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.



Told by a former small-town public elementary school principal

It is hard not to fall in love with your students when you are an elementary school principal. They greet you each morning with a hug and a snaggle-tooth grin. They expect nothing in return except a nod of recognition as they head off to their classrooms each morning. I had so many of these moments as an assistant principal and principal. What I learned quickly was that those sweet smiles and big hugs often mask the pain that some children endure. As children move through the grades, I discovered that some of my students were at risk. They learned and thrived at school even though their home environments were unstable. Divorce, food insecurity, abuse, and ...

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