A school’s culture makes a difference in the lives of its educators and especially its students. The culture of a school can also be a major factor that helps cultivate student achievement. A good school culture has high expectations for student behavior and achievement that focuses on building on students’ strengths but also zealously giving students (and teachers) the support they need to learn and grow. This issue seeks examples of school cultures that support and sustain student achievement. How does the school convey high academic expectations and support students in that regard? What efforts are made to support staff stability? How are positive behavior and strong relationships between students and staff, among staff, and between school and families cultivated and maintained? What influence has a good school culture had on student achievement and growth?
ASCD Express is looking for short, 600–1,000-word essays on the theme “Creating, Cultivating, and Sustaining a Culture of Achievement.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send us your submissions by June 22, 2012.