The #1 Factor That Determines A Toxic or Thriving School Culture

Summary:This article addresses addresses how teachers can help contribute to a positive school culture. In the opinion of the author, how teachers themselves address conflicts with their colleagues is a determining factor in the culture of the school.

Source: Alex Kajitani, Education Week, April 27, 2106

Categories: School Culture and Climate, Relationships, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Teacher Satisfaction, SEL Basics

Description: “Here’s what I’ve concluded: the number one factor that determines whether a school culture is toxic or thrives is how staff members deal with their own conflicts as they arise. As teachers, part of our job is to help students learn to get along. As teacher leaders, we must be able to address our own inevitable conflicts in a positive, respectful manner. This can make or break our school culture.”

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