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ERIC Number: EJ939882
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
Core Truths and Cultural Norms: Aligning Daily Practice with Diversity Goals
Coleman, Sherry
Independent School, v70 n1 Fall 2010
Most independent schools espouse the value of diversity in their vision or mission statements. While it is important that diversity be at the core of the school's mission, it is just as important that it be ingrained into the day-to-day life of the school. Too often, diversity statements feel like idle words on a page that have little to no effect on the school community. In such schools, hiring practices and policies are not linked to mission; retention of faculty of color is not systemically addressed; and overall diversity goals are not established. Predictably, such lack of attention to defining what a diverse faculty means to a school community results in disappointment all around. Why is it some schools can espouse the value of diversity and yet not embed this belief in its daily life, in its operations, policies, and practices? The lens of organizational theory offers significant insight into such institutional disconnect. In this article, the author discusses organizational theory and healthy school change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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