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Growth Culture: A New Approach to School Improvement

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Harvard Graduate School Of Education

13 Appian Way

Cambridge, MA 02138

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You're invited to join education non-profit Pivot Learning, a panel of educators, and three of the authors of the acclaimed book An Everyone Culture to explore how focusing on school culture, particularly organizational culture and adult development, has the potential to help solve the complex challenges faced by many schools.

The program will feature:

  • Insights from Lisa Lahey, Andy Fleming and Deb Helsing, three authors of the book An Everyone Culture, into how an organization's everyday culture—if it is shaped as a growth culture—can accelerate the development of all team members and the capabilities that are most needed to transform schools and improve outcomes for all students.

  • Results from Pivot Learning's pilot project with Monterey Peninsula School District (MPUSD), which was largely based on the principles outlined in An Everyone Culture, that demonstrates the possibility of growth culture to be an essential ingredient to truly begin to reinvent schools.

  • Experiences shared by educator practitioners from schools and organizations that are also working to develop growth culture in their contexts.

More About MPUSD & Pivot Learning's Work with Growth Culture

Like many school districts, MPUSD faces many complex challenges. From raising student achievement among vulnerable populations to hiring and retaining high quality teachers, there are many initiatives and programs in place throughout the district all attempting to drive change. During the 2018-19 school year, educators from across MPUSD took a step back to approach their work from a different perspective, Growth Culture.

Leveraging the adult development research by Dr. Robert Kegan, Dr. Lisa Laskow Lahey, Andy Fleming, Dr. Matthew Miller, and Dr. Deborah Helsing outlined in their recent book, An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, Pivot Learning partnered with MPUSD to develop and implement an organizational culture where people are encouraged to grow as individuals and team members, while tackling their most challenging equity work.

For nine months MPUSD learned about the latest research on adult development and Growth Culture and how to apply it to their lives, relationships and practice. While the MPUSD pilot was limited in size and scope, early indicators are strong that applying a developmental lens to work with adults in schools and school systems has tremendous promise as a game changer for our educational system. Fostering a Growth Culture can not only transform the work experience for a school and district’s employees, leading to higher job satisfaction and retention, but there is evidence that it can also improve faculty and staff performance, and ultimately, student outcomes.


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