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Culture Re-Boot

Culture Re-Boot
Reinvigorating School Culture to Improve Student Outcomes

© 2013 | 272 pages | Corwin

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

About the Authors
1. School Culture and Change as Learning
Focus Questions  
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
Focus Questions  
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
Focus Questions  
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
Focus Questions  
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
Focus Questions  
Why We Need to Educate Every Child to High Levels  
A Safe and Orderly Learning Environment  
Teacher Expectations  
Academic Press and Supports  
6. Promoting and Creating Strong Parent-Community Ties
Focus Questions  
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
Focus Questions  
Planning Overview  



Professor Prd Sat1us
School Of Business, Adams State College
September 24, 2013
Key features
  • 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.

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