"Standing on the back of their groundbreaking research on school culture, Kruse and Seashore Louis provide an insightful and very practical guide that should be a must-read for anyone preparing to become a school leader."
—Kenneth Leithwood, Professor
OISE/University of Toronto
"A manageable, well-rehearsed plan for discussion, research, and lots of reflective thought for any school leader willing to develop their own leadership and the culture in which they desire to lead."
—Teresa P. Cunningham, Principal
Laurel Elementary School, TN
Develop an integrated school culture that engages educators with their colleagues and communities!
As a principal, you realize that effecting positive, long-lasting change requires support both within your school and in the wider community. This practical handbook shows school leaders how to build a climate of collaboration with staff, teachers, and parents as well as how to develop connections with foundations, business groups, social service providers, and government agencies.
Sharon D. Kruse and Karen Seashore Louis call on principals to create a viable, sustainable school culture using organizational learning and trust to involve the professional community and to affect teaching and learning. This addition to the Leadership for Learning series presents a leadership approach that integrates teachers, parents, and community members into a coherent team. The authors examine schools that have achieved lasting cultural change and present practical strategies for:
- Diagnosing and shaping a school culture
- Revising leadership functions to broaden decision-making processes
- Rethinking organizational structures
- Supporting continuous improvement while ensuring stability
Building Strong School Cultures draws from business and psychology research on motivating and organizing people to provide school leaders with the skills they need to promote effective change.
|School Cultures: Stable and Fluid or Stable and Fragile|
|Introducing PCOLT: Professional Community, Organizational Learning, and Trust|
|Intensified Leadership: An Introduction|
|Intensification and Beyond "Quick Fixes"|
|Summary and Overview of the Book|
|Recommended Readings and Culture Activities|
|Cultures and Subcultures in Schools|
|Management and Leadership|
|Paths to Cultural Management and Leadership|
|Additional Readings and Activities for Getting Started|
|The Basics of Cultural Diagnosis|
|Diagnosing Your School Culture|
|Diagnosis and Intensified Leadership for Cultural Change|
|Culture Resources and Activities|
|Leadership and Decision Making|
|Intensifying Leadership at Your School|
|Intensifying Leadership by Building PCOLT|
|Vigilance and Strong School Cultures|
|Reflections and Activities for Developing School Culture|
|Webs and Nets|
|Thinking About Networks|
|Reflections and Goal-Setting Activities|
|Thinking About District-School Relationships|
|Rethinking Organizational Structures and Cultures|
|Influencing District-School Relationships|
|Reflections and Activities|
|Student Learning and Development: A Foundation|
|Schools as Agencies for Democracy|
|Social Capital and Civic Capacity|
|Schools as Moral Agencies|
|Web Resources, Activities, and Reflections|
|The Art of Balance|
|Implications for Action and Growth|
|A PCOLT Planning Guide|
Once you have Building Strong School Cultures in hand, you will have access to the study guides contained in the supplemental resources website. They are designed as easy references to the key ideas and themes in each chapter of Building Strong School Cultures, as well as to explicitly link ideas to practical applications for leaders in school settings. These guides offer the reader materials to enhance understanding and to support group discussion and individual reflection about the ideas in the book.