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Chapter 1 cultivating community culture and learning

Chapter 1: Cultivating Community, Culture, and Learning

Dr. Rob Anderson

Spring 2011



  • Sign up for presentations

  • Review of APA Style 6th Edition

    • Student Examples

  • Chapter One: Cultivating Community, Culture and Learning

  • Guest Speaker: Claudia Vogt, Principal of Conway Middle School

Major themes

Major Themes

  • Developing a Professional Learning Community focused on learning outcomes

  • Fostering a positive school culture that promotes PLC’s and learning for all students

    • Response to Intervention (RTI)

  • Principal as the role of instructional leader

Florida principal leadership standards

Florida Principal Leadership Standards

Standard 1:  Student Learning Results. Effective school leaders achieve results on the school’s student learning goals.

  • The school’s learning goals are based on the state’s adopted student academic standards and the district’s adopted curricula; and

  • Student learning results are evidenced by the student performance and growth on statewide assessments; district-determined assessments that are implemented by the district under Section 1008.22, F.S.; international assessments; and other indicators of student success adopted by the district and state.

    Standard 2: Student Learning as a Priority.Effective school leaders demonstrate that student learning is their top priority through leadership actions that build and support a learning organization focused on student success.

    The leader:

  • Enables faculty and staff to work as a system focused on student learning;

  • Maintains a school climate that supports student engagement in learning;

  • Generates high expectations for learning growth by all students; and

  • Engages faculty and staff in efforts to close learning performance gaps among student subgroups within the school. 

Redefinition of the role of today s principal

Redefinition of the Role of Today’s Principal

  • Expected to be “change agents”

  • Leading from the center vs. the top

  • Teacher empowerment

  • Site-based decision making

  • Developing Professional Learning Communities

Creating a professional learning community

Creating a Professional Learning Community

  • Performing as a Professional Learning Community is a key to school improvement

  • PLC members must share a common vision and understanding of how to “make it happen”

  • Empowerment and shared decision making

Keys to creating a plc

Keys to creating a PLC

  • Mission Statement

    • Defining purpose

  • Develop a Vision

    • Who is it that we hope to become?

  • Develop value statements

    • Attitudes, behaviors and commitments

  • Establish goals

    • Measurable, usually quantitative vs. qualitative

Plc s in action adali stevenson hs

PLC’s in action – Adali Stevenson HS.

  • Richard DuFour

    • To create a professional learning community, focus on learning rather than teaching, work collaboratively, and hold yourself accountable for results.

  • Author of Professional Learning Communities at Work Best Practices for Enhancing Student Achievement

  • Founder of PLC movement

Professional learning communities

Professional Learning Communities

  • A lot of schools claim to have PLC’s but do they???

  • Takes time, can’t start as an “initiative” during preplanning and expect results

  • A true PLC continues to run even after a principal/school administrator leaves – bigger than any one person

  • Providing PLC’s with the autonomy that they need to thrive is difficult when faced with a multitude of mandates

School culture

School Culture

  • Contains all of the beliefs, feelings behaviors and symbols that are characteristic of an organization

    • Observed Behavioral Regularities

    • Norms

    • Dominant Values

    • Philosophy

    • Rules

    • Feelings

Pair and share school culture

Pair and Share: School Culture

  • What artifacts can be looked at to assess a school’s culture?

  • How could an internal versus an external assessment differ when analyzing a school’s culture?

  • Who determines a school culture and how can it be changed?

  • How important is school culture and what are the direct and indirect impacts?

Maintaining school culture

Maintaining School Culture

  • Hiring staff

  • Orientation

  • Job Mastery

  • Reward and Control Systems

  • Adherence to Values

  • Reinforcing Folklore

  • Consistent Role Models

Principal as instructional leader

Principal as Instructional Leader

  • Increased focus on student learning

  • Encouraging Collaboration

  • Analyzing Results

  • Providing Support

  • Aligning Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

For next week

For Next Week

  • Read Chapter 2

  • Work on Leadership Book Report and presentation

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