…most strategies for reform focus on structures, formal requirements, and event-based activities involving, for example, professional development sessions. They do no struggles directly with existing cultures within which new values and practices may be required…restructuring (which can be done by fiat) occurs time and time again, whereas reculturing (how teachers come to question and change their beliefs and habits) is what is needed. (p. 25)
Keeping with the spirit of reculturing, we are sharing two tools to assist schools and school leaders when reflecting on the essential cultural shifts that we view as fundamental when moving from a traditional school to one focusing on responding to the needs of students. These tools can help staff teams to envision the beliefs foundational in a Collaborative Response Model.
The Essential Cultural Shifts Analysis allows for team members to assess their belief in relation to seven key shifts from traditional to student-response schools, as well as the reality for that shift currently in their school. It is a great way to determine shifts that are highly valued by staff and a current assessment related to the status of that shift in schools. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an excel template to track responses and show them on a radar chart for visual analysis.
The second resource takes the same seven essential shifts and has leaders reflect on whether that will be a minor or major change in their school. The Essential Cultural Shifts – Change Index can assist leaders in determining quick wins in their schools and then plan strategically when tackling shifts considered to be major cultural transformations.
Both resources are also included in our Collaborative Response Model Resources page and are discussed in further depth in Chapter 1 of the book Envisioning a Collaborative Response Model. Follow the link for more information and ordering instructions.
Fullan, M. (2007). The new meaning of educational change. New York: Teachers College Press.