Four ways to transform your school culture

An effective school culture is a positive environment that supports each student’s learning. In a healthy school culture, each student is believed to have unique gifts and talents and the innate ability to succeed.

This kind of school culture is not always the reality, but as educators we have the power to make it so. If we are committed to valuing our school culture, taking risks, embracing innovation, and emphasizing relationship building, we can transform education.

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It won’t always be easy, but it will be worth it. Here are four ways to challenge the status quo to spark a cultural revolution in your school.

1. Create a school culture rich in literacy

I believe that literacy is the foundation for the success of all students. Literacy impacts every other subject a student will study in school, from algebra to creative writing. And, literacy impacts students of all ages – from kindergarten to college and beyond.

Literacy provides another important opportunity for students: to learn about their own cultural background and that of their peers. Not all students have the ability to travel, some may have never traveled outside of their home country or city. But through books, reading and creativity, students have the opportunity to explore the stories of cultures around the world, regardless of their socio-economic background.

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Carol C. Reed