What’s missing in education reform in the United States? The answer is leadership; specifically, the ability of school and district leaders to construct and continually nurture a culture of sustained high performance. A true leader needs to have not only a vision of the desired culture, but the skills and information necessary to make that vision a reality. Providing a combined 70 years of classroom and administrative experience, renowned authors James Guthrie and Patrick Schuermann offer a practice-based approach, grounded in research and theory, to achieving and maintaining an atmosphere of success in schools through effective leadership.

Defining and Specifying the Significance of School Culture

Defining and specifying the significance of school culture

In this chapter a reader will learn about the following:

  • Defining culture, the concept's contemporary significance for education reform, and its productive application to schools
  • Research validated traits of a productive school culture
  • Operational levers for constructing an effective school culture

ELCC Standards

ELCC standards addressed in this chapter include the following:

  • 1.1—Develop a vision of learning
  • 1.2—Articulate a vision
  • 2.1—Promote a positive school culture
  • 3.1—Manage the organization
  • 6.1—Understand the larger context


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