How to Create a Positive School Culture

Creating a positive culture in your school might be one of the most important things you can do as an educator. Creating a culture of achievement and improvement is an excellent way to catalyze positive change in your staff and students. Try some of the following tips to help you create this culture of achievement.

  • Create an orientation program for both new students and new staff - Joining a new school can be intimidating for both students and staff. Having an orientation program for new students and teachers can be a great way to explain your school culture to them so that they know the values and beliefs that form the foundation of what you do.
  • Bring your school goals out of hiding - A lot of schools may have goals, visions and missions published in the employee handbook or posted in the staff room. But this is not enough. You need to make these goals visible to students and staff everyday. This will encourage everyone to be on board with the type of school culture you want to create. Having these goals posted publically allows students to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and also lets them identify when something may not be functioning quite like it is supposed to.
  • Don't just accept feedback but embrace it - Allowing your staff to give feedback is one thing but actually changing your management based on their feedback is something completely different. Having a culture where your staff can see their feedback implemented on a daily basis will motivate them to join in and support the school culture of achievement and improvement.

Adapted from: https://www.edutopia.org/article/principals-perspective-importance-of-school-culture-kyle-wagner