It's a beautiful Sunday here in Tennessee and we are taking a few days of vacation before returning to New Hampshire. Let us start today's blog by thanking once more the volunteer readers of the qualitative data in Friday's workshop on 6 Core Strategies for Improving School Climate.
We talked about the importance of truly understanding the data gathered, in this case it was qualitative. In one of the school studies, we found that both teachers and students claimed lack of respect was the biggest issue in school culture. Upon investigation though, we found that adults and teens meant two very different things when they spoke of respect.
"You say tomato, I say tomato"…
On paper it looked like one and the same - just like the song lyrics… But truly the adults meant "lack of compliance" [to-meh-toe] while the teens meant "lack of choice" [to-mah-toe]…
Thankfully we didn't "just call the whole thing off" like the song suggests and the results were impressive in improving the school culture at that school.
Do you truly understand your student data on school culture? Could this be the week where you forge a plan to investigate?
Have a great Sunday -
PS The song lyrics do say, "for we need each other", three lines from the end… Sing it, Satchmo!