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.

My Zoom Isn’t Working!

My zoom isn’t working!

Told by the assistant principal of an urban public elementary school

I had begun my morning as I normally do—walking the hallways, hurrying along tardy students, poking my head into classrooms, greeting another day of learning—when Nancy careened around the corner, gasping for breath, eyes red with panic and perhaps even an errant tear. “My Zoom isn’t working!”

Even under normal circumstances Nancy is a little high-strung. It’s because she cares. It’s because she wants to feel successful. It’s because she believes she is called to be a teacher. She’s told me as much, and her commitment to her students is confirmed by her work. That day, however, seemed different. Nancy was paralyzed with anxiety. How was she supposed to ...

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