Don't Teach the Canaries Not to Sing: Creating a School Culture That Boosts Achievement

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Corwin Press, 2008 - Education - 158 pages
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This book is a practical, 'how-to' handbook for creating an organizational school climate that brings out the best in students, staff, parents, and community members. Through concrete, real-world examples, insider insights, and down-to-earth explorations, this text demystifies the phenomenon of a school's culture. Without resorting to lofty jargon, the book clearly defines what school culture is, where it comes from, how it works, and why it is critically important. Best of all, the guide contains all the tools needed to 'grow' a school culture that maximizes student performance, empowers staff members, welcomes and engages parents, and energizes community support.

Each chapter is packed with specific information, guidelines, skills, strategies, and techniques needed, as well as warning signs and pitfalls to avoid, to create a school culture that works for everyone. This is a total package, including foundations, structures, processes, and practices for developing an environment that is 'nutritious', challenging, supporting, rewarding, and inspiring for all those involved with the school.

 

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Contents

School Culture Under the Microscope What It Is How It Works and Why Its So Important
1
The Many Phases and Faces of School Personalities
9
Profile of a Healthy School Culture That Works for Everyone
15
How Do You Know Its Time to Tune Your Bagpipes? Signs of a Toxic School Culture
29
Assessing the DNA of Your Schools Culture
39
Avoiding Fratricide Death by Friendly Fire
51
A Dresser of Sycamore Trees The Leaders Role in Shaping the Schools Culture
59
Dont Teach the Canaries Not to Sing Creating a School Culture That Works for All Students
73
The Dancing Bear Metaphor Creating a School Culture That Works for Parents and the Community
105
A ResultsOriented Work Environment ROWE Linking Culture and Achievement
117
No Deposit No Return Culture Building Made Simple
127
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
133
FSWs Frequently Stated Worries
141
What Others Say About Organizational Culture
147
Related Readings
153
Index
155

Use All the Gifts Assets Creating a School Culture That Works for Staff
85

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About the author (2008)

Robert D. Ramsey is a lifelong educator who has served as a "leader of leaders" in three award-winning school districts in two different states. His frontline experience includes positions a teacher, counselor, assistant principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, acting superintendent, and adjunct professor. Most recently, he has served as associate superintendent in the St. Louis Park (MN) schools, where every school has been designated by the federal government as a National School of Excellence. Ramsey is now working full-time as a freelance writer in Minneapolis.

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