School Climate and Culture associated with K-12 public schools and school districts.

Transforming School Culture

In my work with schools in the area of education leadership, I have seen all forms of resistance to change. In some groups of educators, their focus on the status quo is difficult to spot which make it difficult for school leadership and educational leadership whose focused is on implementing best practices in education. The untrained ear hears rational, logical arguments for current methodologies and current approaches. We can be quickly lulled into tranquility ... and loss of action.

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In the Mind of Teachers: Measuring Commitment

Education Leadership and School LeadershipMany of my clients are masters of educational leadership and, as such, are anxious to learn about how their teachers really feel. Principals typically feel as if they know whether teachers are generally pleased or not with their current lot. But, if their teachers are unhappy, just how unhappy are they? If their teachers are highly committed, how highly committed are they?

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Do we listen to teachers?

School Leadership and Education LeadershipI was speaking with the superintendent of a mid-sized district in the Midwest this week. He is an old friend and someone I regard as an expert in education leadership and school leadership.  We had not had a chance to connect in some time. He was updating me on developments with a school administrator in his districts and we were sharing thoughts on all manner of tangentially related topics.

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Principal Interview: Sheri Marcotte of Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center

School Leadership and Education LeadershipChapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center is a middle school on the west side of Indianapolis that was in need of a new school administrator. MSD of Wayne Township Superintendent Dr. Terry Thompson has overseen an impressive series of building initiatives which, most recently, included rebuilding the school into a state-of-the-art facility.

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Why Are Teachers Afraid of Being Heard?

Best Practices in Education Leadership“Response Fear” is a sometimes irrational skepticism of survey respondents who fear their loss of confidentiality. We can all imagine a scenario in which a feared school administrator (or a related school leadership position) uses survey data to explore the hearts and minds of his or her team.

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Benchmark Reports

Each year the Center works with public districts across America to gather input from all stakeholder groups.  We compile the results of our survey data into Research Reports that illustrate issues and trends from the perspective of each stakeholder group.  Our published reports provide school leaders, district leaders, school board members, researchers, journalists, and others access to the results of our four primary stakeholder assessments.  Each of these available research reports is outlined in detail below:

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