"Probably the most important--and most difficult--job of an instructional leader is to change the prevailing culture of a school...A school's culture is a complex pattern of norms, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, values, ceremonies, traditions and myths that are deeply ingrained in the very core of the organization." - from "The Culture Builder" by Roland S. Barth
From that same article was this E.B. White quote:
"A person must have something to cling to. Without that we are as a pea vine sprawling of a trellis."
What I have been seeking-- something external to support the growth of our school and to use as a roadmap formyself--is a structure to cling to.