Culture Re-Boot: Reinvigorating School Culture to Improve Student Outcomes

Culture Re-Boot: Reinvigorating School Culture to Improve Student Outcomes

by Leslie S. (Scheukman) Kaplan, William A. Owings

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Culture Re-Boot: Reinvigorating School Culture to Improve Student Outcomes by Leslie S. (Scheukman) Kaplan, William A. Owings

Your start up menu for super-charged culture change

School culture is the invisible thread woven throughout your school that defines everything from dress codes to student success. Packed with workable strategies and real-life stories of culture re-boots, this practical handbook for change shows you how to:

  • Be the transformational leader your school needs to reinvigorate your school culture
  • Establish a student-centered learning culture focused on student outcomes
  • Engage teachers in culture-focused leadership teams to support teacher and student learning
  • Get parents and community on-board to collaborate for student achievement
  • Connect professional development and school culture for maximum results

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452277950
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Leslie S. Kaplan, Ed.D. is a retired school administrator in Newport News, VA and is currently a full-time education writer. She has provided middle and high school instructional and school improvement leadership as an assistant principal for instruction as well as central office leadership as a director of program development. Before becoming a school administrator, she worked as a middle and high school counselor, and these insights continue to infuse her leadership behaviors. Her professional interests focus on teacher quality, principal quality, and school finance and their relationship to school improvement and increasing student achievement. She has co-authored several books and monographs with William Owings including American Public School Finance (2nd edition); Educational Foundations (2nd edition); Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Education: Theory into Practice; The Effective Schools Movement: History, Analysis, and Application; Teacher Quality, Teaching Quality, and School Improvement; Best Practices, Best Thinking, and Emerging Issue in School Leadership; and Enhancing Teacher and Teaching Quality. Kaplan’s scholarly publications, co-authored with Owings’, appear in numerous peer-reviewed professional journals. Kaplan is co-editor of the Journal for Effective Schools, and also serves on the NASSP Bulletin Editorial Board. She is a past president of the Virginia Counselors’ Association and the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and presently sits on the board of Voices for Virginia’s Children.

William A. Owings, Ed.D. is currently a professor of educational leadership at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Owings has worked as a public school teacher, an elementary and high school principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. His professional interests are in school finance, principal quality, and teacher quality as they relate to school improvement and student achievement. In addition, his scholarly publications co-authored with Leslie Kaplan include articles in National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Bulletin, Journal of School Leadership, Journal of Education Finance, Journal of Effective Schools, Phi Delta Kappan, and the Teachers College Record. Owings has served on the state and international board of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), is currently the editor of the Journal for Effective Schools, and is on the Journal of Education Finance Editorial Advisory Board. He is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and a consultant on educational leadership, school finance, and instructional improvement. Owings and Kaplan share the 2008 Virginia Educational Research Association Charles Edgar Clear Research Award for Consistent and Substantial Contributions to Educational Research and Scholarship.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
1. School Culture and Change as Learning
Focus Questions
Why 40 Years of School Reform Has Not Worked (and Why Culture Re-Boot Will)
What is Culture Re-Boot?
What is School Culture?
Components of Positive School Cultures
Change as Organizational Learning
Understanding Your School’s Culture
Research: The Impact of School Culture on Student Achievement
2. School Leadership as Culture Building
Focus Questions
Leadership as Culture Building
How Principal Leaders Transform Their Schools
Understanding the Dynamics and Resources for Culture Re-Boot
How Principals Can Prepare for Culture Re-Boot
Research: Principal Leadership and Student Achievement
3. School Culture, Ethical Behavior, and Relational Trust
Focus Questions
School Culture and Ethical Behavior
School Culture and Relational Trust
Building Relational Trust with Parents
Research: Trust and Student Achievement
4. Developing Professional Capacity and Shared Influence
Focus Questions
Why Schools Should Develop Professional Capacity
Building Teachers’ Instructional Capacity
Building Teachers’ Leadership Capacities
Where We Go From Here
Research: How Building Teachers’ Capacity Improves School Outcomes
5. Establishing a Student-Centered Learning Culture
Focus Questions
Why We Need to Educate Every Child to High Levels
A Safe and Orderly Learning Environment
Teacher Expectations
Academic Press and Supports
6. Promoting and Creating Strong Parent-Community Ties
Focus Questions
Family Involvement and Student Outcomes
Challenges of Working with Parents in Culturally Diverse Communities
Ways to Involve Families with Schools
Working with the Community
7. Developing a Plan for Action
Focus Questions
Planning Overview

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