To create a strong school culture, teachers and administrators need to put in their best effort. Schools that work hard to foster community are more successful in the long run, with deeper bonds between teachers. In this practical guide, we’ve shared a few smart solutions for building a positive staff culture at your school.
When staff interactions are limited to dull meetings and performance reviews, teachers will develop a negative opinion of your school culture. To counterbalance this, we recommend scheduling social gatherings purely focused on team-building and not involved with work responsibilities at all. This way, faculty can enjoy themselves and not feel forced to be in “professional” mode.
Creating a positive staff culture at your school has everything to do with how your staff feels. They should feel involved with every aspect of school culture. Survey your staff regularly and host brainstorming sessions for upcoming school events. When teachers feel like they’re being heard they’ll feel more empowered to share and contribute.
Besides hosting fun social events, the staff committee should also plan development workshops on campus. Learning new skills can really bring a team together. Workshops could include subjects like public speaking, yoga, leadership, and cooking. Before planning a workshop series always survey your staff to see what they want to learn about most.
While most staff gatherings will be work-related that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. When it comes to staff culture, leadership sets the tone. If you want a joyful and friendly atmosphere in meetings you should set an example with your words. Sharing food can also lighten the mood and help staff members open up. If there isn’t enough money in the budget for food, you can ask teachers to take turns bringing treats to school.
Finally, it’s crucial to show appreciation for staff members by acknowledging their successes publicly. The easiest way to do this is by recognizing exceptional faculty at the start of a staff meeting. Another way to do this is an exercise called “Collective Cards”. Have each staff member write their name at the top of a large index card, and then pass the cards around. Then have everyone write a compliment or a congratulations so that every staff member is acknowledged for their good deeds.
At GraduationSource, we believe that building a positive staff culture at your school is absolutely essential. Visit our blog for more educational resources and teaching tips.