Culture impacts every aspect of teaching , learning and environment of the school. It depicts the values, ethos, attitudes, norms, traditions and beliefs of the staff and students. It outlines the way the teachers, student, parents interact, the manner and schedule of these interactions, and also the design of the hallway We help you to capture a snapshot of your school’s culture. During the Leadership Meeting, we provide you with guiding questions that leads to understanding the culture of your school, identify new initiatives that supports the vision, enhanced community engagement, and anticipate reaction from community to change.
With the school’s vision for learning, teaching and environment, already defined, as discussed in the previous blog (Vision), the culture of the school has to be aligned with it. It may require new initiatives to be introduced.
Articulate school’s belief about about learning, teaching and environment, so that all the community members appreciate it. This builds a community of individuals who actively contribute to a culture of innovation.
Realigning the culture according to the Vision, will require a few cultural changes too. Reaction to the change by the community may be varied , depending on the current culture. Anticipating this before implementation would be a great step in the direction of progress.
Recognising the essential aspects of the institution’s culture, ways to nurture them, around technology at the school, and devising a plan to realign it with Vision.
Reviewing the practices currently followed and making a decision to Keep/ Revise/ Change them through discussions is the next step forward towards progress. Including new initiatives like tech integration and professional learning will lead to innovation.
Establishing a cordial relationship between leadership team, teachers, students and parents plays a prominent role in acceptance of changes and implementation of new initiatives. Reviewing the mode, frequency and structure of communication between each of them and making revisions if needed will ease the process of bringing a cultural change.
Be it physical aspects like School Design, Hallway decorations or cultural aspects like the frequency of communication between the leadership team , teachers, students and parents, co-scholastic activities conducted would require a relook. Identifying and transforming them would ensure progress towards innovation.
The next step in Leadership meeting is to get a detailed plan for approach based on the leadership element – Culture, It helps in identifying the stage in which the school’s culture is, at present – Define, Develop or Sustain. It also helps to document and implement further steps in the direction of innovation.
With the guiding questions, we help you compile an insight into the existing culture and the changes needed to proceed towards innovation. It helps in documenting the driving force behind the culture of learning, the culture of teaching, aspects that motivate the teachers, essential aspects of your culture, and ways of nurturing them.