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Best-selling author Samuel Casey Carter showcases a dozen mainstream schools that focus on a culture of character as their foundation and have achieved extraordinary results.

Creating a Great School Culture
Creating a great school culture

This chapter covers three topics: (1) how school cultures are made, (2) how school cultures form character, and (3) how great school cultures harness character to drive achievement. Let's take each of these themes in turn.

How School Cultures are Made

Great school cultures take shape in four stages:

  • School culture begins to form in response to a need.
  • School culture commits to certain founding principles.
  • School culture begins to shape outcomes.
  • Customs and habits are further embedded to improve outcomes.

As Figure 2.1 tries to depict, school culture begins with a clear sense of mission or need to which the school culture itself will become the response. At this early stage, relatively few people (perhaps only the ...

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