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Trust by Design

Trust By Design Excerpted from Dr. Eric Chagala’s presentation at the recent Learning for Living Culture Summit in Auburn, CA. Eric is the founding principal of VIDA (Vista Innovation and Design Academy) in San Diego, CA and was hired to close a failing school and reopen it as VIDA. It […]

How do we assess our school culture?

“I think we are doing pretty well. We do a lot of great things.”   “Let’s ask around, see what people tell us. Let’s start with our own students and teachers and see what we hear.”   This was the question and exchange I recently heard from a group of […]

Why School Culture?

I believe that life is all about connecting with people.   Through connection, we learn who we are, and who we can and want to be. Through connection, we are able to achieve and survive things that, alone, are beyond our capacities.   Connection, by another word, is culture. School […]

One… Three… Five Years to Amazing School Culture!

“We fought with kids and parents for three years about our dress code. We heard every argument you can imagine and most of them several times over. We fought with parents again when we told students they could not “boo” during ballgames. At times, it was exhausting.”   This is […]

We say “please,” “thank you,” and we hold doors for people

According to veteran educator Monte White, the habits of saying please, thank you, and holding doors for people are where it all starts.     While one might pass these things off as “just having manners,” Monte sees them as the root of positive school culture and he has infused […]

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