ISBN-10:
1596670983
ISBN-13:
9781596670983
Pub. Date:
02/23/2009
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Creating School Cultures That Embrace Learning: What Successful Leaders Do

Creating School Cultures That Embrace Learning: What Successful Leaders Do

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ISBN-13: 9781596670983
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/23/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 170
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Acknowledgment of Contributing Schools vii

Introduction xv

The Animal School: A Fable xv

by George Reavis xv

1 Creating a New Focus 1

Origins of School Culture 3

Defining School Culture 4

Integrated Patterns of School Culture 6

Collateral Damage 7

Paradigm Shift and Resistance to Change 8

Introducing Change to a Faculty 9

Why Do We do Things This Way? 10

Creating Visible Change 13

Chapter Summary 14

2 Toxic School Cultures 15

The Look of a Toxic School Culture 17

The Effects of a Toxic School Culture 19

Toxicity to Student Learning 19

Toxicity to Students 20

Toxicity to Staff 20

Toxicity to Parents 21

Overcoming Toxicity-George Hall Elementary School, Mobile, Alabama 21

Positive versus Negative School Cultures 31

Chapter Summary 33

3 Setting the Stage for Improving School Culture 35

Teacher and Principal Perspectives 37

Improving School Culture Through Communication 41

School Culture Triage 42

School Culture Assessment 45

What is a School Culture Assessment? 45

Step 1 Interviews 46

Step 2 Observations 49

Step 3 Survey 50

School Culture Survey 52

Step 4 Evaluation 54

Step 5 Presentation 55

Presentation Tips 56

Chapter Summary 56

4 The Challenge of Changing a School Culture 57

Rip Van Winkle 59

The Challenge of Change 59

Paradigms and Educational Change 60

Expect Resistance to Change 61

Paradigms and Implementing Change 62

Miller Magnet Middle School, Macon, Georgia 63

Chapter Summary 68

5 Student Achievement in a Positive School Culture 69

Challenging the Status Quo 71

Leadership Behaviors in a Positive School Culture 72

Chapter Summary 76

6 The Human Element of School Culture 77

The Human Element and Change 79

School Culture and Human Behavior 80

The Challenges of School Leadership 81

Phil's Predicament 82

What Would Have Been a Better Approach? 83

Having the Right People in the Right Place 84

Chapter Summary 86

7 Creating a Shared Vision of Excellence 87

Vision Building 89

Dissecting the School Mission Statement 91

Thought, Speech, Action, and Artifacts 93

Perceptions of a Culture-Seeing is Believing 94

Does Your Practice Match Your Convictions? 95

Chapter Summary 101

8 Developing an Instructional Leadership Team 103

The Instructional Leadership Team 105

Collective Responsibility 107

Commitment to Continual Professional and Intellectual Growth 109

Buckhorn High School, New Market, Alabama 109

Root Cause Analysis 115

Distributed or Shared Leadership 116

Develop a Leadership Team 118

Provide Professional Development for the Team 118

Determine a Starting Point 119

Allow the Team to Work 119

Chapter Summary 119

9 School Culture's Impact on Improving Student Learning 121

Understanding and Embracing Diversity 123

Cross the Room: An Activity for Understanding 123

Improving Instruction 127

Effective Leadership 128

Individual and Collective Efficacy 129

First, Do No Harm 130

Reinforce What Is Right with the School Culture 131

Chapter Summary 133

10 Improving School Culture 135

Fourteen Things all Leaders Should Know to Improve School Culture 137

A Day in the Life of the High School for Public Service 142

Finding Value in Chaos 144

Chapter Summary 145

References 147

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