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.

A Deadly Threat

A deadly threat

Told by the principal of an urban public high school

I was principal of a high school with a student enrollment that was 85 percent Mexican American and 15 percent African American. The Mexican American and African American students lived in two adjoining communities that generally did not get along well. There were sometimes violent clashes between them. Most occurred among the adults of these communities, and gangs were prevalent. Luckily, Mexican American and African American students generally got along well within the school.

As is the case in many urban areas, the African American students had to ride a city bus or walk through the Mexican American neighborhood to get to our school and to return home. Sometimes there would ...

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