Much ink has been spilled on the potential for damage toxic people and personalities have in our lives, but what about a toxic school culture? Now that you know what school culture is, it's time to take a hard look at your own school culture. Is it helpful for you and your students, or is it harmful?
Whether you realize it or not, your school has a culture that effects teachers and students. This article takes the viewpoint of the teacher mentor in examining the types of school culture, and how to help new teachers fit within it.
If you are an administrator or teacher leader who is looking to improve morale, you need to know what you're up against. The distinction between school climate and school culture is a good starting point for getting a grip on the task before you.
Getting your colleagues to "buy in" to the goal of shaping school culture can be a challenge. This PowerPoint presentation would be useful in an initial talk about the importance of thinking about your school's culture and how each teacher and stakeholder can influence positive change.
According to this article, "the relationships among the educators in a school define all relationships within that school's culture." It goes on to explain the types of relationships that are found between teachers, and how to achieve the prized culture of collegiality that signals a healthy school culture.
"Teachers' level of confidence about ability to promote learning can depend on past experiences or school culture." This essential aspect of a positive school culture--efficacy--can be developed, fortunately. This article describes how.
One key aspect of a positive school culture is its emphasis on collaboration, not just in the classroom, but among faculty and administration as well. This article provides practical advice on how to craft a culture of collaboration in your school.