Creative Strategies to Transform School Culture

Principals at all levels will find this book valuable. It translates espoused theories of climate and culture into practical ideas. -Boyd Dressler, Associate Adjunct Professor, Montana State University Focused, to the point, and direct-a quick read for a busy principal looking for ideas. -Leslie A. Standerfer, Principal, Estrella Foothills High School, Goodyear, AZ Set the tone for educational success! School culture is one of the most important factors in student and staff performance. Positive climates foster superior achievement, while negative climates discourage learners, educators, and parents alike. Based on thirty years of combined experience as school principals, staff developers, and educational leaders, John F. and Sheila Eller present a wide spectrum of unique, practical, and proven strategies to improve school climate and culture. Divided into chapters that emphasize the main components of school culture, this guide allows busy school leaders to go directly to the section that best addresses their specific needs. The authors provide a clear definition of culture along with diagnostic tools to help readers determine the state of their school's culture. Chapters feature activities and ideas to: - Foster personal rapport and collegiality between staff members - Develop collaborative work relationships - Improve staff meetings - Address issues related to office operations - Deal appropriately with conflict Creative Strategies to Transform School Culture offers fun and inventive ideas for school leaders who are working diligently to create a collaborative teaching and learning environment.