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.
Told by the former principal of an urban public high school
Going into my eighth year as principal, my colleagues and I took pride in our school’s transformation from among the lowest 5 percent in the state to one of the best neighborhood high schools in the city. Through our hard work, our students’ performance had improved dramatically. They knew that they had played a pivotal role in reclaiming their school by providing ideas for improvement, taking responsibility for the school, and their hard work. Our faculty had become deeply committed to a burgeoning professional culture marked by collaboration and by the development of caring, supportive relationships that promote all students’ success in school. We began to be recognized for our work. We ...