Creating a Staff Performance Culture
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For great learning school leaders need to be active in building a strong performance culture amongst staff
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Primary schools are losing more and more male teachers, so how can we retain them?

Primary schools are losing more and more male teachers, so how can we retain them? | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
The continuing decline in the numbers of male primary school teachers suggests more attention needs to be placed on retaining those already in the profession.
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Several themes emerged as participants described their strategies for dealing with these gender-related challenges. These included the influence of traditional constructions of how men should and shouldn’t act, schools perpetuating these societal constructions, and the importance of having strong support from colleagues and school leaders.
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Effective Communication is about Understanding Emotion

Effective Communication is about Understanding Emotion | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Emotions are at the core of all communication, positive or negative. Thoughts on how to conceptualize emotions.
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Emotions tell you what is important, what needs your attention and what action is required. Only when something is important enough does it capture your attention, this all thanks to the emotion that brings it to the forefront for you. And you only learn something when it is important enough to be able to react appropriately to such a given situation. In other words, emotion not only tells you what is important, it also is the motor for your learning. Emotions are primary. Emotions motivate.
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Eight Keys for Transformative School Design

Eight Keys for Transformative School Design | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
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Our students need to be able to create new industries, find new cures, and solve tomorrow's global problems. We have identified eight keys to design tomorrow's schools so that today's learners are prepared for success far beyond earning a high school diploma. Each of these eight keys serves as a puzzle piece for redesigning the education system.
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Transforming Schools Starts with Asking Why?ASCD Inservice

Transforming Schools Starts with Asking Why?ASCD Inservice | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
There are lots of strategies to improve and transform schools, and of course a lot tried and true things to focus on.
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in order to transform a school, there needs to be a focus on the “Why?”
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Use routines to turn everyday work experiences into development opportunities

The challenge of learning by experience is like sand in the oyster; it’s irritating and uncomfortable at the time, but you can end up with a beautiful pearl. Research tells us that 70% of our development comes when we have certain experiences that present a challenge, like turning around a business, implementing a new process, handling a difficult customer or stepping into a larger role. 20% is support provided by your supervisor or others, and the last 10% is formal, structured learning.
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For someone to actually develop from an experience, they need to be aware of what needs to be developed, be able to extract insights from the experience, and translate those insights into new attitudes or behaviors as a result of the experience.
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Educators Need Grit Too!

Educators Need Grit Too! | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
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As we think about tackling change and making our schools better, it's essential to recognize that perseverance and passion are important qualities not just for students but also for educators. Principals and teachers need to work together to create a culture that nurtures grit as an integral part of the formula for student and teacher success. When we do, we send a powerful message of possibility to everyone in the school.
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As we think about tackling change and making our schools better, it's essential to recognize that perseverance and passion are important qualities not just for students but also for educators. Principals and teachers need to work together to create a culture that nurtures grit as an integral part of the formula for student and teacher success. When we do, we send a powerful message of possibility to everyone in the school.
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Venting Doesn't Extinguish Anger, It Feeds It

Venting Doesn't Extinguish Anger, It Feeds It | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
It was a blast to join Jon Harper recently as a guest on his terrific podcast, My Bad . Of course, the show is all about owning
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venting actually isn't helpful. In fact, it can cause more angry, aggressive behaviors.
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Learn-gevity: Enhancing your ability to learn, perform and succeed over time

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong learning attempt to acquire it.” ~ Albert Einstein Lifelong learning has long been understood to be a critical success factor. But today, it’s taken on even greater importance.
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Remaining current and competitive today (and into the future) demands more than a casual interest or even a passionate commitment to learning throughout life. It demands new mindsets, habits, and ways of interacting with the world around us.
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The Trust Factor

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In schools, the safety and performance of our students is what we value most. In a culture of trust, the principal and teachers trust one another to maintain that focus. This does not happen by accident, but rather by implementing a thoughtful plan—one that is embraced by everyone. This culture of trust and collaboration becomes the foundation from which everyone can grow.
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Is Your School Better Because You Lead It?

Is Your School Better Because You Lead It? | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
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Are your students in a better position to succeed because you steer the ship? Will your teachers experience exponential professional growth because you lead them?
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Don't leave your integrity to chance

Don't leave your integrity to chance | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
How well do you personally model integrity in your day-to-day interactions? People are always watching us, appraising whether we keep our promises and “do what we say we will do.” Colleagues watch us. Neighbors watch us. Family members watch us. Even strangers watch us! If we live with integrity, then those watchers see that we "do what we say we will do." They learn they can trust our word because we back it up with aligned actions.
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Our integrity is fragile. It’s only as good as every kept promise. Do what you say you will do, every day -- with colleagues, neighbors, family, and strangers.
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Here's who is stalling your culture efforts

Here's who is stalling your culture efforts | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Workplace culture efforts are often directed toward lower-level employees and those on the frontlines with customers, but midlevel managers are usually the ones who hold culture change back.
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Middle managers can either be positive culture role models and coaches for their people by showing them which attitudes and behaviors are on-brand and communicating why they and what they do matters, or they can sabotage organizational cultures by acting inconsistently with the company's core values and withholding the information and support employees need to get aligned and engaged.
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How being wrong can help us get it right

How being wrong can help us get it right | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
How being wrong can help us get it right
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“Failure tends to push us into a stress response,” she says, and that promptly leads to denial, finger-pointing, self-flagellation, cover-ups or “any number of dysfunctional reactions that limit our ability to learn”. That means that the first step after discovering some major screw-up is to take a deep breath and try to calm down.
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To empower students with effective writing skills, handwriting matters

To empower students with effective writing skills, handwriting matters | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Writing is a fundamental outcome indicator of learning across subjects and grades. The latest NAPLAN results tell us we need to do more to empower children with these skills.
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Research suggests this may be related to the difficulties students exhibit in writing in the primary school years.
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Responding to reservations about meta-analyses: Part 3

Final in a three part series, on responding to reservations about meta-analyses, John Bush addresses two final concerns.
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The meta-analyses work really is purely about identifying OVERALL what research points to as having a higher impact. Rather than having a mess of practices that are experiential it is about having some research backing for practices. 
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Great leaders focus on one important thing

From small shops to giant corporations, we know that great leaders everywhere are on top of any number of important facts and figures, deadlines and other business information. They have the knowledge, the expertise and the drive to succeed -- often in very different ways. The best leaders, however, all share a common trait: they prioritize relationships.
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Results come from great teams, and great teams start with a strong coalition. If you know relationships could be your key to getting ahead, but you’re struggling to get it right, read below to learn how coalition building can help you succeed in any workplace.
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Active Listening

Active Listening | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Some of the most successful people in the world use active listening to avoid problems and develop meaningful relationships. Read this to learn mor
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To be an active listener, we must try to go beyond the words and form a rich picture of the other person’s emotions and intentions.
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Dinham on effective professional learning

Dinham on effective professional learning | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Professor Dinham says that the best professional learning takes place when people work together to address a common goal or issue.
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Professor Dinham says that the best professional learning takes place when people work together to address a common goal or issue. Exactly how we work!
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Professor Dinham says that the best professional learning takes place when people work together to address a common goal or issue. Exactly how we work!
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Unleashing talent through shared responsibility

Unleashing talent through shared responsibility | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it

‘We ... entrust and empower people to take on and drive improvement in teaching and learning.’ See how adopting a distributed leadership model can help drive innovation.

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Andrews, who joined the Anglican P-12 school two years ago, says the distributed leadership model can help develop organisational trust. 'It's a cascade effect, if you like. We [have] the headmaster entrusting myself and my colleague and then we in turn ... entrust and empower people to take on and drive improvement in teaching and learning.
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Leaders who listen create space for great ideas to emerge

For many years, I worked with a highly effective (and very respected) leader named Jack, who at the time was a senior executive at a large insurance company. After working together on a few corporate projects, Jack asked me to lead a three-day strategic planning session for his team. About two hours into the first day of our meeting, I noticed something unusual: Jack had contributed very little to the discussion. Aside from opening remarks and the occasional clarifying statement, Jack sat leaning back in his chair, quietly observing.
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The best way to learn something is to shut up and listen
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How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict

How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Be curious and respectful.
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Don’t ignore the tough situations you are aware of today. When the opportunity presents itself to provide unsolicited negative feedback to a difficult colleague or give a less-than-positive performance evaluation, summon the courage to address the conflict head-on.
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Learning to Listen

Learning to Listen | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
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Listening is at the heart of school transformation. It's the one skill that allows leaders to connect across racial, cultural, gender, and socioeconomic differences; to gather rich data on the front lines of change; to build staff capacity through reflective questions; and to drive reform through the power of relationships. This simple shift in approach—from telling to asking, from expert to learning leader, from hero to host of meaningful dialogue—can help leaders close the gap between their vision and their day-to-day actions.
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Listening is at the heart of school transformation. It's the one skill that allows leaders to connect across racial, cultural, gender, and socioeconomic differences; to gather rich data on the front lines of change; to build staff capacity through reflective questions; and to drive reform through the power of relationships. This simple shift in approach—from telling to asking, from expert to learning leader, from hero to host of meaningful dialogue—can help leaders close the gap between their vision and their day-to-day actions.
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5 Ways Teacher Leaders Use Storytelling

5 Ways Teacher Leaders Use Storytelling | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
teachers are leaders because they’re at the center of the humanity within the work; living in and yet simultaneously crafting the story of the school, the narrative of the culture, and this is absolutely essential because the reality is this: a story entertains; it engages; it endears us to others; it enrages; but most importantly, it EMPOWERS. Without the story, we’re left with blank slates.
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teachers are leaders because they’re at the center of the humanity within the work; living in and yet simultaneously crafting the story of the school, the narrative of the culture, and this is absolutely essential because the reality is this: a story entertains; it engages; it endears us to others; it enrages; but most importantly, it EMPOWERS. Without the story, we’re left with blank slates.
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6 ways to foster leadership in your team

6 ways to foster leadership in your team | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts … it is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” ~ Chris Hadfield
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Here are six jobs great leaders do every day in the pursuit of top-performing players.
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How Values-Based Leadership Transforms Organizational Cultures

How Values-Based Leadership Transforms Organizational Cultures | Creating a Staff Performance Culture | Scoop.it
Navigating organizational change requires a different kind of leadership. Values-based leadership is a core fundamental aspect for communicating a powerful change vision and engaging the team in the entire effort.
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An organization's values should be the bedrock of why the company exists, how it makes decisions and its true purpose. They must be authentic and relatively specific so they actually resonate with the team.
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