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Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division

Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division

Anthony Muhammad

2009

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Introduction

Peter Drucker is reputed to have said,'' Culture eats strategy for breakfast.'' In this practical book by Anthony Muhammad, he offers explanations for how certain types of negative cultures take over a school environment and limit its ability to improve. He describes how to transform toxic cultures into positive ones and also provides material to help school teams transform into professional learning communities.

Summary

In his book, Transforming School Culture, Muhammad helps readers understand how school cultures function and what school administrators need to do to maintain healthy relationships among staff members. He is positive in his approach and believes unhealthy school cultures can be transformed into positive environments. Muhammad studied schools across the United States and uses these experiences to highlight the causes of underlying tensions that negatively impact school cultures. He describes four different types of school staff: Believers, Fundamentalists, Tweeners, and Survivors. The book contains practical strategies targeted for each group of educators, strategies intended to transform school cultures and create positive environments. The overall goal is to create a culture that embraces change and enhances the on-going effectiveness of the organization.

Recommendation

''Insightful and thought provoking. Change is a difficult concept to embrace. Muhammad gives solid suggestions and allows readers to think about how to guide change within their own environments.'' Pam Samson, Principal, Eisenhower Junior High, Hoffman Estates, Illinois.


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Mark Sutherland