Learn, reflect, and grow from 40 true stories of caring school leadership during times of crisis Each crisis brings its own issues and unique traumas, and when they happen, most leaders handle the moment by leaning into triage and logistics. This book suggests focusing on more - specifically, on the people they serve. Are you up to the task? These 40 real stories, from a wide range of schools and settings during many types of crises, show how caring school leadership adopted caring people-first strategies. This book will help you and your teams be inspired to prepare for, perhaps prevent, respond to, and recover from your own school crises. Within these pages, you will find: An introduction to what crisis and caring school leadership means Helpful lists to guide caring leadership practices A review of current crisis management literature Questions, reflection, and prompts to engage with story learnings Prepare now to be the concerned, caring, and constant leader your school will need when crises come as well as making your leadership and school more caring when those same crises subside.

Introduction: Crises and Caring School Leadership

Introduction: Crises and caring school leadership

A drawing of an open umbrella over which rain droplets fall.

Crisis Comes

Crisis has become a prominent condition of contemporary organizational life.2 No organization is immune. It is not a question of whether a crisis will strike an organization but only a matter of when, how, what form it will take, and who and how many people will be affected.

It follows that all organizational leaders can count on facing some kind of crisis at some point in their careers.3 Most will face multiple crises. Sometimes crises will come one at a time and will be spread far apart. Sometimes they will come in rapid succession, even simultaneously. Thus, every leader will at some point become a crisis leader.

Most crises do not announce their coming. ...

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