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Crisis Management and the School Community

Crisis Management and the School Community by Mardie Whitla
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Crisis Management and the School Community offers practical response and recovery procedures for school leaders dealing with emergencies, both within the school and in the larger community. This fully revised second edition covers crisis events such as a death in the family, a school fire, student casualties in car accidents, student suicide, natural disasters and terrorist attacks. This book combines theory and practice to provide guidelines for: • managing response and recovery procedures; • understanding the grieving process; • developing people management and leadership skills; • communicating appropriately; • including staff and students in the recovery process; • coping better with future crises. The practical workshop approach in Crisis Management and the School Community shows school leaders how to develop their own crisis intervention procedures. The emphasis is on real scenarios in which leaders ask themselves: What will I do in the next hour? 12 hours? 24 hours? The first week? The longer term? Personal accounts by teachers, principals and others show how they reacted to actual crises and what was important in retrospect. As one principal says, ‘The advice I feel strongly about is to be sure you regularly involve your staff in making decisions about how the school will operate’. A well-prepared response and recovery plan for crisis management is essential for every school community. Crisis Management and the School Community will assist in developing such a plan.
Australian Council for Educational Research; October 2003
201 pages; ISBN 9781417505319
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Title: Crisis Management and the School Community
Author: Mardie Whitla