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CHANGING THE CONVERSATION: CLIMATE & CULTURE CONTROL FOR YOUR SCHOOL – STUDENTS AND FACULTY Presenter: Frank W. Palatucci, Jr. Director of School Leadership Programs Foundation for Educational Administration Principal, Highland H.S. (Retired). What is Organizational Culture?.

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CHANGING THE CONVERSATION:

CLIMATE & CULTURE CONTROL FOR YOUR SCHOOL –

STUDENTS AND FACULTY

Presenter:

Frank W. Palatucci, Jr.

Director of School Leadership Programs

Foundation for Educational Administration

Principal, Highland H.S. (Retired)


What is organizational culture
What is Organizational Culture?

“Culture is the underground stream of norms, values, beliefs, traditions, and rituals that has built up over time as people work together.”

“. . . this set of informal expectations and values shape how people think, feel, and act in schools” . . . and serves as a highly enduring web of influence [that] binds the school together and makes it special.”

(Peterson and Deal)


Major elements of organizational culture
MAJOR ELEMENTS OF ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE

  • Values & Ideals

  • Norms

  • Expectations

  • Sanctions

  • Communication through Symbolism

  • Symbolic Activity through Behavioral Example


Distinguish between climate culture
Distinguish Between Climate & Culture

  • Culture = belief system(s) that undergirds the patterns of behavior in a school (organization)

  • Climate = sum total of the dynamic interactions among the psychosocial, academic and physical dimensions of the school’s environment. Climate has a major influence on morale, productivity, teaching and learning – perceptions matter.


Teacher challenges

1950

Talking

Chewing gum

Making noises

Running in the halls

Getting out of place in line

Wearing improper clothing

Not putting paper in the wastebasket

2012

Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Pregnancy

Suicide

Lock-Downs

Guns & Shootings

Cyber Bullying

Arson, Bomb Threats

AIDS

Gangs

Dysfunctional families

Teacher Challenges


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Creating Heroes On Campus




Cultural elements of an effective school
CULTURAL ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE SCHOOL

  • Positive Organizational Culture

  • Emphasis on Academic Effort and Achievement

  • Belief that All Students Can Achieve

  • Ongoing Faculty Development and Innovation

  • Safe & Orderly Learning Environment

    “The only thing of real importance that leaders do is to create and manage culture.” (Schein)

    “The principal has the ultimate responsibility for school culture.” (Krajewski)

    “When the principal sneezes, everyone catches a cold.” (Whitaker)


The reality of our schools
The Reality of Our Schools

  • The community’s best kept secret

  • The biggest and most important business in town

  • Need to adopt the philosophy to “Do the right things right the first time”

  • Quality education creates its own publicity


The 5 r s of performance
The 5 R’s of Performance

  • What You

    • RESPECT,

    • REWARD,

    • RECOGNIZE&

    • REINFORCE

    • GETS RESULTS



Celebrate achievement the pursuit of excellence
CELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENT & THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE



Celebate the heroes that are among us
CELEBATE THE HEROES THAT ARE AMONG US


The messages we send without saying a word
The Messages We SendWithout Saying A Word



“Sometime, somewhere long, long ago schools got a great deal on beige paint.”

(Scharenbroich)




Lots of identity for lots of people students adults
LOTS OF IDENTITY FOR LOTS OF deal on PEOPLE – STUDENTS & ADULTS


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Chronicle achievements traditions
CHRONICLE deal on ACHIEVEMENTS & TRADITIONS


Satisfied needs do not motivate. deal on

It’s only unsatisfied needs that motivate.

Stephen R. Covey –

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People


Shaping school culture the role of the school leader
SHAPING SCHOOL CULTURE – THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL LEADER deal on

  • Develop & maintain an adequate understanding of your school’s culture

  • Enhance the positive aspects of the culture

  • Awareness of subcultures & counter cultures

  • Promote values, respect diversity

  • Continually state & clarify values & ideals

  • Choose staff wisely

  • Identify formal & informal leaders


Shaping school culture
Shaping School Culture….. deal on

  • Recognize & work with informal leaders

  • Handle conflicts between formal and informal leaders immediately

  • Keep the school’s mission in the public eye

  • Use communication as a tool to shape culture


Next to physical survival the greatest need of a human being is psychological survival
Next to physical survival, the greatest need of a human being ispsychological survival

to be understood

to be affirmed

to be validated

to be appreciated.

Stephen R. Covey

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People


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