School Culture


“While organizations can pronounce a change in policy or procedure, they cannot proclaim a change in attitudes, beliefs, or behaviors…The concept of changing culture may seem simple enough, but changing culture is not like changing the decor” Richard DuFour and Robert Eaker

This is a quote taken from the book The Leader In Me”

There is a lot of talk of School Change and Curriculum 21 and many other ideas about education. I believe they are all necessary as it says in the book Curriculum 21 “We don’t need school reform but schools need new forms.”

However in my opinion what is necessary first is to have the proper school culture where change and growth are not only talked about but can actually be seen on a day to day basis.

Therefore without a change in how people  really act and behave we can talk about all these great things but they will remain just that Talk.

We need to remember that People are the key to any good organization and we need to focus on people first.


  1. Alan Beam said:

    I see the change at school in three parts. School Culture, School Climate and then Curriculum/Instruction. I agree Culture has to change but getting there the climate has to be right. As you lay that foundation better conversations and decisions on Curriculum and Instruction can be made.

    February 11, 2011
    • Alan,
      I totally agree. I just think that we need to have a faculty culture that is willing to grow and develop and to me that needs to come first.

      Thanks for the comment

      February 11, 2011
  2. Dave said:

    I agree. When the culture is strong it makes all the difference in the world.


    February 11, 2011
  3. Indeed, Akevy, no real change comes with simply a proclamation. We must put forth real effort to make change a reality. Focusing on culture is absolutely the first and most important element to making anything worthwhile happen. If we aren’t focused on positive relationships with those we work with and serve, how can we possibly expect to work with and serve them well?

    February 11, 2011
    • Tom,
      Thanks for the comment.
      You really summed it up.

      Have a great Day

      February 11, 2011
  4. Kyle Timms said:

    You’ve quoted two of my favourite books in this post and therefore I obviously agree with you. Personalized Learning or 21st Century Learning (whatever you want to call it) is not about technology, computers, or differentiation, it’s about the way people act, learn, and interact with each other. More importantly it’s about how people will need to do those three in the future because of new technologies and interconnectedness.

    We can’t teach these behaviours, they need to be part of our lives and our kids lives.

    February 11, 2011
    • Kyle,
      Thanks for the comment
      I couldn’t agree more these behaviors need to become a part of who we are so that we can model these behaviors for our students so they can in turn become who our students are

      Thanks again

      February 11, 2011

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