Leadership through continued uncertainty

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Leadership through continued uncertainty (1 February 2022)
What lessons are we learning about school leadership while navigating the unpredictable and evolving landscape of education? 

We posed this question and others to administrators from NEASC Accredited schools who shared valuable tools and skills they've developed for dealing with staff shortages, navigating fluctuating COVID guidelines, supporting staff and students, and finding the personal reserve to maintain purpose and persevere.


Gary B. Franklin, Principal
Northwestern Regional High School, Regional School District No. 7 - Winsted, Connecticut, USA

Ahmed Geddy, Academic Director
Next Generation School, Dubai

Erin Mayo, Head of School
Fryeburg Academy - Fryeburg, Maine, USA

Mary Anne Moran, Principal
Nipmuc Regional High School, Upton, Massachusetts, USA

Caitlin Murphy, Headmaster
The English High School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Dan Richard, Head of School
Saint Raphael Academy, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

Melani Horcajuelo Torres, Director
Madrid Active School, Spain


Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments (Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Marie Hubley Alcock; 2017)

Leadership Lessons Learned from COVID (Brooke Douglas; TELjournal.ca, November 2020)

4 Crucial Lessons for School Leaders Facing a Difficult Year (Maria Akinyele; Edutopia, August 2021)

Why Traditional Leadership Strategies Don’t Work (Robyn R. Jackson; ASCD, June 2021)

Strong school leaders will be essential in next phase of pandemic (Chris Minnich; EdSource, January 2022)

So What About Leadership Wellness? Healthy organizations require healthy leaders (Brian Andjelic, CASS; EdCan Network, 2019)

The power of empathy in times of crisis and beyond (Tara Van Bommel, PhD; Catalyst, 2021)

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Carol S. Dweck; Random House, 2006)

Developing a Growth Mindset with Professor Carol Dweck (Video; Stanford+Connects micro lecture)

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff (Keith Heggart; Edutopia, February 2015)


Staff well-being

The four key ways we’re supporting staff wellbeing (Laura Fordham; gov.uk teaching blog, November 2021)

Supporting staff wellbeing (Mentally Healthy Schools/Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families)



Transforming Teaching: Global Responses to Teaching Under the Covid-19 Pandemic (Lucy Cooker, Tony Cotton, Helen Toft; Routledge, 2021)

Addressing students’ pandemic ‘learning loss’ (Dr. Toby A. Travis, TrustEd; eSchool News; December 2021)

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (Zaretta L. Hammond; Corwin, 2014)