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1. Elements of School Culture
2. Dear Diary,
Please allow every teacher to realize what awesome power they hold in their hands and that they are the doors through which whole new worlds of possibility can open for their students. That by understanding students, day to day, and not judging them or shutting out the many opportunities for their success teachers can, and often do, make all the difference. Sandi Redenbach (Autobiography of a Dropout)
3. Make a Difference
The finest gift we can give our children is our heartfelt belief that they can succeed. Lawrence W. Lezotte
5. Culture A complex pattern of norms, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, values, ceremonies, traditions, and myths that are deeply ingrained in the very core of the organization.
6. Why is culture important? It influences and shapes the way teachers, students, and administrators think, feel, and act.
7. Culture and Effectiveness At a deeper level, all organizations, especially schools, improve performance by fostering a shared system of norms folkways, values, and traditions. These infuse the enterprise with passion, purpose, and a sense of spirit. Without a strong, positive culture, schools flounder and die.
(Peterson and Deal, 2002)
8. Culture is a powerful force that exists in any organization in which people share some history. It develops as people work together, solve problems, cope with conflicts, achieve successes, and deal with tragedy. (Schein, 1985; Deal and Peterson,1999)
10. Elements of Culture Norms, Values and Beliefs
Symbols and Artifacts
Stories that Herald Values
Rituals, Traditions, and Ceremonies
11. School Culture influences : FOCUS-what people pay attention to
COMMITMENT-how they identify with the school
MOTIVATION-how hard they work
PRODUCTIVITY-degree to which they achieve their goals
12. Positive vs. Toxic Culture
13. Positive vs. Toxic
14. Teachers and students are more likely to succeed in a culture that fosters hard work, commitment to valued ends, an attention to problem solving, and a focus on learning for ALL students.
15. Key Roles of Cultural Leaders READ the Culture Historian and AnthropologistASSESS the Culture Analyst and EvaluatorREINFORCE or TRANSFORM the Culture Visionary, Symbol, Potter, Poet, Actor, and Healer (Deal and Peterson, 1994; 1999)
16. Failure is not an option!
If you keep doing what you have always done, you will continue to get the same results.
17. Elements of Toxic Cultures Negative Values and beliefs hold sway in toxic cultures.
Sense of purpose is spiritually fragmented.
Relationships are negative and destructive.
The cultural networks most powerful members negaholics (Carter-Scott, 1989)
The only heroes are anti-heroic.
Few positive rituals, traditions, or ceremonies exist to develop a sense of community and hopefulness.
Deal and Peterson (1999).
18. Elements of Positive Professional Cultures: 1. Share strong norms of collegiality and improvement.
It is not enough to be busy. The question is: What are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau
19. Strong Professional Cultures: Value student learning over personal ease
Assume ALL children can learn if theyteachers and stafffind the curriculum and instructional strategies that work.
20. In effective schools, the culture reinforces the collaborative problem solving, planning, and data-driven decision making.
21. We dont choose our challengesThey choose us
We can, whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose schooling is of interest to us. We already know more than we need-to do that. Whether or not we do it must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we havent so far. Larry Lezotte
22. We can talk or dream about the glorious schools of the future or we can create them. Marilyn Ferguson