EDU 688 EDU688 Week 1 DQ 2 Determine Functionality of School Culture (Ashford)
Determine Functionality of School Culture. Functionality refers to whether the culture of an organization aids in meeting the mission of the organization as well as serves in promoting an environment of respect between members of the organization and in accomplishing successful learning for all subgroups of the students.
Initial Post – Determine the functionality of your school by holding an informal discussion with at least three employees, preferably a school leader, a teacher, and a para-educator. Discussions can be conducted through face- to-face, email correspondence, or telephone conversation. If you are not currently employed in a school setting but you know people who are, you may use them as contacts. Use the questions below to determine the functionality of your school. Be sure to include the positions and first names only of the person with whom you had your conversation with.
What would you tell a friend about your school if he or she was about to start working there?
What is the one thing you would most like to change about this school?
How are decisions made at this school?
What is your favorite characteristic that is present in your school?
What is your favorite question to ask a candidate for a leadership position in your school?
Based on the results of your discussions, identify and share in detail how functional your school is. The traits you identify as needing to be changed will be considered the dysfunctional traits.
*If you do not have direct access to a school, or do not know anyone who does and could support you in these conversations, there are several options for completing this discussion. Please communicate proactively with your instructor to discuss these options prior to the due date.*
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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