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1 The Shaping School Culture Fieldbook Joe Childers 2/13/2012

2 Introduction Please answer the following question on the Post it: – If my school was an animal, it would be a______ because_______

3 The Book Written by Terrence Deal and Kent Peterson in 2009 Instructional Content and Reflection guide Two parts – Assessment – Action Plan

4 Part I: Assessing School Culture Chapters are broken down into “core values” – Vision and Values – Rituals and Ceremonies – History – Informal Relationships – Artifacts and Symbols

5 Vision A dream of what a school can become Key terms related to vision – Mission Not just the poster in the hallway – Values What is “good” (Ott 1989)

6 Vision (cont.) Beliefs – Understandings about the world around us Norms – Expectations of all aspects of schooling Assumptions – System of beliefs that guide behavior

7 Vision Activity If my school were an animal… – Divide into small groups – Analyze the meaning of the metaphors Octopus – Arms reaching out everywhere and connected to the center – Arms reaching out everywhere with no backbone

8 Ritual and Ceremony Rituals – Allow students and staff to stay connected – Beginning of the year rituals Traditions – Allow for reflection on cultural roots – FCAT/Testing Ceremonies – Allow for recognition of all sorts

9 Rituals, Traditions & Ceremonies “symbolic glue that binds a school together”(Deal & Peterson, 2009, p. 42)

10 History Leaders should understand the triumph and tragedy of their school Use history as a motivator – Storytelling Ups and Downs – Present message of hope or success

11 Informal Roles Every school has a unique cast of characters School leaders need to understand the unassigned roles each teacher has Both negative and positive

12 Keeper of the Dream/Nightmare Keepers of the Dream tell stories of success and hope, no matter the topic Keepers of the Nightmare dwell on the negative, with no hope

13 Gossips vs. Rumor Mongers Every school has an inside source for “juicy” details Rumor Mongers spread with negative outlook

14 Martyrs Make great personal sacrifice for their job Want all of the recognition and adulation May be “good” teachers academically, but demoralizing to a school

15 Symbols and Artifacts The aesthetics of culture How we “show off” Physical Symbols – Trophy Cases – Mission Banners Non-physical Symbols – Actions – Presentation

16 Symbolic Garage Sale Staff members decide what should be done with certain ideals, objects, programs and teaching philosophies Excellent way to reflect

17 Garage Sale Museum – Symbols that were once successful and should be remembered, but not used actively Not For Sale – Symbols crucial to student success Needs Repair – Symbols that have potential but need tweeking

18 Garage Sale (Cont.) Reclaimed – Lost symbols that have worked in the past Toxic Waste Dump – Symbols that need to go and never return

19 Part II: Taking Action Negativity spreaders should be confronted head-on Use public forum for air grievances – Festivus Recruit and retain positive players who buy into school mission Spread positivity, not negativity

20 Taking Action: Bifocal Leader Principal is not only a manager (discipline, etc.) Symbolic Leader – Historian-Delve into the past – Anthropological Detective-uncovers norms/values – Visionary-spread deeper purpose – Poet-articulates core values – Actors-improvise to lead in social drama – Healer-minister to wounds during tragedy/conflict

21 The Road Ahead Identify cultural values in school Assess what works and what needs to be changed CHANGE! – “In today’s world, everyone is for change, as long as they or those around them do not have to do anything differently (Deal and Peterson, p. 255)

22 Reaction: Strengths Format-easy to jump to and use Writing Style-uses similarities and differences – Marzano-Instructional strategy that yields highest gains Content Rich – Honesty-have to be truthful to yourself

23 Strengths (Cont.) Honesty – Have to be truthful when assessing your staff and yourself Symbolism-Allow Mission to dictate your path – You never see a mission that says, “to have all students pass the FCAT,” but is that the “mission” we strive towards?

24 Reaction: Weaknesses Redundant – Chapter 8 not necessary Weak Action Plan – Too much content, not enough action plan ideas No discussion of administration/student relationships

25 FPL Standards Standard 5, Section D: Provides recurring monitoring and feedback on quality of learning environment – Garage Sale Activity Standard 6: Decision Making – All decisions should be made by following path created in mission statement Standard 9, Section D: High visibility – Lead by positive example through actions and words

26 Conclusion Do not allow school culture to be put on the back burner Cultural Success leads to academic success Smile


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