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Caring School Leadership

Caring School Leadership

January 2020 | 192 pages | Corwin

Principles and possibilities to inform and inspire caring in your leadership practices!

Do you feel like something is missing in today’s schools? Do you feel student success is too focused on academic accountability, test scores, and college readiness? Recalibrate your leadership with the help of this book to promote the practice of caring which, with academic rigor, is essential to effective schooling.

Caring School Leadership is a research-based collection of ideas, principles, and values illustrated with numerous examples and stories that will inform, inspire, and guide you. Evaluate your current leadership practice and evolve to lead in the way to which you aspire. In addition to insights and lessons about caring from educators and human service professions like nursing and ministry, readers will be introduced to themes of

·         Caring in interpersonal relationships with students
·         Cultivating schools as caring environments
·         Fostering caring in families and communities

About the Authors
Introduction: Four Stories of Caring School Leadership

Giving and Taking the Chance


No One Graduates Alone

Chapter 1: Caring: The Heart of Caring School Leadership
A Case for Caring in Schools

What Do We Mean by Caring?

How Does Caring Work?

Cautionary Notes: Problems and Pitfalls of Caring

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Chapter 2: A Model of Caring School Leadership
Defining Caring School Leadership

A Model

Considerations for the Practice of Caring Leadership

Caring School Leadership and Educational Equity

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Chapter 3: Being Caring in Relationships with Students
Dynamics of Principal–Student Relationships

What Makes Student–Principal Relationships Caring?

Practices of Presence

Practices of Attentiveness and Inquiry

Interpersonal Communication With Students

Acting on Behalf of Students

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Chapter 4: Cultivating Schools as Caring Communities
The Meaning of Caring Community

Leadership as Cultivation

Approaches to Cultivating Caring and Community

Developing Capacity for Caring Community

Promoting Enabling Conditions

Engaging Parents and Caregivers

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Chapter 5: Fostering Caring in Families and Communities Beyond the School
Nature of the Work

Fostering Caring in Families

Fostering Caring in Communities

Insights From Community Organizing and Community Development

Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Chapter 6: Developing Caring School Leadership
What Should Be Developed: A Review

Development Activities and Experiences

Learning From Experience

Avoiding the Problems and Pitfalls of Caring

Caring for Oneself

Questions for Reflection and Discussion


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