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 teacher at a suburban K–12 independent school for students with learning disabilities
In early March of 2020, talk of COVID-19 was beginning to seep into my school. We had heard news stories about schools in China that had been doing virtual learning for weeks. “Can you imagine if we had to do that?” Given that all of our students have learning disabilities, it seemed impossible that we could adapt our teaching to video chats and iPad apps. No matter, we thought. It would never happen here.
Within days, we found ourselves sitting in a faculty meeting being told that we would not be returning to school after spring break. We would be distance learning instead. The anxiety in the room was ...