School Culture Analysis Essay

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Running head: SCHOOL CULTURE ANALYSIS








School Culture Analysis
Lisa Mack
Grand Canyon University
EDA 529
Dr. Tony Elmer
July 21, 2009

School Culture Analysis
The term school culture describes the environment that affects the behavior of the entire school community. School culture can be defined as the quality and character of school life. It is based on patterns of school life experiences and reflects norms, goals, values, relationships, teaching, leadership practices and the structure of the organization. Several studies have concurred that student performance is directly related to school climate. Students in schools with a positive school culture have higher achievements. Therefore, creating and
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Such a community is a place where teachers, students, and the stakeholders engage in decision making, have a shared sense of purpose and will all work together to support the infrastructure that involves alignment of instructional goals and a vision of learning (MacNeil & Maclin). School leaders that focus their attention on creating a positive school culture begin with a period of initiating a school process that focuses on school vision, use of data, shared expectations, and collaborative teamwork. In order for a positive school culture to be established, the principal must foster an atmosphere where teachers, students, and parents know where they fit in and how they can work together to support teaching and learning. Creating a positive school culture requires the principal to develop a vision of learning that is clearly communicated to the staff and students. Additionally, principals must create a climate that fosters shared authority and accountability if they are going to build a positive school culture (MacNeil & Maclin).
Establishing a shared understanding of the definition of school culture with the stakeholders of the school is the first step in building a positive school culture. Once a shared definition is established, then a school administrator should next assess the current school culture and devise a plan of action. There are several avenues from…