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Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division

Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Muhammad

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The goal of Transforming School Culture is to provide a framework for understanding how school cultures operate and how leaders can overcome staff division to improve relationships and transform toxic cultures into healthy ones with the ultimate goal of improved learning for all students. Anthony Muhammad contends that in order to transform school culture, we must examine and understand educators motivation for hanging on to paradigms that are contrary to those articulated by their school or district. In this book, Dr. Muhammad explores many aspects of human behavior, social conditions, and history. Drawing upon his study of 34 schools (11 elementary, 14 middle, and 9 high schools) from around the country, Dr. Muhammad describes the underlying tensions that impact culture among four different groups of educators in a school. Much of the book is devoted to introducing readers to these groups: The Believers are those who are committed to the learning of each student and who operate under the assumption that their efforts can make an enormous difference in that learning. The Fundamentalists are preservers of the status quo. The Tweeners are members of a staff who are typically new to a school and are attempting to learn its prevailing culture. The Survivors are those who have been so overwhelmed by the stress and demands of the profession that their primary goal becomes making it through the day, the week, and the year. Dr. Muhammad describes the prevailing beliefs and assumptions of each of these groups and the dynamics within and among the groups. He argues that it is the outcome of these dynamics that will ultimately determine the culture of a school. He provides specific strategies for working with each group of educators to transform school culture and intentionally create positive atmospheres that not only tolerate change, but also seek and embrace the changes that maximize organizational effectiveness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1934009997
  • Publisher: Solution Tree (23 Feb 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002W5G5P0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every educator must read! 4 Mar 2009
By D. Muhammad - Published on
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This book is the most profound view of school culture that I have ever read. The insights offered in this book need to be read by every educator in America. Absolutely the best educational book that I have ever read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Education Consultant 5 Sep 2011
By L. Jessie - Published on
This book answered the question of what happens when new teachers came on my staff. I realized I was setting teachers up for failure by not being more systematic in selecting key individuals for them to interact with during the first year. It also helped me identify certain individuals on my staff and determine the type of influence they have on the culture in the school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right on the Mark! 15 Feb 2010
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This profound book should be required reading for anyone engaged in educational leadership or contemplating a career in educational leadership. I am an avid reader but have never written a comment on a book until now. Not only are Dr. Muhammad's insights into school culture amazing but the book is written in an engaging style. He has made me aware of the players in a dysfunctional school culture and offers remedies that will hopefully bring health to the school so that all children can achieve to potential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Talk for Practitioners 6 Sep 2011
By Kenneth C. Williams - Published on
Anthony Muhammad does what I wish more authors would...he establishes just enough of a research base to be credible, and then builds from there for practical application. In Transforming School Culture, he helps both leaders and teachers understand more intimately what it takes to establish and nurture a positive learning culture. It is both a quick and powerful read, another formula for resources in these days of being so busy. Kudos to Dr. Muhammad for taking aim at one of the most complex challenges of school reform.

Kenneth C. Williams
Author, Speaker, Consultant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific insights into school culture 17 Aug 2011
By Rick DuFour - Published on
Anthony Muhammad provides the insights into the vexing challenge of changing school culture that only comes from someone who has both devoted his research to the topic and applied that research in the real world of schools. He recognizes that culture is defined by the assumptions, beliefs, and expectations that constitute the norm for the organization and offers specific insights into how to address and impact the thinking and feelings that drive the practice of educators. He does not vilify those resistant to changing the traditional culture of schooling, but instead attempts to offer insights into the thought process behind the resistance. He does not lump all resisters into one category but instead examines four different groups and the reasons it is understandable that they may be skeptical of change. I highly recommend this book to any educator or staff that wants to come to a deeper understanding of the challenge of changing school culture and to learn strategies for meeting that challenge.

Dr. Richard DuFour, educational author and consultant
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