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Summer 2015

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Article 6 Intentional Practices To Improve Climate And Promote Success Jill Gildea Dr. Elizabeth Freeman Ms. Margaret VanDuch As leaders, our charge is to energize and rejuvenate our teachers and staff as they carry on their important and complex work within the learning environment. Our collective commitment must be to "feed the teachers" so that they can nourish our youth. We can positively impact and influence the climate of the organization through specific strategies and tactics that you can try today. Interviews with successful superintendents and highly successful school districts across the US yielded the following tips and tactics: 1. Vision. People perform best when they are passionate about the organization's vision for the future. Clearly identify vision for implementing a mission of service to students, employees and community within your school or district. This strategy crosses both corporate and non-profit environments. Ensuring that the vision, mission, purpose, and goals are coherent and Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system. - Sidney Hook, American philosopher and writer SUMMER 2015 | VOLUME 61 | NUMBER 2 | PAGE 37

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