What does it feel like to walk into your school?
Is it a welcoming place, where everyone feels valued?
What is the culture of your school/classroom?
What beliefs shape that culture?
How does the school’s culture align with it’s mission statement?
What is everyone’s (teachers, students, principals, and parent) sense of purpose?
Most school improvement efforts focus on academic goals, instructional models, curriculum, and assessments. But sometimes what can make or break your learning community are the intangibles–the relationships, identity, and connections that make up its culture.
Doug Fisher believes that no school improvement effort will be effective unless school culture is addressed. Doug and his colleagues ; Nancy Frey PhD and Ian Pumpian, PhD, have identified five pillars that are critical to building a culture of achievement:
- Welcome: Imagine if all staff members in your school considered it their job to make every student, parent, and visitor feel noticed, welcomed, and valued.
- Do no harm: Your school rules should be tools for teaching students to become the moral and ethical citizens you expect them to be.
- Choice words: When the language students hear helps them tell a story about themselves that is one of possibility and potential, students perform in ways that are consistent with that belief.
- It s never too late to learn: Can you push students to go beyond the minimum needed to get by, to discover what they are capable of achieving?
- Best school in the universe: Is your school the best place to teach and learn? …the best place to work?
On October 30th, Doug Fisher will be in Grand Rapids to help educators create a culture of achievement. This course is designed to help teachers and principals explore why culture makes the difference between a school that enables success for all students and a school that merely houses those students during the school day.
Drawing on his years of experience in the classroom, Doug Fisher will explain how these pillars support good teaching and learning. In addition, he will share 19 action research tools that will help you create a culture of achievement, so that your school or classroom is the best it can be.
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Encouraging districts to send a teams of teachers with an administrator captures the very spirit of Doug’s message….Developing a culture of collective responsibility for student achievement. Doug’s message in this book takes educators to examining their values and beliefs about teaching and student learning. The last few years schools have focused on what is being taught and how it is being assessed. Doug encourages teachers to consider their instructional methods and the social culture needed between teachers and students, administrators and teachers, and between staff and parents.