ISBN-10: 1934009458

ISBN-13: 9781934009451

Edition: 2009

Authors: Anthony Muhammad

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The goal of Transforming School Culture is to provide a framework for understanding how school cultures operate and how leaders can overcome staff division to improve relationships and transform toxic cultures into healthy ones with the ultimate goal of improved learning for all students. Anthony Muhammad contends that in order to transform school culture, we must examine and understand educators¿ motivation for hanging on to paradigms that are contrary to those articulated by their school or district. In this book, Dr. Muhammad explores many aspects of human behavior, social conditions, and history. Drawing upon his study of 34 schools (11 elementary, 14 middle, and 9 high schools) from around the country, Dr. Muhammad describes the underlying tensions that impact culture among four different groups of educators in a school. Much of the book is devoted to introducing readers to these groups: ¿ The Believers are those who are committed to the learning of each student and who operate under the assumption that their efforts can make an enormous difference in that learning. ¿ The Fundamentalists are preservers of the status quo. ¿ The Tweeners are members of a staff who are typically new to a school and are attempting to learn its prevailing culture. ¿ The Survivors are those who have been so overwhelmed by the stress and demands of the profession that their primary goal becomes making it through the day, the week, and the year. Dr. Muhammad describes the prevailing beliefs and assumptions of each of these groups and the dynamics within and among the groups. He argues that it is the outcome of these dynamics that will ultimately determine the culture of a school. He provides specific strategies for working with each group of educators to transform school culture and intentionally create positive atmospheres that not only tolerate change, but also seek and embrace the changes that maximize organizational effectiveness.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Solution Tree
Publication date: 5/19/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

About the Author
From Status Quo to True Reform
Challenges of the 21st Century
No Child Left Behind
The Dawn of a New Day: High Anxiety
School Culture Research
Closing the Gap
Technical Change Versus Cultural Change
The Framework of Modern School Culture
Schools in the Era of Accountability
Who Is to Blame?
Student Outcomes
Perceptual Predetermination
Intrinsic Predetermination
Institutional Predetermination
A War of Paradigms
The Believers
Intrinsic Motivation
Connection to the School and Community
Positive Pressure
Willingness to Confront
Pedagogical Skill
A Unifying Force
The Tweeners
A Loose Connection
An Enthusiastic Nature
The "Honeymoon Period" and Compliance
Why Are Tweeners So Important?
Leaving Nothing to Chance
The Survivors
Flight Response
Student Bargaining
Pedagogical Characteristics
Organizational Response
Dealing With Stress and Pressure
The Fundamentalists
Opposition to Change
The Old Contract Versus the New Contract
Belief in the Normal Distribution
Skill Levels
Warring Paradigms
Emotional Versus Rational
Formal Versus Informal Culture
The Three Ds
A Necessary Evolution
"Drop Your Tools": A Lesson in Change and Our Best Chance at Eliminating Fundamentalism
"Drop Your Tools"
Implications for Drop Your Tools
Ending Division
Implications for Practice
A Systematic and Schoolwide Focus on Learning
A Collective Focus on Purpose
Effect on School Culture
Celebrating the Success of All Stakeholders
Institutionalized Celebration
Impromptu Celebration
Celebration and Positive School Culture
A System of Support for Tweeners
A Multifaceted Approach to Mentoring
Removing the Walls of Isolation
Intensive Professional Development
Effect on School Culture
Skillful Leadership and Focus
Epilogue: A Significant Impact
Appendix: Study Design
Data Collection
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