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.

No Hugs, No Bugs

No hugs, no bugs

Told by the principal of an urban public elementary school

It was hardly fathomable that anything could shut down America’s schools. In my city, we’ve had blizzards and arctic blasts that have closed them, but these events have been localized and never lasted long. As news of a strange virus began to circulate, it didn’t occur to me that what was going on so far away would be part of our lives and so dramatically affect our small elementary school. For in fact, it is “our” school—ours in the sense of the community we have built within the school among students, teachers, staff, and parents and ours in the sense that this school belongs to the community and the ...

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