December last year I received an award from the International Schools Awards organisation. The award was for Best Innovation in Education. This innovation was squarely set on the shoulders of the Teacher as Researcher program and the building a culture of staff learning. This particular program has been instituted at my current school for the past three years.
This is not just about the building of teacher capacity, but rather on how teachers not only improve their teaching practice but also how they collaborate with their colleagues in sharing their expertise.
Education is a social profession and when people get together, the opportunity to grow and learn is accentuated.
The process of building school culture is organic and relies heavily on school leaders connecting four key pillars into their leadership priorities. I believe that many of the day to day tasks school leaders undertake to improve their school can be categorised into four key pillars.
These four pillars:
- Commitment & Loyalty
- Transparency & Efficiency
- Team Work
A deeper explanation of improving schools through the focusing on school culture can be found in the following article:
As we embark on a new school year, building a positive school culture should be at the forefront for all school leaders and teachers too!).