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School Culture Quiz

School culture impacts everything we do as educators, and reflects our ability to meaningfully engage students. How is the school culture in your building? Below are questions to help you reflect.

    1. Think about the first person people see when they enter one of your schools. Does this person accurately represent the tone and mood of the school?

      Every school is unique. Though each school varies greatly from one to the next, a strong school culture creates consistency in how your building looks and feels — from the gym to the cafeteria, from the art room to the biology lab. Have you thought about how you want people to be greeted when they first encounter your staff? Have you normed your school staff on that vision and why it is important to you?

    2. Five minutes after the first bell rings, is learning happening?

      When schools have a strong school culture, it’s most likely because their leader has set expectations for classroom management so that transitions are tight and little instructional time is wasted. Granted, even schools with strong cultures have rough days that are more chaotic than usual. In these educational environments, however, staff understands how to seek clarification, eliminating guesswork and confusion.

    3. Think about how staff responds when there is a student emergency. Do they handle these issues well? Does it become a group crisis?

      First and foremost, what is an emergency to your school staff? It’s essential that the entire team is normed on what constitutes an emergency and the appropriate response. Small incidents likely require small interventions, whereas everyone should also have a clear, precise understanding about when and how to escalate if necessary.

    4. Think about what happens when staff disagrees or there is friction between teachers and leaders. Does staff follow a problem-solving protocol?

      Educators are passionate people; there are times when we are going to disagree. This should not come as a surprise to any administrator. Strong-culture schools are usually safe spaces where differences are respected. Relationship-building is prioritized so concerns can be raised and addressed without fear of hurt feelings or retaliation.

If you think your culture needs to improve, reach out to us to see how we can help!

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  • Francis Nichol C. Dizon
    Posted at 07:50h, 22 August Reply

    For me it is important to have a positive school culture environment, because it provides a safe, supportive, encourage and challenge environment for students and staff. Every person in the school should contribute to make everyone in school feel valued, cared and respected.

    Posted at 20:14h, 23 August Reply

    In my opinion, it is important to have a positive and unique school culture environment not only for the professors and staff but for the students also. School has a big role in every student, staff and professor. School is like a home, everyone needs to be respected, loved, and valued.

  • Jullianey Maun
    Posted at 01:31h, 10 October Reply

    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.

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