Creating a healthy school culture: 12 small shifts that make a BIG difference

How do you define a healthy school culture? What small shifts can we make towards creating or maintaining a healthy culture?

When we talk about school culture we are referring to the attitudes of the school community, the relationships between staff members and beliefs they share. A healthy school culture is collaborative, supportive, encouraging and has a positive impact on staff, students and families.

An unhealthy school culture has the opposite effect.

A healthy school culture can lead to an innovative school. When staff members value one another and support each other as they work toward a common goal it creates a healthy space for risk-taking and growth.

How can we make small shifts at the district and school level to cultivate a healthy school culture?

And how do we celebrate successes and failures together once we get there?

In a recent #Ditchbook chat moderated by Rachel Marker and Anne Kamper we discussed the impact of school culture and shared thoughts on how to create a healthy workplace where innovation can grow.

We discussed:

  • awards and recognition
  • social media
  • peer observation
  • risk-taking
  • … and more!

Check them out in the summary of this week’s chat below!

Want to get in on the next #DitchBook Twitter chat?

Having trouble? Still unclear on how a Twitter chat works? Feel free to tweet to these #DitchBook ambassadors and they’ll help — Karly Moura @karlymoura, Sean Fahey @seanjfahey, Sandy Otto @sandyrotto, Rachel Marker @rachelmarker, Evan Mosier @emosier3, Mandi Tolen @TTmomTT, Craig Klement @craigklement, Tara Martin @taramartinedu, Krista Harmsworth @zonie71, Anne Kamper @annekamper, Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm, Lance McClard @drmcclard, Stephanie DeMichele @sdemichele or David Platt @herrplatt!

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Matt is scheduled to present at the following upcoming events:

 DateEvent / Event DetailsCity / More Info
+ 05/19/2018
Texas Google Summit with Kasey BellAustin, TX
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+ 06/01/2018
MSD of MartinsvilleMartinsville, IN
+ 06/04/2018
Granbury ISDGranbury, TX
+ 06/05/2018
Columbus City SchoolsColumbus OH
+ 06/06/2018
School City of MishawakaMishawaka, IN
+ 06/07/2018
Lafayette eLearning ConferenceLafayette, IN
+ 06/12/2018
2nd Annual Learn, Explore, Adopt and Deliver (LEAD) ConferenceCleveland, OH
+ 06/13/2018
InnEdCoKeystone, CO
  Public Event
+ 06/19/2018
Tyler ISDTyler, TX
+ 06/20/2018
TransformED ConferenceWaco, TX
+ 06/21/2018
Barr-Reeve Jr/Sr High School- Washington Community SchoolsWashington, IN
  Public Event
+ 07/24/2018
Regional Math & Science ConferenceAmarillo, TX
+ 08/01/2018
Flipgrid Event + Evening Live StreamMinneapolis, MN
+ 08/02/2018
Virginia Beach SchoolsVirginia Beach, VA
+ 08/09/2018
St. Joseph Grade SchoolSouth Bend, IN