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Peer Culture

Teachers want to work with colleagues who share their priorities and who can provide examples of exemplary teaching. In this Insight survey domain, teachers share their perceptions of colleagues within the school.


Based on our extensive experience, TNTP recommends the following as evidence-based practices for this domain:

  • Promote a supportive, inclusive school environment and a common vision of effective teaching in your school.
  • Make great teaching visible.
  • Support high-quality teacher collaboration.
  • Set the expectation that meetings be solutions-oriented.
  • Address ineffective teaching in your school.


Resource Description
Highlight Exemplar Practices Sample Email A sample email update to teachers to show how school leaders can communicate positive messages, share praise, and reinforce strong teaching
The Management Center: Culture Resources Resources for articulating core values and setting expectations for new hires to contribute toward a positive culture
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath A research-based guide to creating lasting culture change
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni An exploration of five common group dysfunctions and how to overcome them
Coaching Conversations: Transforming Your School One Conversation at a Time by Linda M. Gross Cheliotes and Marceta F. Reilly A book on utilizing coaching conversations with teachers to increase trust and positive interactions

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