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Creating A Culture Of Learning

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Published on January 15, 2009

Author: DrLourdes

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Culture is a shared frame of reference for interacting with one another and for interpreting the world in which we live. This common frame of reference includes communication, values, beliefs, and interpretations of experiences. This seminar presented by Dr. Lourdes tells how culture impacts the learning of all students. Sponsored by www.drlourdes.net.
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Creating a Culture of Learning

What is culture? Culture is a shared frame of reference for interacting with one another and for interpreting the world in which we live. This common frame of reference includes communication, values, beliefs, and interpretations of experiences. It is reflected in customs, artifacts, rituals and ceremonies, legends, myths and stories.

The school culture has the power to either invigorate or debilitate the vital elements of the school improvement process. It is deep, complex, powerful, highly experiential, and pervasive. Why is leaning about school culture so important?

Characteristics of a School With a Culture of Learning

Possesses a strong vision 1) Be widely shared Foster genuine commitment rather than compliance Generate motivation Provide direction Create the agenda for action, and Provide clarity and focus on what needs to be done This vision must:

Be widely shared

Foster genuine commitment rather than compliance

Generate motivation

Provide direction

Create the agenda for action, and

Provide clarity and focus on what needs to be done

2) Believes in Effort-Based Education An effort-based school replaces the assumption that - aptitude determines what and how students learn with the assumption that - sustained and directed effort can yield high achievement for all students.

Operates based on selective core values 3) Grow out of the vision and direct the daily efforts toward that long-term target Are the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that a faculty must exhibit if the vision of the school is to be pursue. Core values:

Grow out of the vision and direct the daily efforts toward that long-term target

Are the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that a faculty must exhibit if the vision of the school is to be pursue.

The mission answers the question – WHY do we exist? The vision answers the question - WHAT is it that we want to become (ideal) Values answers the question – HOW do we advance toward that ideal? Did you know that…

Exercises effective leadership 4) Derive their power from trust Create followers and mold them as a team Motivate people to excel their performance Bring about necessary change in a way that is responsive to the vision and values of the organization. Effective leaders:

Derive their power from trust

Create followers and mold them as a team

Motivate people to excel their performance

Bring about necessary change in a way that is responsive to the vision and values of the organization.

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." Dwight D. Eisenhower

Celebrates the teaching profession 5) Teachers should receive the respect, prestige, and status that is commanded by other professions. The community must recognize that teachers are at the heart of the educational enterprise.

In a completely rational society, the best of us would aspire to be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have. Lee Iacocca Did you know that…

According to Goodlad (1984), merely holding teachers accountable for improving student learning without addressing internal and external negative circumstances is not likely to improve the quality of their professional lives and the schools in which they teach. Did you know that…

Empowers teachers to be leaders 6) Have a clear sense of what they want students to accomplish Are masters of clear and effective communication Accept the responsibility of motivating Are persistent - believe in students even when they stop believing in themselves Teachers who perform as leaders:

Have a clear sense of what they want students to accomplish

Are masters of clear and effective communication

Accept the responsibility of motivating

Are persistent - believe in students even when they stop believing in themselves

Nourishes a spirit of teamwork 7) Validate each other Increase their creativity Become a self-learning organism Resource each others’ ideas and perspectives Working in teams allows teachers to:

Validate each other

Increase their creativity

Become a self-learning organism

Resource each others’ ideas and perspectives

“ The days for ‘heroes’ are over. What we need now are DREAM TEAMS . Individual teachers alone can’t take an entire school to PROFICIENCY . This kind of endeavor requires an entire faculty.” Dr. Lourdes Ferrer

Humanizes education 8) We must see our school system as a people system rather than a system of programs. We don’t teach lessons, we teach kids. Schools should be places where students can develop self-esteem and confidence and experience a sense of security and community.

According to Bill Gates’ 3R’s, education can only be successful when is rigorous, relevant, and most of all, based on relationships . “ Schools should be about providing a sense of hope for all not achievement for the few.” Anon

Generates motivation to learn 9) In education, it is the interest students have in the content being presented and/or the desire they have to do well in their studies. Motivation is the desire and drive required for any kind of successful performance.

Studies consistently support the strong positive impact of motivation on academic achievement. Marzano, R. J., 2003 Percentile gains

A teacher with 35+ years of experience said the following about student motivation: “ The question is how do we get their minds? How do we reach their minds to help them become the people that they don’t even know they want to become? As a teacher I need, not just their bodies present, but also their minds as well.”

Commits to never-ending renewal 10) Schools that are committed to a never-ending renewal process: Practice flexibility Understand and attend the interplay between stability and change Seek different perspectives Mine, analyze, communicate, and use data for school improvement purposes

Practice flexibility

Understand and attend the interplay between stability and change

Seek different perspectives

Mine, analyze, communicate, and use data for school improvement purposes

Goes beyond research to decision-making Turn grand causes into small actions C ontinued…

Goes beyond research to decision-making

Turn grand causes into small actions

11) Shapes a positive school climate 12) Monitors what matters 13) Capitalizes upon diversity 14) Homesteads its environment 15) Distills content to teach what is essential And in another time…

Dr. Lourdes Ferrer Academic Achievement and Assessment Specialist www.drlourdes.net [email_address] Tel: 561– 236-4154

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