EDU 688 EDU688 Week 1 DQ 1 Detect Components of School Culture (Ashford)
Detect Components of School Culture. The following quote by Sorenson and Goldman (2013) reveals the components of a functional school culture (collegial spirit, shared values, beliefs, and traditions) and the best way (through enthusiasm, energy, and motivation) to have a school where all students succeed as learners: “The integrated budget model requires a school culture receptive to collaboration. Schools, which possess a collegial spirit, shared values, beliefs, and traditions are more apt to spawn the required collaborative environment that in turn increases enthusiasm, energy, and motivation.”
To prepare for this discussion you will read the “Culture, Data, and Celebrating Success” section of Chapter 3 of the required text by Sorenson and Goldman (2013), the Healthfield (2011, 2010) articles, and the Schein (1993) article. These authors discuss how to understand and change school culture. When you understand the culture of your school, you can make sure that it is sufficient to successfully provide optimum learning for all the subgroups of students in the school.
Initial Post – In your initial response construct at least one succinct yet descriptive paragraph for each point listed below.
Discuss what school culture is and identify what the typical components of a functional school culture are using Sorenson and Goldman (2013, pp. 60-63) and the Healthfield (2010) article as resources to support your discussion.
Describe strategies that can be used to facilitate a school meeting the components of a functional school culture.
Explain how knowing what the components are of the school culture can inform your ability to detect the makeup of a school culture and select strategies for implementing a functional school culture.
Guided Response – Respond to at least two peers. In your replies, consider asking questions of your peers about their responses to encourage further conversation. Consider selecting a peer whose school culture differs from your own and one that is similar. Provide feedback regarding your peers’ reasons for the value of knowing one’s school culture. Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you (including the instructor) before the last day of the learning week. This will further the conversation and provide you with opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.
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