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.

Keeping Connected With the Kids

Keeping connected with the kids

Told by the principal of a suburban public elementary school

As COVID spread and we transitioned to remote learning, I sensed the anxiety of students, teachers, and families around what this next little while would be like. Not far beneath the surface of that unease was a realization that all the habits, customs, rhythms, and routines we knew and counted on would be disrupted. I knew that for myself and for our school community, finding things we could still do that in some way resembled the way we would have done them was going to be important.

On the first day of remote learning and every day thereafter for the next 2½ months until the school year ended, ...

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