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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


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: Four Stories of Caring School Leadership
Ana

 
Giving and Taking the Chance

 
Seth

 
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

 
 
References
 
Index

“Caring is fundamental for learning. Ask any child. This book explores caring as a ‘quality of relationship’ that points educators in the direction of professional involvement to enhance the school and learning experience. Through an exploration of caring as a leadership responsibility the authors not only make the case that caring is crucial to learning, but that every adult in a school makes a difference in the life of every child entrusted to that school.”

James Berryy
Eastern Michigan University

“Smylie, Murphy, and Louis employ research-based examples to lucidly explain and translate what they mean by ‘caring school leadership’ and they encourage exploring reflection and redefining school structures to facilitate integrating caring into current practice. They call on leaders to embrace caring by providing a range of approaches that include relying on norms and values of communities served, storytelling, positive modeling, and culturally responsive approaches to do their work.”

Mark Anthony Gooden
Teachers College, Columbia University

Caring School Leadership is what has been missing from both leadership theory and practical leadership studies. Without addressing the questions posed in this book, leaders are left unable to answer a central question: ‘Why are you an educational leader?’ Beyond the rich and timely theoretical contributions, this work guides practicing school leaders in their journey of becoming caring and nurturing toward the communities they serve.”

Muhammad Khalifa
University of Minnesota

“There are times when wisdom cannot be found in the academy but rest assured that you will find wisdom in this book, which presents a compelling model for caring school leadership. Smylie, Murphy, and Louis offer the most incisive, analytical, and yet practical approach to developing school leaders who are caring leaders. This is an excellent resource for faculty teaching aspiring and current school leaders—a must-read!”

Pedro Reyes
University of Texas-Austin

“There are many international contexts today where the ‘push-me-pull-me’ approach to schooling outweighs the wisdom of compassion. This timely book offers a much-welcomed counter-narrative to that trend. The book is bursting with ideas—not surprising given the track record of the authors. I would encourage school principals to gobble up the book’s many insights into the practice of caring leadership. Caring leadership—as the authors argue so powerfully—is a dynamic ministry. It is also the kind of moral endeavor so needed in our troubled times.”

Kathryn Riley
University College of London

“For anyone interested in the difficult and vital work of creating caring school communities, this is a deeply thoughtful, humane and highly practical book. Drawing on a large body of research and the stories and wisdom of practitioners, Caring School Leadership compellingly articulates what caring is, how it functions and why it is at the core of human flourishing in so many aspects of our academic, social, emotional and ethical lives. There are no checklists or ‘one size fits all’ approaches here. This book provides a vision of caring school leadership that is contextual, fluid, and contingent upon the most basic aspects of human interaction and relationships. It is a vital resource for school administrators interested in both interpersonal and systematic ways of create caring and inclusive communities. It makes me hopeful that many more young people can develop the motivation and skills needed to recognize our shared humanity, support and help others in ways that are true and meaningful, and develop the sustained, caring relationships at the heart of a wonderful life.”

Richard Weissbourd
Harvard Graduate School of Education and Kennedy School of Government

“Finally, a book that gets at the heart and soul of school leadership. Smylie, Murphy, and Louis describe what caring leadership looks and feels like, and how leaders create trust, build relationships, and develop a culture of caring so that students can focus on academics. Our schools need leaders who lead from the heart.”

Jacquelyn Wilson e
University of Delware

Caring School Leadership goes straight to the heart of what it takes to be a great and good leader in today’s schools: caring. Smylie, Murphy, and Louis provide a compelling vision for care-centered schools and support this vision with instructive examples and practical guidance. Although meant for the education community, the book provides valuable lessons for anyone in a leadership
position in today’s complex and demanding world.”

Michelle D. Young
University of Virginia

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Mark Andrew Smylie

Mark A. Smylie is professor of education at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Smylie’s research concerns school organization and processes of school organizational change, administrative and teacher leadership and development, and urban school improvement. 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. He has contributed chapters to numerous books on teachers and teaching, leadership and administration, and educational change... More About Author

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... More About Author

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... More About Author

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