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with those I will have a close work relationship within the school, so that I can establish and develop them. These individuals will be essential to my work since I will be communicating, collaborating, and developing resources or materials with them for students. Through this plan ofaction, I feel that I will be able to understand how to examine and enter a new school in the best possible way to ensure a close and productive work relationship with my school. Discovering School CultureThe second plan of action is understanding and discovering the school’s culture through observation and speaking to staff for more information on the school’s culture. School culture has a major impact on student academic success. School culture is defined as “the beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors which characterize a school...shared experiences both in school and out of school (traditions and celebrations) that create a sense of community, family, and team membership” (Wagner, 2006, p. 1). Through observations, I can see the routines and patterns of behavior instilled in the school. Through observation I can see what are the norms, accepted
ACTION PLAN4behaviors, and traditions of the school. One of the characteristics of a positive school culture involves healthy student-staff relationships, as well as staff-to-staff relationships (Jerald, 2006). In my plan of action, I would observe the interactions between staff and students, as well as staff-to-staff interactions. I would observe teachers during breaks, before school, and after school to take note on the interactions. The purpose is to establish the norms of interaction between the two types of relationships so that I can contribute to these relationships by creating my own relationships and strengthening existing relationships. In addition to my observations, I would speak to fellow staff members for information on the type of events, activities, opportunities the school has in place that build and promote a healthy school culture. School culture includes cultural events, shared common goal and purpose, and recognition of student success within the school (Peterson and Deal, 1998, p. 29). To help me understand what celebrations, rituals, and traditions the school has, I would ask what cultural or community events the school holds. I would also ask the staff what strategies they have in place to promote student success and accomplishments to increase student morale. With my plan of action, I would focus on examining the relationships among the school population and activities within the school to understand the school culture. Developing Collaborative RelationshipsSince the first step to my action plan involves initial contact with potential colleagues at the school, the development of collaborative relationships should progress due to my continual efforts involving knowing their communication preferences and priorities. The first part of my action plan is to understand my communication style so that I am able to effectively communicate with teachers, assistants, and any one else I may interact within the school system.