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.

Biting

Biting

Told by the former director of an urban early childhood center and preschool

During my years as an early childhood center and preschool director, it was biting that led to my most significant leadership challenges. Biting is not at all uncommon before the age of 3, occurring most often during the mobile infant and toddler years. Some young children will move through a short phase, whereas more rarely, others will form a biting habit that may take additional support to unlearn. Teething, overstimulation, exhaustion, hunger, and emotional distress can all lead to biting. It’s not fun, it hurts, and it’s certainly behavior that needs to be addressed, just as throwing or grabbing toys, limit testing, and temper tantrums require intervention.

Unlike other undesirable behaviors seen ...

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