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Caring School Leadership

The lessons and principles in this book inform and inspire caring; the matter, the manner, and the motivation of all aspects of school leadership, manifest in many ways.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544320113
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: January 27, 2020

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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

Key features

This book will focus on caring and caring leadership at both interpersonal and organizational levels. There have been very few treatments of caring as applied to school leadership. Most attention has been paid to caring among teachers and students. Moreover, most books in education on caring focus on the interpersonal dimensions of caring, the actions and interactions between the one caring and the one cared for. While the interpersonal is very important in our conceptualization of caring school leadership, this book will argue that caring in leadership cannot be fully understood nor its benefits fully achieved without exploring caring organizationally and without examining the role of leadership in cultivating caring among others and promoting aspects of school organization conducive to caring.

This book is unlike many other books about school leadership practice. Readers will not find in this book “to-do” lists or scripts. Readers will not find compilations of strategies that are universally effective. This book is an exposition of ideas, principles, and values illustrated with examples of how to make school leadership practice more caring. We present caring school leadership as situational, dynamic, relational, and personal. There is no “one size fits all” for caring leadership. We eschew the notion of recipes, of telling readers specifically what to do. Instead, we present principles and possibilities to inform and inspire.

A key feature of this book will be multiple vignettes of practice illustrating actions and interactions of caring and caring leadership in schools. We have collected nearly 40 first-person stories recounting acts of caring and caring school leadership from practicing principals, assistant, and associate principals and teachers. The authors will be collecting more of these stories as they prepare the final manuscript. These stories include both “hits and misses”, that is, actions and interactions that achieve the aims of caring and those that fall short.

The authors will include summaries of arguments and take-away points at the end of each chapter. These summaries will be accompanied by study/discussion questions that will aim to engage readers more deeply in the content of each chapter and challenge them to consider this content in relation to their own practice.



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Mark A. Smylie

Mark A. Smylie is professor of education emeritus in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and visiting professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. Before his work in higher education, Smylie was a high school social studies teacher. Smylie served as secretary-treasurer of the National Society for the Study of Education and as a director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago. His work has appeared in the American Education Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Policy, Journal of School Leadership, and Review of Research in Education. Smylie has worked with schools, school districts, and school administrator and teacher professional associations through joint projects, advising, and school leader development activities. He has served on advisory boards of numerous regional and national professional and policy organizations concerned with education generally and leadership in particular. Smylie’s research focuses on school organization, leadership, and change.
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Joseph F. Murphy

Joseph F. Murphy is the Frank W. Mayborn Chair and associate dean at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. He has also been a faculty member at the University of Illinois and The Ohio State University, where he was the William Ray Flesher Professor of Education. In the public schools, he has served as an administrator at the school, district, and state levels, including an appointment as the executive assistant to the chief deputy superintendent of public instruction in California. His most recent appointment was as the founding president of the Ohio Principals Leadership Academy. At the university level, he has served as department chair and associate dean.

He is past vice president of the American Educational Research Association and was the founding chair of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). He is co-editor of the AERA Handbook on Educational Administration (1999) and editor of the National Society for the Study of Education (NSSE) yearbook, The Educational Leadership Challenge (2002).

His work is in the area of school improvement, with special emphasis on leadership and policy. He has authored or co-authored 18 books in this area and edited another 12. His most recent authored volumes include Understanding and Assessing the Charter School Movement (2002), Leadership for Literacy: Research-Based Practice, PreK-3 (2003), Connecting Teacher Leadership and School Improvement (2005), Preparing School Leaders: Defining a Research and Action Agenda (2006), and Turning Around Failing Schools: Lessons From the Organizational Sciences.\

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Karen Seashore Louis

Karen Seashore Louis is the Rodney Wallace Professor of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Her area of expertise includes improvement in K–12 leadership and policy over the last 30 years, particularly in urban secondary schools. Louis also conducts research on organizational changes within higher education, with particular attention to faculty roles, and on international comparative policy in educational reform. A past president of Division A of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), she is a widely published author in the field. Recent books include Organizing for School Change, Leadership for Change and School Improvement: International Perspectives, Handbook of Educational Administration, Second Edition, and Organizational Learning in Schools. Louis earned a bachelor's degree in History from Swarthmore College and a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



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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