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.

Components of a High-Performing School Culture

Components of a high-performing school culture

In this chapter a reader will learn about the following:

  • Forces influencing the construction and enhancement of a high-performing school culture
  • Key components of an effective school culture
  • How leaders communicate a vision and gain commitment for a successful 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
  • 1.4—Steward a vision
  • 2.1—Promote a positive school culture
  • 4.1—Collaborate with families and other community members
  • 5.2—Act fairly
  • 6.1—Understand ...
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