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Healthy School Culture Sessions 23A & 23B Donna Betzer Wanda Bush. The Culture Dynamic. “Houston, we have a problem…”. The NASA Tiger Team. The Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia. NASA Culture Leads to Disasters.
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To empower children with the
knowledge and skills
to make healthy lifestyle choices
and avoid risk behaviors.
Comprehensive risk-behavior prevention programming
Research-based curriculum and reinforcing programming
In pre and post culture surveys administered over a two-year period at six schools, teachers reported improvements in 25 of 28 culture indicators including double digit increases in 19 of 28 items
Step 1: Define Values
Step 2: Define behavioral expectations
Step 3: I.D. Artifacts, Celebrations and Rewards
Step 4: Live It: Form a Culture Committee
Step 5: Hire the right people
“It’s So Simple”
Are deep-seated beliefs about the world and how it operates. They are emotional rules that govern our behavior and attitudes.
Keep 6 cards that reflect your personal values.
Others judge us by our behaviors . . .
We justify our behaviors by our intentions.
Everyone has responsibilities in contributing to a healthy school culture. Each school should define behavioral expectations for staff, students and parents. (PBS foundation)
are role models of positive behavior. They reflect school values in all they do. They speak and act toward peers, students and parents in a positive, encouraging way. They treat others the way they’d want to be treated.
should approach staff members with a positive attitude and respect. They should communicate and behave in ways that reflect a healthy school culture.
Artifacts Celebrations Rewards
Honor the individuals, groups, significant events and important accomplishments through creative, festive and outrageous ways. They make the spirit of an organization visible and remind people what’s important.
Values decay without recognition. Rewards recognize important contributions and reinforce positive behaviors.
artifacts – celebrations - rewards
Live it! The Culture Committee
This group’s goal is to help create the Southwest Spirit and Culture where needed; to enrich it and make it better where it already exists; and to liven it up in places where it might be “floundering.” In short, this group’s goal is to do “WHATEVER IT TAKES” to create, enhance, and enrich the special Southwest Spirit and Culture that has made this such a wonderful Company/Family.
Hire the right people
is the glue that holds organizations together…it encompasses beliefs, expectations, norms, rituals, communication patterns and reward systems.
It is not about magic formulas and secret plans; it is a combination of a thousand little things.
Herb & Colleen