Forming a positive and integral school culture aimed at rallying students is a task that all school leaders should strive to fulfil. Matthew Howell, talking about his experience, says: “I worked as an administrative representative. For many of my colleagues, the work of researching educational institutions was not a joy, but I liked my work. Having conducted a large amount of research in the field of educational policy I determined the degree of its influence on the work of teachers. I can say that school policy is the basis of education. In connection with these, I was interested in the emergence of policies at various federal levels.”
At the beginning of the research, Matthew believed that culture and politics were completely unrelated. However, in the course of researching the policy-making system, he founded the elements similar to culture.
Questions as a basis for building new ideas
Howell said the school climate Committee serves as a catalyst for the continued progress of positive school culture. Matthew believes that the structure of the questions for the meetings allows focusing. When discussing the sources of access to information, he always asks the real questions: what is unusual in our educational institution? What makes it different from other schools?
According to Howell’s theory, at the initial stage, it is necessary to work out issues that will help to evaluate the interaction. Does it work? Are we able to confirm this? For which indicator, we are responsible in case of the positive answer? By asking these questions, you can effectively create ideas that are different from the existing ones. It is necessary to change the strategy and views if something did not work or went wrong, but do not consider it as a collapse. When creating procedures for the adoption of the conclusions’ step by step, taking as a basis the questions, the possibility of achieving a better outcome increases.
Determination of the positive and negative sides of the school
School policy development takes into account the goals and objectives. The staff of the think tank compare the desired results and the actual course of events and then develop options for eliminating differences. Naturally, things don’t always go well in school, there are lacks. Everyone involved in the school, from the principal to the student, should be involved in identifying weaknesses and identifying ways to correct it. At the same time, it is very important to establish a connection between all participants in this chain to achieve the best result.
When we know all the advantages and disadvantages of the educational institution there is an opportunity to develop a program to improve the level of school culture. At the beginning of working with politics, Matthew Howell did not expect that he would be able to develop ways to improve school culture and raise the level of his own working methods.