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With foresight, intentional action, and reflection, principals can shape the shared values of their school.

Building from an understanding of what makes a good school culture, the next question a leader will ask is, How do I get started in this work? With connections and consistent messaging in mind, principals have a unique power to shape their school’s culture. Ebony Bridwell-Mitchell, an expert in education leadership and management, has articulated six areas of focus for principals — guidelines that can support you as you try to sustain, or change, the culture in your building.

Six Steps to Shaping a School’s Culture

  1. Look in the mirror. The leader is the main role model for an organization…