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 District Office Caring for Teachers

A district office caring for teachers

Told by a district coordinator of a suburban public school district

“We must respond now” was the tone of the messaging as our district moved to quickly help teachers address the unprecedented demands being made on them during the COVID-19 pandemic. These demands included teachers needing to meet the needs not only of students in their classrooms but also of those learning from home. They included increasing demands at home. And they included demands that teachers attend to their own physical and mental well-being. My district’s leadership took these needs seriously.

Only a few months into the pandemic, district leadership was consistently hearing how their teachers were wearing down. They needed more time to do ...

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