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Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division

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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 ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published February 17th 2009 by Solution Tree (first published February 1st 2009)
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Nancy
The author, an educator, writes of the study he did on the culture of schools and what makes them difficult to change. He describes 4 types of people who work in school and are part of the culture- the believers, who believe in change and doing whatever it takes to help kids learn, the tweeners, those new to education or even a school. They come to work willing to please their boss and are anxious to keep their jobs while they figure out their new vocation. The survivors are those who are burned ...more
J.W. Cunningham
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 dis ...more
Kelley
This is must read book for any administrator serious about understanding the reasons behind toxic school cultures and using strategies to transform them into positive environments. Anthony Muhammad identifies 4 key types of educators and explains how each impact school culture. This typology was very helpful and intensely intriguing. It has given me a much more profound understanding of the needs of staff members that I didn't know how to identify in a productive improvement model previously. Ye ...more
Jeff Bush
Yup. Everything he says is spot on. His understanding of school culture is profound. It's a little short on scholarship as far as current literature, but Muhammad almost makes up for this with his own research. On the must-read list for any educator.
Andy Schoenborn
The book was given to my colleagues and I from our principal. It is a great book for administrators, but tends to cause division among peers as a school wide book study - especially if you are a fundamentalist.
Anthony
Give yourself the language to explain what goes on in a school and the pathway to a healthier learning environment for students.
Laurie
So this has some of the same great ideas I've heard before/heard him speak about. They include:
Predeterminations that are made that widen the achievement gap:
-Perceptual (staff view of student ability)
-Intrinsic (student view of their own ability)
-Institutional (the view we have to deal with under law/other constraints)
These must be addressed to truly change school culture. But of course you are dealing with many different personalities of staff when it comes to shifting the paradigm. They are:
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Nathan
Oct 08, 2013 Nathan rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A framework for staff: what types of people there are, and what they need to make change.


The first group I identified is the Believers. Believers are educators who believe in the core values that make up a healthy school culture. They believe that all of their students are capable of learning and that they have a direct impact on student success. They are actively engaged in a constant battle of ideas with another group, the Fundamentalists.

The second group I call the Tweeners. Tweeners are educ
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Erin
I had to read this one for work. Easy to follow and a great book to use in professional development situations.
Jodi Hufendick
Everyone who works in education should read this and it should be required reading for all administrators. The authors description of the 4 cultures in a school was blunt, to the point, and absolutely accurate. I would say that I identified with the Believers, but was disturbed to see Fundamentalist characteristics in myself. I also could pinpoint exactly the point where I became a Survivor and am grateful that I saw and acted on that myself at that time. This is an eye opening book for all in e ...more
Sunshine Darby
I wish I had this during my first years of teaching. The way the author is able to label groups of educators and pinpoint why they behave was right on the mark! I also enjoyed the fact that the author provides approaches to help schools get their staff to come together and heal dysfunctional cultures.
Renee
4.5 Wish I had read this before working in a school. There should be a college of education class on school dynamics and how to navigate them.
Stephanie_palmeri
I read this a few years ago and still think about it a lot when dealing with resistors. I've also heard Muhammad in person and he's great.
Gini
Super quick read. Helps me see myself and my co-workers in a different light. I realize I need to reach out to our new teachers.
Kerreteach
TREMENDOUS insight into school culture and the various archetypes of teachers. A must read for all administrators.
Diane
Great book! I'm looking forward to discussing it with others.
Denise
Reaffirming....not totally ground breaking, but really reaffirming.
Omar
Transforming School Culture is an indepth look at how to take the "four types of educators" and create an educational environment that is based on a "systematic and schoolwide focus on learning". I am a little biased because the author is a family member. But I am also a practicing educator who has been in schools all over the country witnessing the difficulty of the transition from old educational policy to the reform environment that exists today. Mr. Muhammad does an excellent job of identify ...more
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