Culture, Climate, and School Outcomes
This chapter begins with an understanding of the importance of school culture. It deals with a dialogue about the relationship between school culture and climate and then proceeds to focus on the concept of climate and how school leaders can use climate to improve the school. The chapter explains that the reform movements have been unsuccessful at improving schools and explores the intricate nature of culture of culture and climate as a foundation of school improvement. It also deals with some propositions for strategies for improving school leadership that will change the school culture and improve school climate and create a successful learning community for students. The chapter aims to help create a school culture and climate that supports the notion of school as a learning community. Highly motivated teachers have more success with student performance and student outcomes. Healthy and sound school cultures correlate strongly with increased student achievement and motivation and with teacher productivity and satisfaction.