|Description/Abstract: The purpose of the PLU entitled UWA’s School Culture Rewired (book study) is to examine the practices within the school/district by determining the overall school culture. Your school is a lot more than a center of student learning – it also represents a self-contained culture, with traditions and expectations that reflect its unique mission and demographics. In this groundbreaking book, education experts Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker offer tools, strategies, and advice for defining, assessing, and ultimately transforming your school’s culture into one that is positive, forward-looking, and actively working to enrich students’ lives. Drawing from decades of research on organizational cultures and school leadership, the authors provide everything you need to optimize both the culture and climate of your school, including “culture busting” strategies to help teachers adopt positive attitudes, outlooks, and behaviors; a framework for pinpointing the type of culture you have, the type that you want, and the actions you need to take to bridge the two; tips for hiring, training, and retaining teachers who will actively work to improve your school’s culture; and instructions on how to create and implement a successful School Culture Rewiring Team.
Though often invisible to the naked eye, a school’s culture influences everything that takes place under its roof. Whether your school is urban or rural, prosperous or struggling, UWA’s School Culture Rewired (book study) is the ultimate guide to making sure that the culture in your school/district is guided first and foremost by what’s best for your students.