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.

One Sows, Another Reaps

One sows, another reaps

Told by a former teacher in an urban secondary charter school

As a first-year teacher at a notoriously rigid urban charter school serving middle and high school students, I had my work cut out for me. On top of issuing merits and demerits, enforcing silence in hallways, and trying to navigate my way through a new city, I had to teach my students. I stumbled through the fall semester doing my best but possessing a nagging suspicion that I was failing my kids. At the end of a particularly long day, I was working the dismissal line with my principal, Mr. Volker.

Mr. Volker grew up in the neighborhood, attended the local university, and stayed to become the school’s ...

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