In a study by Michigan State University on “How does school climate affect school performance”, it found that a number of studies concluded that a caring school climate is associated with:
- Higher grades, engagement, attendance, expectations and aspirations, a sense of scholastic competence, few school suspensions, and on-time progression through grades (19 studies)
- Higher self-esteem and self-concept (5 studies)
- Less anxiety, depression, and loneliness (3 studies)
There is substantial evidence in the literature to suggest that a school principal must first understand the school’s culture before implementing change according to Leithwood, K., How Leadership Influences Student Learning.
In an Education Week article, “Principals Lack Training in Shaping School Culture”, it states that principals are at a decided disadvantage when it comes to creating organization-wide change, because there is less focus on the skills and strategies for creating a workplace culture. Instead, principals often try to tackle individual symptoms (like attendance, graduation rates, and grades, rather than addressing their cause.
The Energy Bus for School Leadership Journey Leadership Series can close the gap identified above by sharing valuable principles and strategies which are essential to creating positive educators and students. We will discuss Strategy, Vision, Managerial Courage, Marketing, Shared Leadership, etc. to help each leader build a winning framework for their campus or district.
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