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Crisis Management
And Response


Knowing what to do to prevent a crisis -- or how to respond to one when it happens -- is part of the principal's job. How well prepared are you to handle the inevitable crisis? The articles below from Education World's archive share stories and practical tips for that moment when you must be prepared to respond quickly.

Crisis Planning -- Have You Done Yours?
No one can predict when or where the next disaster or tragedy will strike, so principals must be prepared to deal with any possible crisis. Principals who develop effective crisis plans are those who understand the true meaning of the saying, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail."


Find more articles of interest in the following Education World resources:

School Issues: Safety and Security

Buildings and Building Management

Counseling Students

PR for Principals

Stress on the Job

See our complete archive of Focus On articles. More than three dozen hot topics of interest to principals.

BRAVO Principals... Help Staffs and Students Cope With Stress
Sandra Harris has seen firsthand how principals have handled the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But not all disasters are natural ones. In the event of job loss, illness, death, and divorce BRAVO principals do all that they can to help faculty and students cope.

Preparing For The Worst: Why Schools Need Terrorism Plans
With terrorism advisories and talk of war commonplace, school principals need to create and test terrorism preparedness plans of their own, according to some school security consultants. Included: Recommendations for developing and implementing a plan.

When Tragedy Strikes: What Schools Should Do
Tragedies happen. And teachers must face their students after the unthinkable happens. Education World talks to educators and psychologists who have helped students and teachers deal with death, suicide, and murder. Included: Tips for teachers, administrators.

Guide Helps Schools Guard Against Violence
The Department of Education and the Department of Justice joined forces to create a 68-page "how-to" guidebook to help schools and communities prevent school violence. The manual, Safeguarding Our Children: An Action Guide, is available online.

An Education World e-Interview: Youth Violence Expert James Garbarino
National youth violence expert James Garbarino, the author of Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them, talks with Education World. Included: Garbarino's ideas about how we can make our schools safe again.

Public Relations 101: How-To Tips for School Administrators
Are you looking to improve communications between school and home? Do you want to get the media to pay more attention to the good things that are going on in your school? Do you know how to handle a crisis? Included: Tips from PR consultant William Harms.

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Last updated 06/26/2008