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Stories of Caring School Leadership

Stories of Caring School Leadership is a comprehensive resource of real-life examples that demonstrate what is possible when caring leadership is practiced.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071801826
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 168
  • Publication date: August 24, 2020

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Real-life examples to inform and inspire caring in your leadership practices!

The practice of caring is essential to effective schooling. Published as a companion to Caring School Leadership, this comprehensive resource of powerful, real-life stories will make clear the connection between caring leadership and student academic success and well-being. Stories of Caring School Leadership includes a guide for using the stories in self-directed reflection and learning, for educators practicing in schools and professional preparation programs. Readers will find stories that

• will help aspiring and practicing leaders reflect upon and further develop caring as a quality of their leadership
• affirm the importance of caring as a fundamental quality of school leadership
• provide examples of caring school leadership in action that can be analyzed, reflected upon, and used to develop practice

Stories have the power to inform and inspire. The stories in this book are evidence of what is possible when caring leadership is practiced in our schools.


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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

List of Illustrations



About the Authors

Introduction: Caring School Leadership

Collection I: Stories of Being Caring in Relationships with Students


Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Stories From PreK and Elementary Schools

1. Walk You to School?

2. Terry

3. Ana

4. I Don’t Have a Knife

5. Opening Up

6. Had It Gone a Different Way

7. Three Musketeers

8. Fever Free and Smiling

9. Now What Do I Do?

10. Sheila

11. Pizza and a Football

12. Connecting

13. Two Yearbooks

14. The Lunchroom

Stories From Secondary Schools

15. Minister of Presence

16. Sue Knows She Is Loved

17. What’s Going on With Renee?

18. Promise

19. Red Sneakers

20. Nate

21. Patrick

22. Four Years With That Student

23. On the Bus Ramp

24. Giving and Taking the Chance

25. You Just Gotta Be Calm

26. Not Giving Up

27. The Last Leg

28. I’ve Got Your Back

29. Toss and Turn

30. Authentic Care

31. Jason

32. Let Me Work on That

33. The Business Card

34. Not All Who Wander Are Lost

35. Not Too Tired to Be Caring

36. Swimming Upstream

37. Try This

38. The Tux

39. Breaking the Law

40. No Pity, Just Care

41. It’s Because My School Family Loves Me

42. Natalie

43. Our Collective Responsibility

44. Bicycle Built for Two

Collection II: Stories of Cultivating Schools as Caring Communities


Questions for Reflection and Discussion

Stories From Elementary Schools

45. We Like the Egg Chairs

46. Hear My Message, Not My Tone

47. Family Connect Time

48. Our Transformation

49. Dots

50. Season of Giving

51. Evaluating Faculty With Challenge and Support

52. Coaching With Care

53. Accepting Your Feelings

54. Seth

55. Learning Together

56. Helping a Teacher Build Relationships With Students

57. Buddy Bench

58. 360 Degrees of Caring

59. The Results Are In

60. Always There for Me

61. Lunch With the Principal

62. School Welcomes

Stories From Secondary Schools

63. We Choose Relationships

64. Small Steps

65. Getting You Ready to Walk

66. Student Advocates

67. Grab a Sandwich

68. Welcome to Refugee High

69. Do We Really Know?

70. Setting Rules and Policies

71. No One Graduates Alone

72. Responding to the Crises

73. Good Works Toward Each Other

74. Fostering a Caring Faculty Culture

75. Promoting Safety and Community Through Near Peer Mentoring

76. When It Is Actually Not Easy

77. Mama Bears

78. Celebrating Matt

79. Everyone Has a Voice

80. Our Work Is Really All About Caring

81. A More Inclusive Culture

82. Enforcing the Norms

83. True Safety

84. Gail and Her Girls

85. Our Food Pantry

Collection III: Stories of Fostering Caring in Families and Community


Questions for Reflection and Discussion

86. Engaging Parents in Equity Dialogues

87. The Fire

88. Family Support

89. This School Is Here for You

90. An Open Letter to Parents of Children Throughout New York State Regarding Grades 3–8 Testing

91. Community Career Fairs and Pop-Up Food Banks

92. Born and Bred

93. We Are Going to Be Together in This

94. My Mom Is in Trouble

95. We Just Couldn’t See It

96. Our Next Mayor

97. Promoting Early Childhood Education in Families and the Community

98. Visiting With the Kids

99. Parent University

100. What Can We Do?




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