Transforming School Culture : How to Overcome Staff Division

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  • Copyright: 6/1/2009
  • Publisher: Solution Tree

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Transforming School Culture provides a framework for understanding how school cultures operate and how leaders can overcome staff division to improve relationships and transform toxic cultures into healthy ones.

Author Biography

Anthony Muhammad, Ph.D, is a much sought-after educational consultant. An educator for more than 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, middle school principal, and high school principal.

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. xi
Forewordp. 1
From Status Quo to True Reformp. 5
Challenges of the 21st Centuryp. 7
No Child Left Behindp. 9
The Dawn of a New Day: High Anxietyp. 10
School Culture Researchp. 12
Closing the Gapp. 14
Technical Change Versus Cultural Changep. 15
The Framework of Modern School Culturep. 17
Schools in the Era of Accountabilityp. 17
Who Is to Blame?p. 17
Student Outcomesp. 19
Predeterminationp. 21
Perceptual Predeterminationp. 21
Intrinsic Predeterminationp. 23
Institutional Predeterminationp. 25
A War of Paradigmsp. 28
The Believersp. 31
Intrinsic Motivationp. 32
Connection to the School and Communityp. 34
Flexibilityp. 35
Positive Pressurep. 37
Willingness to Confrontp. 39
Pedagogical Skillp. 40
A Unifying Forcep. 41
The Tweenersp. 43
A Loose Connectionp. 43
An Enthusiastic Naturep. 45
The "Honeymoon Period" and Compliancep. 47
Why Are Tweeners So Important?p. 50
Leaving Nothing to Chancep. 52
The Survivorsp. 55
Flight Responsep. 56
Student Bargainingp. 57
Pedagogical Characteristicsp. 58
Organizational Responsep. 58
Dealing With Stress and Pressurep. 59
The Fundamentalistsp. 61
Opposition to Changep. 62
The Old Contract Versus the New Contractp. 63
Belief in the Normal Distributionp. 67
Skill Levelsp. 69
Warring Paradigmsp. 70
Emotional Versus Rationalp. 70
Formal Versus Informal Culturep. 72
The Three Dsp. 74
Defamationp. 74
Disruptionp. 78
Distractionp. 80
A Necessary Evolutionp. 81
"Drop Your Tools": A Lesson in Change and Our Best Chance at Eliminating Fundamentalismp. 83
"Drop Your Tools"p. 85
Implications for Drop Your Toolsp. 86
Fundamentalistsp. 86
Fundamentalistsp. 89
Fundamentalistsp. 92
Fundamentalistsp. 95
Ending Divisionp. 98
Implications for Practicep. 99
A Systematic and Schoolwide Focus on Learningp. 100
A Collective Focus on Purposep. 101
Effect on School Culturep. 104
Celebrating the Success of All Stakeholdersp. 105
Institutionalized Celebrationp. 106
Impromptu Celebrationp. 107
Celebration and Positive School Culturep. 108
A System of Support for Tweenersp. 109
A Multifaceted Approach to Mentoringp. 111
Removing the Walls of Isolationp. 112
Intensive Professional Developmentp. 113
Effect on School Culturep. 114
Skillful Leadership and Focusp. 115
Epilogue: A Significant Impactp. 117
Appendix: Study Designp. 121
Samplep. 121
Data Collectionp. 121
Variablesp. 122
Referencesp. 125
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