Schools have both positive and negative cultures.
Elements of Positive Successful School Cultures
- A mission focuses on student and teacher learning.
- A rich sense of history and purpose.
- Core values of collegiality, performance, and improvement that engender quality, achievement, and learning for everyone.
- Positive beliefs and assumptions about the potential of students and staff to learn and grow.
- A strong professional community that uses knowledge, experience, and research to improve practice.
- An informal network that fosters positive communication flow.
- Shared leadership that balances continuity and improvement.
- Rituals and ceremonies that reinforce core cultural values.
- Stories that celebrate successes and recognize heroines and heroes.
- A physical environment that symbolizes joy and pride.
- A widely shared sense of respect and caring for everyone.
1. Negative values and beliefs hold sway.
2. The cultural network’s most poweful members are, saboteurs, pessimistic storytellers, “keepers of the NIGHTMARE”, “naysayers and negaholics, prima Donnas and prima Donalds, space cadets, martyrs, and has deadwood, driftwood and ballast.
3. The only heroes are anti-heroic.
4. Few positive rituals, traditions, or ceremonies exist to develop a sense of community and hopefullness.
How are you going to fight these toxic cultures? What steps you can you take to fight the Barbara Cokers, the intoxicated assistant principals, and the devastated below improvement schools?
You, my diligent friend, my conquer of the universe. You are going to ADAPT! You are going LEAD by EXAMPLE?
You are going to employ the wisdom of your PEEPS! The educational voices of leadership in today’s growing and moving society. You will use the knowledge of Collective Trust. You will build trust in the stakeholders by acting with benevolence and empathy.
And you need to ADAPT! Just like creatures of the sea who ADAPTED to their environment to meet the changes.
You are going to establish the Seven Noms of Collaboration
3. Probing for specifity
4.Putting ideas on the table
5. Paying attention to self and others
6. Presuming positive intentions
7. Pursuing a balance between advocacy and inquiry.