What is Single School Culture?
Single School Culture is not a program but a way of organizing and running a school. It begins with shared norms, beliefs, values, and goals and results in agreed upon processes and procedures that produce consistency in practice.
A Single School Culture results in consistency of both adult and student practices related to behavior, academic achievement and climate. The processes are designed to develop the knowledge and skills of adults and students simultaneously.Single School Culture for Behavior
Behavior is a uniform set of practices and procedures that are aligned to a school's mission and goals. These practices and procedures are known and used by all staff to positively norm both student and adult actions. The goal of applying the Single School Culture for Behavior process is empower the staff to uniformly address behavior issues that in turn creates an ethos of fairness on a campus.Single School Culture for Academics
Single School Culture for Academics is a research-based process that utilizes the most effective practices from the Efficacy Initiative, Standards in Practice from Education Trust, and Assessment Literacy based on the Stiggins model. Teachers receive training and participate in regularly scheduled Learning Team Meetings that include the following procedures:
- Articulation of academic targets-unpacking of standards
- Development of a data stream
- Analysis of student data (strengths and weaknesses) and student work (rigor and relevance)
- Alignment of curriculum/assessment to standards
- Sharing strategies for corrective instruction
Student involvement in the academic processes is key. Students learn to articulate the academic targets, analyze their own data, derive feedback and develop their plan for learning. Students also become partners in the assessment process and learn to lead conferences regarding their academic achievement.Single School Culture for Climate
Climate refers to the emotional atmosphere we generate around us, the "context" of school. Climate involves the perception of stakeholders concerning the fairness, openness, friendliness, ethos of caring, and sense of welcome of the school. It also refers to the degree of satisfaction experienced within its organizational structure.
In this process, schools identify the problematic practices and their impact on staff/student morale, achievement, and participation. The goals of Single School Culture for Climate include maintaining a community in school that:
- Reduces risk factors for students and promotes positive factors
- Recognizes and values the contributions of all: staff, students and parents
- Promotes an atmosphere that encourages positive relationpships among all stakeholder groups