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.



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A Culture of Caring

The stories in this book shine a bright light on the critical importance of caring in school leadership during times of crisis. They show how being caring of individuals and caring through school community can help schools encounter and recover from crisis. They tell of a wide range of emotional, psychological, and tangible benefits.

Across these stories we see that caring in crisis situations is the same, at its heart, as caring during ordinary times. Its aims are the same. It flows from the same positive virtues and mindsets. And its enactment requires competence. Crises may amplify the intensity of caring, and specific expressions may vary depending on the crisis situation. Nevertheless, we have no reason to believe that there are ...

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