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Cultivating a Positive Culture in the High School. Jeff Janette, Assistant Principal Secondary Trainer Universal Trainer Nicholas Willis, PBS Team Leader Session 17A 12:45 Session 17B 9:30 . What is School Culture?.

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cultivating a positive culture in the high school

Cultivating a Positive Culture in the High School

Jeff Janette, Assistant Principal

Secondary Trainer

Universal Trainer

Nicholas Willis, PBS Team Leader

Session 17A 12:45

Session 17B 9:30

what is school culture
What is School Culture?
  • Culture can be defined as the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group (Dictionary.com, 2009).
  • School culture encompasses the culture of all members of the school community.
    • Ethnicity
    • Socio-economic background
    • Morals and values
    • Religion
what is your school s culture
What is Your School’s Culture?
  • Demographic make-up
    • Ethnicity
    • Poverty levels
    • Educational background
  • Reputation
    • Teachers
    • Students
    • Parents
    • Community members
  • Policies/Procedures
    • Discipline/PBS
    • Lunch
    • Changing classes
    • Assemblies
other aspects of school culture
Other Aspects of School Culture
  • Celebrations
    • Pep rallies
    • Banquets
    • Assemblies
    • Award walls/cases
  • Aesthetics
    • Entrances
    • Interior
    • Exterior
make data driven decisions
Make Data-Driven Decisions
  • PBS Team should
    • Collect and classify data
    • Analyze data
    • Determine areas of strength and weakness
    • Present the findings to the faculty
  • Faculty and staff should be responsible for developing goals.
  • Students can also be included in developing solutions.
beginning the overhaul
Beginning the Overhaul
  • Ensure administration is on board.
  • Determine how goals will be developed.
    • Surveys
    • Discussion board
    • Faculty meeting
  • Create an action plan for the coming year.
degrees of difficulty
Degrees of Difficulty
  • Relationships
  • School/Community
  • relations
  • Award programs
  • Academic/Behavioral celebrations
  • Faculty/staff get-togethers
  • School aesthetics
  • Teacher/student rewards
addressing the 1 st degree
Addressing the 1st Degree
  • Find out what is needed
    • Ask teachers, students, parents
    • Ask alumni
  • Get as many people involved as possible
    • Establish work days
    • Develop partnerships with local businesses
    • Invite local groups, i.e. church groups, rotary clubs, to get on the bandwagon.
addressing the 2 nd degree
Addressing the 2nd Degree
  • Turn ordinary programs into celebrations
    • Academic Pep Rally
    • Top 25 Celebration
  • Invite everyone
    • School board members
    • Central office personnel
    • Parents/Family members
    • Local business partners
  • Schedule get-togethers for faculty and staff
    • After testing
    • Christmas/Easter Break
addressing the 3 rd degree
Addressing the 3rd Degree
  • Expose the problems
  • Understand why problems exist
    • Bad reputation
    • Negativity
    • Lack of communication
    • Lack of understanding
  • Develop a comprehensive plan
    • Student/teacher
    • Teacher/administration
    • Parent/school
    • Community/school
3 rd degree challenges
3rd Degree Challenges
  • Commitment
    • Administration
    • Team leaders
  • The “storm”
    • Negativity
    • Teacher turnover
  • Acceptance
    • New ideas
    • New methodology
the key education
The Key - Education
  • Educate everyone
    • Students
    • Teachers
    • Parents
    • Community
  • Educate through communication
    • What is going on?
    • Why is it going on?
    • Who is involved?
the cultural grail
The Cultural “Grail”
  • Students enter the school/classroom relaxed and secure.
  • Teachers interact with students on multiple levels.
  • Administration interacts with teachers and students on multiple levels.
  • Parents are involved on multiple levels.
  • The community embraces the school.
please complete evaluations
Please complete evaluations

Jeff Janette, Assistant Principal

Secondary Trainer

Universal Trainer

Nicholas Willis, PBS Team Leader

Session 17A 12:45

Session 17B 9:30

cultural resources
Cultural Resources
  • http://www.sreb.org/
    • Type in “positive school culture”
  • Okula, Susan (1999). “Creating a Positive School

Culture. Strategies that Work.” Business Education Forum, v54 n2 p7-8,10,12-13.

  • Beaudoin, M., Taylor, M (2004). Creating a Positive School Culture: How Principals and Teachers Can Solve Problems Together. Corwin Press:Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • jjanette@vrml.k12.la.us
  • nwillis@vrml.k12.la.us