Building an Intentional School Culture: Excellence in Academics and Character

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November 2007



In Building an Intentional School Culture, the authors propose the theory that if school leaders want to improve students' academic achievement and personal development, they need to create an 'intentional school culture' that builds excellence and character. Based on work created out of the Denver Public Schools, this resource shares the tools, strategies, and implementation plan for creating a strong school culture. The book provides a road map developed expressly for teacher trainings, principal workshops, staff meetings, and for district-level use.


About the Authors
1. Building an Intentional School Culture: Excellence in Academics and Character
The Importance of School Culture
Laneer Middle School: The Shaping of School Culture
2. The School Touchstone
3. The Four Mind-Set Model
Teachers and the Four Mind-Set Model
Students and the Four Mind-Set Model
Parents and the Four Mind-Set Model
Leadership and the Four Mind-Set Model
How to Use the Four Mind-Set Model
4. Introduction to the Eight Gateways
Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
Problem Solving
Expectations, Trust, and Accountability
Physical Environment
Markers, Rituals, and Transitions
5. Applying the Four Tools
Timeline: The First 36 Weeks (Year 1)
Timeline: The Second 36 Weeks (Year 2)
Pulling It All Together


Charles F. Elbot was born in Europe and lived his first twenty years as part of three cultures-French, German and American. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he pursued his dream to see the world. With his backpack, sleeping bag and only a few hundred dollars, he traveled west, crossing Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe over a three year period. For funds, he worked on ships out of Bali and Singapore. These were three extraordinary years of being exposed to a rich array of the world's cultures.
Upon returning to the United States, he began teaching and then helped to found an alternative high school, September School, in Boulder, Colorado. After several years of teaching and serving as a principal, he attended Harvard University, earning his masters' degree in moral development and educational administration. This was followed by serving as a principal in public and independent schools over the next twenty-one years.
Charles served as principal of Slavens School, a K-8 Denver public school, which in 2001 was honored as one of eight schools in the nation as a National School of Character. This school was also recognized for its extraordinary student academic achievement. These accomplishments attracted educators from around the country who spent days observing "how" things were done at the school. The following year Charles founded the Office of Character and School Culture and began to take these ideas to other schools in Denver and around the country. In 2003, the New Zealand government invited Charles to share these approaches with educators in New Zealand. Since then the Office of Character and School Culture has continued to develop the work of harnessing a school's culture to build excellence in academics and character, culminating in this book.
Charles is married to Barbara Robertson Elbot and they have two children, Jason and David.


"From explorations of decision-making processes to school character, chapters provide plenty of practical, applied ideas especially useful for college-level education collections."
EAN: 9781412953771
ISBN: 1412953774
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2007
Seitenanzahl: 141 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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