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Cultural Functions in Practice

Cynthia BrownGCU EAD 513

  • Regular Professional Development: Professional development workshops align with PSEL standard 3. Such workshops can focus on innovative teaching practices, curriculum alignment, assessment strategies, and other topics that are aligned with the schools mission of providing rigorous curriculum to students kindergarten through fifth grade.
  • Monthly Staff Meetings: Conducting monthly staff meetings that encourage open dialogue and collaboration aligns with PSEL standard 2. Such meetings provide opportunities for staff to discuss challenges, share best practices, and contribute to ideas for improving school culture and effectiveness.
  • Community Engagement Events: Organizing community engagement events such as parent-teacher conferences, family nights, and community service projects aligns with PSEL standard 5. Such events provide opportunities for families, students, and community members to actively participate in the school community which fosters positive relationships and a sense of belonging.
National Policy Board for Educational Administration (2015). Professional Standards for Educational Leaders. Reston, VA.

  • Regularly Commmunicating the School's Mission & Vision: A school administrator who consistently communicates the school's vision and mission to all stakeholders demonstrates a committment to PSEL standard 1. They will keep the community informed about it's overarching goals and values while fostering a sense of shared purpose and direction which promotes a cohesive school culture.
  • Promoting a Collaborative Decision-Making: Actively involving teachers, parents, students and community members in decision-making processes aligns with PSEL 2. Administrators promote collaboration and inclusivity, fostering a culture of trust, transparency, and shared responsibility contributing to a positive and supportive school environment.
  • Recognizing and Celebrating Achievements: Administrators will regularly recognize and celebrate achievements of students, teachers, and staff members contributes to PSEL standard 5. Acknowledging and appreciating the efforts and accomplishments of individuals within the school community promotes a culture of positivity, encouragement, and support, enhancing the overall morale and motivation.
National Policy Board for Educational Administration (2015). Professional Standards for Educational Leaders. Reston, VA.

Unfortunately at my current school I have noticed a pattern of our assistant principal of student behaviors faling to address incidents of student bullying or extreme student behavior reported by the teachers. Often times she takes them on a wuick 2 minute walk or discussion and returns them straight to class with no follow-up, reprecussions, or even documentation. This is creating an enviornment where teachers do not feel supported and an unsafe school culture altogether. Allowing such behaviors to persist contradicts the intended school culture of respect, empathy, and inclusivity.

    Vision: To be the CHOICE in tuition free charter schools.Mission: To serve the greater Riverview community and offer kindergarten through fifth grade a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum with an emphasis on excellence in math and science.

    Valrico Lake Advantage Academy's Vission & Mission Statements

    • Student Leadership Council: Student leadership council aligns with PSEL standard 6. The council empowers students to take on leadership roles, make decisions about school events and initiatives, and serve as ambassadors for their peers. Involving students in decision-making fosters a culture of student voice and engagement.
    • Cultural Awareness Events: Students organizing cultural awareness events and activities align with PSEL standard 8. Such events celebrate diversity, promote cultural understanding and acceptance, and creates opportunities for students to learn about different cultures and perspectives. This fosters an inclusive and respectful school environment contributing to a positive school culture.
    • Service Learning Projects: When students are engaged in service learning projects it aligns with PSEL standard 9. Such projects involve students in hands-on, meaningful activities that address real-world problems and needs in their community. This promotes civic responsibility, empathy, and teamwork all while providing students opportunities to apply academic skills in authentic contexts.
    National Policy Board for Educational Administration (2015). Professional Standards for Educational Leaders. Reston, VA.