How to Improve School Culture without 100% Buy-in

It doesn’t matter what position our school is hiring for...when we're conducting interviews I usually try to ask at least one question about school culture. The reason for this is simple. Every person who works in a school leaves their fingerprints on its culture, and our students will be living in that culture the majority of their school-age lives.

Every second we spend investing in school culture is ultimately an investment in the quality of learning in a building.

This is why Ben Gilpin and I were so excited to sit down with Dave Burgess to talk school culture on the latest episode of the unearthED Podcast. This particular show goes a mile a minute, so allow me to leave some mile markers in the form of important “listen fors” before you give it a listen!

  • Listen for what Dave describes as an invisible force needed to drive all change.

  • Listen for what Dave has to say about moving forward despite mediocre leadership.

  • Listen for the one thing you DON’T want to do when trying something new.

Click HERE to listen.

Be sure to subscribe to the unearthED Podcast in iTunes to catch every episode of our new series, “Fixing the Fractures in Education.” We’d love to hear your stake in the ground using #unearthED on your favorite social media platform as well. What are some ways you and your colleagues are influencing school culture?!

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Dr. Brad Gustafson is an elementary principal, author, and speaker. He believes schools can be spaces where creativity and innovation thrive, but only when we prioritize relationships and a relevant, connected pedagogy. 


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