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Shayne Goodrum, Ph.D Sherry Ward,
Share some research-based understandings about how school culture impacts student success Share steps for changing a schools culture Share 2 tools school leaders can use to surface culture issues to start the change process
The shared beliefs and values of a school What people agree is true and right
These beliefs become entrenched and can persist after changes in the schools environment render them irrelevant or harmful Therefore – culture is both a resource and a risk.
... school culture is the ultimate ceiling on our ability to transform our school and raise standards. Other initiatives, whether focusing on teaching strategies, leadership development, structure, team work or collaboration are wasted, doomed to deliver a fraction of their potential, without the right cultural supports. p. 6, A Culture for Learning
Have the highest ambitions for each student Put the welfare of students ahead of the comfort of staff Held teachers accountable to the whole school; reduce professional autonomy Promote teamwork and learning from each other Are intolerant of failure and excuses from staff Value service delivery
Informal and less conscious channels Rites and rituals of school life Culture is transmitted through
Operational: tasks of running a school or teaching (e.g. the way we divide our attention to students in a lesson) Reinforcing: actions that communicate and reinforce our actions and beliefs (e.g. rites of passage for a new staff member at a school
Rituals: celebrations, ceremonies, shared mannerisms Hero Making: role models, hierarchies, mentors, scapegoats Storytelling: shared humor, common anecdotes, oral and written history Symbolic Displays: decoration, trophies Rules: etiquette, taboos, tacit permissions
Your biggest celebration this year-what did you celebrate? Who is the most respected person in the school?-Why is that person so highly respected? Please name The first thing you notice in the school reception area Something that commonly happens in other schools that could never happen in your school The behavior in an adult that is most frowned upon Something that people regularly get away with (things you know are wrong but still do – e.g. late for meetings) Something that people worry about a great deal
Is difficult through traditional, top-down managerial techniques
Values and beliefs are no longer suited to the challenges the school faces You encounter repeated resistance to sensible and necessary changes You have a nagging doubt that the school is not reaching its full potential There is conflict, poor communication, vocal disagreements Lack of a sense of identity Culture is so precious and valued that opportunities are lost
1. Create a crisis of faith to look with new eyes at the world around you and generate some tentative theories. 2. Compare these lessons to those implicit in both your aspirations for the school and in your current behaviors and activities. 3. Create a consensus in terms of aspirations that not only addresses the gaps but also builds on current strengths.
4. Analyze the modes through which culture is communicated – formal and informal, conscious and unconscious– and adapt them to your new direction. 5. Create cultural capacity– a particular way of working in school which balances the need to create a strong shared identity with the need to constantly adapt and grow.
30 statement about possible values and beliefs in a school based on research In groups of 3-10, sort in order of priority using the diamond grid as a template Sort once with groups coming to consensus about the ideal Then sort again about the actual state in the school Build professional discussion about the gaps
Top Rows – those values for which other parts of the culture will be sacrificed Bottom row – What might be overlooked and lost
I recognized the culture my colleagues described. I admired the culture they said they wanted. I just wish they werent so far apart.
Chapter 6 - pp Activities for each step of the cultural change process
Six key strategies to develop collaborative school cultures: 1. Strengthen the schools culture 2. Stimulate and reinforce cultural change through structured collaboration 3. Foster staff development 4. Encourage direct and frequent communication about cultural norms values, and beliefs, resulting in shared vision 5. Develop leaders at all levels 6. Empower staff, give autonomy, build trust
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