Why innovations fail when we ignore school culture


Each week this summer I’m introducing a blog theme that connects popular and important posts from recent years. Each theme offers a number of perspectives on a perennial challenge of school leadership.

This week’s topic is “school culture.”

School culture has an incredibly powerful and often invisible effect on teaching, learning, and relationships within schools. It is more powerful that union contracts, state and federal policy, and the best intentions of school reformers.

Principals and teacher leaders have an essential and important role in shaping school cultures that promote continuous improvement, experimentation, and strong collaborative relationships.

I encourage you to scroll through articles in this thread to find those that match your interests.

In addition, I encourage you to take a closer look at these essays:

“Shaping school culture for continuous improvement”

“Choose continuous improvement over ‘good enough’”

“Choose hopefulness over resignation”


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