Divergent EDU Chapter Two

Chapter 2: Climate and Culture: Creating a Common Thread

Summary: Climate and culture are the foundation for everything we do. It determines how our relationships function, how we make decisions and solve problems as a staff, and how people feel when they enter our buildings. This chapter focuses on little changes to create a commonality between people that can positively impact a culture and climate like creating a common language, expectations, and belief system.

Additional Resources:
School Culture, School Climate: They Are Not the Same Thing

Referenced Books:
Read, Write, Lead: breakthrough strategies for schoolwide literacy success by Regie Routman
The First Days of School by Wong and Wong (now updated)

Guiding Questions:

  1. List and define one to two terms regularly used in your district that may not be defined for stakeholders. These could be being used in initiatives, your mission/vision, etc.
  2. How will you explicitly and effectively communicate these definitions to stakeholders?
  3. What do you see as values you desire your district to have? School? Classroom?
  4. What do you see as what your district/school/classroom actually valuing (how do those compare)?
  5. What specifically do you do (or not do) that proves those are the values?
  6. What values do your initiatives support?