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ERIC Number: EJ925913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1498
Creating Positive Culture in a New Urban High School
Rhodes, Virginia; Stevens, Douglas; Hemmings, Annette
High School Journal, v94 n3 p82-94 Spr 2011
In August 2009, a new urban public high school featuring project-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education opened with a population of African-American, low-income, and special needs students. A planning team comprised of lead teachers and the school principal sought to create a positive school culture with a clear vision and core values that would engender relational trust, a strong sense of community, and principal and teacher co-leadership. The culture was to be supported by social structures instituted through teams, professional development, student orientations, venues for instructional innovation, and informal gathering places. This account, written by the principal, a teacher, and a university researcher, presents a first-hand narrative of how the school culture was created.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio