluation in a Standards-Based Environment”
  • “Masterful Facilitation of Difficult Groups of People”
  • “Building Community through “Jazzed Up” Staff Meetings”
  • “Teacher Evaluation in a Standards-Based Environment”
  • “Energizing Staff Meetings”
  • “Working with Difficult and Resistant Staff Members”
  • “Creative Strategies to Positively Impact School Culture”
  • Presenter, NSDC (National Staff Development Council) National Convention 2005- 2008
  • “Energizing Staff Meetings”
  • “Facilitation of Groups through Change”
  • “Working with Angry and Difficult Groups of People”
  • “Creative Strategies to Improve School Culture”

“I left the seminar with practical, useable skills that I could immediately implement.”

“After spending a day with John Eller, I felt prepared to take on the challenging employees at my workplace.”

"Dr. Eller not only provided great content and practice opportunities, he also made the day fun. The time went by very quickly.”

Book Testimonial - "The Ellers have done an excellent job identifying supervision problems that plague administrators on a daily basis. They provide clear and detailed strategies to address personnel problems covering virtually every employment group. I strongly recommend this book as a quick reference for all school administrators as they deal with difficult employees."
Dan Hoverman, Superintendent
Mounds View Public Schools, MN