"Any educator who has ever moved from one school to another can talk about the difference environment makes. Learning standards may be identical, funding may be equal, population statistics may be similar, but two schools can still feel redically different and have radically different student outcomes. Inherently, we know this has to do with school climate and the way people relate to one another. Students will reach high academic standards only if they are presented in a context where students feel safe, supported, and happily engaged as well as challenged." (http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/specialty/alt/keepkids.pdf)
There is no question in my mind that developing the culture of the school is paramount to anything else. Without the safe, supportive culture we will not be able to affect the kinds of positive changes, both academically and personally in our students and our school. What does it take to get there.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM on #edchatri as we take a closer look at how we create that culture and keep kids connected.
Don Miller -