School cultures focus on learning, teaching, and gaining an understanding of 'what we value around here'.
New Zealand articles and resources
Leaders can use this evaluation tool to help them analyse their own school's culture.
Angus Macfarlane, Ted Glynn, Tom Cavanagh, and Sonja Bateman
This article looks at ways to create culturally safe classrooms in New Zealand schools. It focuses on ways in which teachers and schools can create inclusive environments for Māori students, and reminds us that all students benefit from being in culturally inclusive classrooms.
This paper is an introduction to exploring ethical issues and problems within the educational context. It includes a brief theoretical framework regarding the importance of taking an ethical approach to solving difficult issues and two compelling case studies from New Zealand schools as examples.
New Zealand school stories
Noema Williams discusses building on a whānau/marae model.
Bruce McDonald discusses bringing the focus of the school back to curriculum.
Debbie Marshall-Lobb discusses how relationships are everything and how the principal plays a really powerful role in terms of shaping culture.
Juliet Small discusses moving towards the culture of Oranga School.
Gisborne Girls High school is part of a local, a national, and an international community. Karen Johansen feels celebrating success is an integral part of the school culture.
Linda Tame has discovered the power of teacher learning. The staff and the students realise that learning at Lincoln High School is changing.
Malcolm Dixon shares his ideas for building a culture of success through teacher professional growth and digital technologies.
Maureen Kerr discusses changing from management to professional leadership.
Merryn Muir discusses developing the culture in a new school.
Shona Oliver discusses leading people and building community relationships.
In this article, Louise Stoll explores the relationship between school culture and school improvement.
Jane Turner and Carolyn Crang
This article describes an interactive seminar on school culture held for educational professionals and parents.
This article is a very readable comment on the importance of quality professional relationships among the adults within a school. Roland Barth has considerable experience as a principal and as someone who mentors principals in a leadership programme.
In this commentary, Rick DuFour examines an area currently under close scrutiny in New Zealand: the impact that teacher practices have on student learning. He asks, “What happens in our schools when, despite our best efforts in the classroom, a student does not learn?”
This article looks at creating school leaders. The author argues that lists for “best practice” to measure school leaders against does not equate to successful leadership. The only kind of practice that principals need to concern themselves with is the kind that contributes to and enhances students learning.