Understanding the process of 'Educational Change'

'Education can change culture but only in so far as educators are transformed.' -Parent School Board USA

The value of school culture:

  • Strong school cultures correlate with increased student motivation and achievement.
  • It is also important to tap into the 'moral purpose' of teaching.
  • It is important to understand and embrace the culture of students.
  • All staff members, students and community members must be proactive in finding solutions to change the school culture. Paying attention to the routines, ceremonies, rituals, and traditions that make up a school's culture is imperative before change can be implemented.

The role of Principals and school leaders:

  • The principal's role is to model the types of values and beliefs that are important in a school.
  • Positive change happens when all staff members, students, parents, and administrators work together.
  • Change must be initiated by the school leader before teachers and community members can follow that lead.

The role of mission and vision statements:

  • Vision and mission statements are important because they express why the institution exists and what it wants to become in the future.
  • A mission or vision statement must outline realistic goals that are accessible by all involved parties.
  • All people involved in implementing the mission and vision statements should be aware of the goals of their institution and what steps need to be taken to achieve them.


Websites and Videos

Learning to Change, Changing to Learn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tahTKdEUAPk

This YouTube video called Learning to Change, Changing to Learn discusses the importance of using technology to have students learn authentically by collaborating through projects, making connections, researching and "thinking outside the box" in the 21st century.