school culture

4 ways to ensure a successful school culture initiative

How can school leaders create a consistent, student-centered, and restorative approach to their school culture initiative?

2. Establish a System for Capturing and Sharing Culture Data across Classrooms

In addition to establishing metrics that define success, schools need an easy way to capture data so they can monitor progress and support teachers’ and students’ needs. To manage a classroom and simultaneously capture data in real time, teachers need user-friendly tools that yield easy-to-understand, actionable information without interrupting their workflow. For example, using tools such as the Kickboard school culture system, educational leaders can set school- or district-wide behavior expectations, and teachers can record and reinforce those behaviors with just a tap.

  • Provide Real-Time Visibility into Student Behavior

Having culture data available in a central system makes it easy for teachers and administrators to acquire an overview of a student’s behavior and contribution to school culture over any period of time, as well as a teacher’s response to that behavior. Further, with real-time visibility into student behavior, educators can proactively identify student needs, provide timely interventions, and communicate with parents.

  • Empower Staff

Additionally, a data system should include built-in support for teacher tasks related to creating a positive school culture, such as providing the protocols to follow when corrective action is necessary. And, of course, staff should be provided with training for any tools or resources they will use in conjunction with the culture initiative so they can leverage those for maximum benefit.

3. Provide Immediate Value for Teachers

Teachers are the driving force behind any school culture improvement initiative. If they don’t quickly see the initiative’s value, it will not be implemented effectively. Therefore, a data system should also facilitate teachers’ sharing of information on individual students, using tools such as behavior-specific notes, teacher-to-teacher comments, action timelines, or measurements of the proportion of positive-to-negative behaviors. Likewise, automated triggers that alert educators to behavior warning signs before they escalate into more complex or ongoing problems will reduce frustration for teachers, administrators, and students.

4. Use Data to Drive Self-Reflection

Culture-focused data reflection and planning should be as integral a part of a professional learning community as academic data reflection. Reviewing culture data enables school leaders and teachers to detect patterns and trends in behavior, discover achievements that should be celebrated, and identify areas in need of improvement as well as the root causes of those issues. That, in turn, provides a solid basis for collaborating on improvement plans, taking appropriate action, and evaluating the results, making for a continuous cycle of improvement.

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