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- Grade Level: PreK-12
- ISBN: 9781452217321
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2013
- Page Count: 272
- Publication date: January 31, 2013
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Your start-up menu for super-charged culture change
There's an invisible thread woven through your school that defines everything from dress codes to student success. It's your school culture, and reshaping it will yield highly visible improvements for teachers and students. Leslie Kaplan and William Owings guide you in improving leadership, teaching, learning, confidence, and trust throughout your school.
Culture Re-Boot reframes school culture to include organizational learning, relational trust, accountability, program improvement, and teacher effectiveness while showing you how to:
• Be the transformational leader your school needs to reinvigorate your school culture
• Establish a student-centered learning culture focused on student outcomes
• Engage teachers in culture-focused leadership teams that support teacher and student learning
• Get parents and community on-board to collaborate for student achievement
• Connect professional development and school culture for maximum results
Packed with hands-on culture re-boot activities to help school leaders and faculty revitalize their school's values and practices, this practical handbook for school improvement will energize your school's culture and build the capacity to help all students succeed.
"Ever since Seymour Sarason wrote his seminal book on The Culture of Schools and the Problem of Change, we have known that 'culture' is at the heart of all organizational performance. But reformers keep forgetting this key fact. Kaplan and Owings' book changes all that. Now in one place you can find everything you need to know to 're-boot' you own school's culture."
—Michael Fullan, Author of Motion Leadership
"As a principal focused on student achievement and school climate, I am excited to begin using these strategies and discussions to drive our conversations to a deeper and more meaningful level. The combination of school culture, professional learning community, and teacher/community leadership provides a compelling and unique exploration of real methods to sustain student achievement and school improvement."
—William Richard Hall, Jr., Principal
R. C. Longan Elementary School, Henrico, VA
- Focused, readable, and authoritative chapters on key aspects of school culture which impact teaching and learning and which can generate professional development.
- Activities are located immediately following major concepts in each chapter. These reflective and practical exercises help readers find personal and shared meaning and relevance from the ideas just discussed, build collegial teams, and begin applying these ideas to their own school.
- Presents questions and surveys to use in identifying and assessing school culture and planning for improvement.
- Addresses important topics that aren't typically covered in existing books on school culture, such as trust, establishing a student-centered learning culture with a focus on student outcomes, building professional capacity, and cultivating teacher leadership.
Table of Contents
About the Authors
1. School Culture and Change as Learning
Why 40 Years of School Reform Has Not Worked (and Why Culture Re-Boot Will)
What is Culture Re-Boot?
What is School Culture?
Components of Positive School Cultures
Change as Organizational Learning
Understanding Your School’s Culture
Research: The Impact of School Culture on Student Achievement
2. School Leadership as Culture Building
Leadership as Culture Building
How Principal Leaders Transform Their Schools
Understanding the Dynamics and Resources for Culture Re-Boot
How Principals Can Prepare for Culture Re-Boot
Research: Principal Leadership and Student Achievement
3. School Culture, Ethical Behavior, and Relational Trust
School Culture and Ethical Behavior
School Culture and Relational Trust
Building Relational Trust with Parents
Research: Trust and Student Achievement
4. Developing Professional Capacity and Shared Influence
Why Schools Should Develop Professional Capacity
Building Teachers’ Instructional Capacity
Building Teachers’ Leadership Capacities
Where We Go From Here
Research: How Building Teachers’ Capacity Improves School Outcomes
5. Establishing a Student-Centered Learning Culture
Why We Need to Educate Every Child to High Levels
A Safe and Orderly Learning Environment
Academic Press and Supports
6. Promoting and Creating Strong Parent-Community Ties
Family Involvement and Student Outcomes
Challenges of Working with Parents in Culturally Diverse Communities
Ways to Involve Families with Schools
Working with the Community
7. Developing a Plan for Action
"Ever since Seymour Sarason wrote his seminal book on The Culture of Schools and the Problem of Change we have known that 'culture' is at the heart of all organizational performance. But reformers keep forgetting this key fact. Kaplan and Owings' book changes all that. Here is a book the brings school culture back into the driver's seat—from the emphatic title of Re-Boot through all of the chapters the authors show clearly what culture is and how to understand and change it for the better. Now in one place you can find everything you need to know to 're-boot' you own school's culture."Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus
OISE/University of Toronto
"Efforts to reorganize, restructure, or reform a school is a difficult task at best. Change can only occur in a culture that brings together the salient factors that alter the teaching and learning processes. The authors bring numerous years of experience in educational leadership as they effectively show how principals and teachers can address the single most important component in raising student achievement—school culture."Elliot Y. Merenbloom, Educational Consultant
"As a principal focused on student achievement and school climate, I am excited to take this book and begin to use the strategies and discussions to drive our conversations to a deeper and more meaningful level. The combination of the constructs of school culture, professional learning community, and teacher/community leadership provides a compelling and unique exploration of real methods to sustain student achievement and school improvement."William Richard Hall, Jr., Principal
R. C. Longan Elementary School, Henrico, VA
"Leaders looking for a fresh and practical approach to change will welcome Kaplan and Owings compelling case about the omnipresent culture of a school and the unexplainable disregard it receives in the literature and in actual school improvement endeavors."Robin Fogarty, President
Robin Fogarty & Associates Educational Consulting