December 2019 Building School Culture

By Leigh Cassell

Global EDU Student Chat ( @GlobalEdSsChat) is a student-led Twitter Chat that connects K-12 students around the world to discuss topics related to character education, social justice, and citizenship. #GlobalEdSsChat creates opportunities for students to network with others, gain perspective, build relationships with new learning partners in a literacy-rich learning environment, experience social media as a powerful platform for learning, and establish a positive digital footprint.

This month, the GlobalEdSsChat team explores building school culture using the following questions as a guide to the conversation:

1. Why is it important for schools to build a positive culture? Have you been part of a school with a strong school culture? What stands out?

2. What role do students play in building a school culture? Who else contributes to building a positive school culture?

3. What contributes to a negative school culture? What are some of the challenges to building a positive culture?

4. How can you make your school more inclusive in ways that involve others? Give examples.

5. How can building a positive school culture benefit students both academically and socially?

Special Guest:

Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader, most recently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to working in this capacity, Jeff served as a school improvement specialist with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit school improvement network.

Jeff also served as a principal with Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia, and with North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois. Before serving as a school administrator,

Dr. Zoul was a classroom teacher for 18 years in the State of Georgia, teaching elementary school, middle school, and high school English.