Shaping School Culture : Pitfalls, Paradoxes, and Promises

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-03
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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The previous edition of this book was notable for explaining how the values and beliefs of educators have a critical impact on school functioning. In this long-awaited new edition, authors focus on new and inspiring case examples from schools across the country to show how culture-based practices are being used to bring purpose, passion, and meaning to the educational experience. They also show how leaders play important symbolic roles in schools and how culture-based strategies can help educators manage everyday challenges and even serve to heal and transform "toxic" school environments.

Author Biography

Terrence E. Deal has been a professor at Stanford, Harvard, and Vanderbilt Universities and is the former Irving R. Melbo Professor of Education at the Rossier School of the University of Southern California. He is coauthor of the best-sellers, Leading with Soul and Reframing Organizations.

Kent D. Peterson is a professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Deal and Peterson are coauthors of The Leadership Paradox.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Authorsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Elements of Culture
Schools as Tribes: The Power to Transformp. 19
Artifacts, Architecture, and Routines: Symbols of Culturep. 32
History: The Value of Lore and Traditionp. 44
Myth, Vision, and Values: Discovering a School's Highest Callingp. 58
Stories and Tales: Passing Along the Visionp. 71
Rituals: Embedding Purpose and Meaningp. 88
Ceremonies and Traditions: Culture in Actionp. 100
Conveyors of Culture: Positive and Negative Transmittersp. 116
The Symbolic Role of School Leaders
Weaving the Cultural Tapestry: Seven Schoolsp. 129
Transforming Toxic Cultures: Renewal Strategiesp. 160
Building Trust: Connecting to Parents and Communitiesp. 181
Strengthening Culture: Eight Essential Rolesp. 196
Living with Paradox: The Bifocal Principalp. 217
Achieving Balance: Meeting Cultural and Structural Demandsp. 233
Conclusion: Opportunities for the Futurep. 248
Referencesp. 254
Indexp. 267
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