ERIC Number: ED371485
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Improving School Climate & Culture. AASA Critical Issues Report No. 27.
Gonder, Peggy Odell; Hymes, Donald, Ed.
Climate and culture are inherent in the life of every organization, including schools. They are difficult to define and even more difficult to change, yet any reform effort must address them first if it is to succeed. This report helps school leaders understand these crucial factors and measure their influences on the school. It offers various strategies for implementing school-improvement efforts that work. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the terms "climate" and "culture," and chapter 2 offers definitions of the terms. Leadership roles played by the principal, superintendent, and school board are examined in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 describes and offers examples of holistic restructuring strategies, such as shared decision making, stages in the strategic planning process, the Outcomes Based Education (OBE) model, and the Coalition for Essential Schools model. Chapter 5 discusses ways to shape climate through instructional techniques. Various methods for measuring school climate are explored in chapter 6. Chapters 7 through 9 offer strategies for engaging parents and community members, dealing with the personal concerns of those involved with program implementation, and mobilizing channels of communication. A brief bibliography and list of contact resources are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Communications, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership, Organizational Change, Parent School Relationship, Program Implementation, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring
American Association of School Administrators, 1801 N. Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209-9988 (Stock No. 21-00393).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.