Leading cultural change

Leading cultural change involves an understanding of leadership skills and an appreciation of the development of cultures in a school setting.

New Zealand articles and resources

Creating culturally safe schools for Māori students

by 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.

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Creating and maintaining school cultures in times of change

by Chris Callaghan

This research describes interviews with several Christchurch principals as they created and maintained school cultures during the Canterbury earthquakes. The implications apply to any school going through major change.

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New Zealand school stories

Te Kura Kaupapa o Māori Manawatu

Debbie Marshall-Lobb describes how they opened up dialogue on teaching and learning, leading to greater consensus and cohesion.

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Purposeful direction

Hauraki Plains College

Ngaire Harris talks about core values, purposeful direction and creating a collaborative learning community. 

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Systemic change and equity

by Mary Scheetz and Peter Senge

Shifting deeply established habits of thought and behaviour to promote equity for all students.

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Making progress possible

by Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan talks about the roles of intrinsic motivation, internal accountability and ‘freedom to’ in school change. He also talks about new ways of spreading change and success.

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School culture

by Louise Stoll

In this article, Louise Stoll explores the relationship between school culture and school improvement.

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Related sabbatical reports

  • Mark Shanahan, Waitakere College

    Investigate how to sustain school culture during change. Visit eight schools in America and England and two school districts that have a history of exceptional leadership on raising and maintaining student achievement for mixed community schools. Confirm first-hand the strategic review cycles, systems and structures that the schools have in place to maintain positive learning cultures. (PDF 213kB)