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.

“With Every Difficulty, There Is Relief”

“With every difficulty, there is relief”

Told by a department chair of an urban PreK–12 independent school

As an effort to promote the inclusion of students in our school community, a small group of seventh- and eighth-grade girls took responsibility for the inspirational quotes bulletin board. Typically, students displayed a Bible verse about generosity or kindness toward others because the girls in charge of the board all attended church together in this predominantly conservative Christian community.

One week, after asking a teacher if it would be OK, a Muslim student proposed a verse from the Qur’an: “So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief (94:5).” The girls in charge printed the quote and affixed it to the board as the only inspirational ...

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