Dr. James Bushman, the principal of University High School in Fresno, California, had a problem. He had a thriving school culture, but the school was poised to grow dramatically in ways that could undermine its intimacy and stability. Dr. Bushman shared this story with educational leaders from across the country at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture in March of 2017.
Building and sustaining school culture is no easy task. "Every procedure, practice, and person in a school sends implicit messages—either empowering or disempowering—to students," writes Linda Inlay for Educational Leadership. Wise leaders ask, "Under what conditions do human beings learn best?" and heed the answers.