Conversations With Principals: Issues, Values, and Politics is a unique compilation of interviews with principals at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Unlike any other text in Educational Administration, this book allows students the unusual opportunity to experience the inner voice of principals as they discuss the many decisions they make and the multitude of people they must engage.
Chapter 1: Changing the School Culture: The Community Activist
Changing the School Culture: The Community Activist
Instilling a sense of pride, respect, and hope for students, faculty, and community is the focus of this chapter. How can students be reoriented to think they are cared for and capable when schools have been unsupportive throughout their school experiences? How can teachers begin to contribute their talents and energies to schools that have been unresponsive and authoritative in the decision-making process? What are effective strategies that can be utilized by principals to meet students and faculty where they are in order to change a school and create a healthful and positive environment?
Themes addressed in this chapter:
- Creating school pride
- Developing shared decision making
- Acknowledging success
- Overcoming obstacles and roadblocks
- Remaining positive and projecting leadership stability
- Being ...