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CULTURE 1 Education Pioneers/ExED – Culture Terrance McKnight Teachers College – Columbia University November 23, 2010
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CULTURE 2 Education Pioneers/ExED – Culture Note: Education Pioneers (EdP) hired the author to work an educational consulting internship for its partner, Excellent Education Development (ExED), an organization that provides backoffice support for urban charter schools in Southern California. The internship consisted of working at ExED daily; however, several days were spent with the staff and other employees of EdP in professional development workshops. Thus, the author will touch on both organizations in this paper, as his time was split between the two entities. Culture could be described using the cliché “elephant-in-the-room” phrase; something that is always present, but is oft unseen, or at the very least, unnoticed. Culture affects every aspect of an organization. It guides employee behavior, and shapes what the organization stands for. Culture is usually so ingrained within the practice and beliefs of an organization that it is unchangeable without drastic, transformative action and leadership. Culture normally has historical undertones, as it takes years for an organization to develop a strong one; in addition, the foundation for a culture is usually set by the founder of the organization. Schein (1990) described three levels of culture – artifacts, espoused values, and basic underlying assumptions. Artifacts are the most salient features of culture; this is because these are the visible representations of culture, which could include objects, structure, visible processes, or other items that could be seen and/or touched. At Education Pioneers, the quote “Talent to Transform”
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