When I visited KIPP Academy in NYC they said that they have had a faculty meeting at the start of the year to sit in the park in the middle of the housing projects to remind everyone where their students come from.
Thanks Chris. I've thought a lot about culture of a school. We spend a ton of time on so many things that build teaching practices, but we need to take time to reflect on what kind of culture we are creating in our schools for our students. Is it punch in punch out place where we simply coexist? Is it a community? Professional development can enhance our school culture by harnessing every faculty member's unique strengths to make our schools dynamic.