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Enhancing a high-performing school culture and climate : new insights for improving schools

Author: Cletus R Bulach; Frederick C Lunenburg; Les Potter
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., [2016]
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"The purpose of our book is to share with our readers some insights we have acquired over the years in our administrative experience implementing change and reforms. Two areas that are critical for any reform to succeed are the way communications and conflicts are handled. We have included a chapter on interpersonal communications that describes five basic communication skills. We have also included a chapter on  Read more...
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Bulach, Cletus R., author.
Enhancing a high-performing school culture and climate
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., [2016]
(DLC) 2016039895
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cletus R Bulach; Frederick C Lunenburg; Les Potter
ISBN: 9781475829259 1475829256 9781475829266 1475829264
OCLC Number: 951506615
Description: ix, 110 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I: Successful Implementation of a School Reform: Improving Openness, Trust and Interpersonal Communications / Conflict Management --
Part II: Leadership Skills Needed: Cultivating Community, Culture, and Learning / Professional Development That Improves Levels of Openness and Trust --
Part III: Enhancing a School's Culture and Climate: Conferencing-Reporting Student Progress / Seven Strategies for Enhancing a School's Culture and Climate --
Appendix A- Conflict Management Style Assessment --
Appendix B-Group Openness/Trust Scale (GOTS).
Responsibility: Cletus R. Bulach, Fred C. Lunenburg, and Les Potter.

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"The purpose of our book is to share with our readers some insights we have acquired over the years in our administrative experience implementing change and reforms. Two areas that are critical for any reform to succeed are the way communications and conflicts are handled. We have included a chapter on interpersonal communications that describes five basic communication skills. We have also included a chapter on conflict with provides a number of insights on how to handle conflicts and how to avoid conflicts. Successfully dealing with communications and conflict are essential for improving levels of openness and trust Crucial for school culture and climate are low levels of openness and trust. There is little agreement amongst faculty that they are open and trusting with each other. This creates a guarded environment where energy is being spent in a protective mode. Motivation that should go towards improving instruction is diverted to make sure teachers stay out of trouble. Improving levels of openness and trust is a thread throughout the book, as is the concept of servant leadership. If administrators and teachers are perceived as servants as opposed to self-serving, an improvement in levels of openness and trust will result. The authors describe a number of activities for principals so they can practice the servant leadership style that is essential in order to enhance a school s culture and climate. One of the activities addresses bullying behavior. Bullying behavior must be addressed if there is to be a positive school culture and climate."--Provided by publisher.
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The authors provide effective strategies on how to build a focused school culture and a positive climate that enhances student outcomes. -- Beverly J. Irby, chair, PK-12 Educational Administration, Read more...

 
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