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.

Coping With Loss

Coping with loss

Told by the chief administrator of a rural charter school

Our school had developed and continuously refined remote learning practices for several years, so when we were forced into weeks-long remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, our teachers, administrators, and support staff felt well prepared to expand the same remote learning environment to which we had all become accustomed. But after only a week of operating this model on a daily basis, our teachers noticed several disturbing patterns in student behavior that we hadn’t seen in the past.

Students who were at least moderately engaged in school failed to connect to their online classes each day. At the same time, teachers would log on as scheduled only to discover that ...

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