An eye-opening 2022 Gallup poll shows that a majority (55%) of American parents are “somewhat to completely dissatisfied” with the schools their children attend. Meanwhile, a 2022 CDC survey of 7,705 high school students found that 44% of them described persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness with 9% admitting to having made an attempt at suicide. After 45 years of teaching kids and leading schools, Malcolm Gauld offers a blunt explanation of how we got here: “We care more about what they can do than about who they are, and they know it.”
The solution lies in a reordering of priorities where our schools come to value attitude over aptitude, effort over ability, and character over talent. This book offers a blueprint for how to do that. The first step in enacting this shift calls upon school leaders to look deeply and honestly at the quality of the cultures in their schools. The author pointedly observes, “Every school has a culture. Is yours by design or default?”
After a thorough exploration of the nature of culture, the author introduces and describes a dynamic school culture improvement program called the Discovery Process, explaining how it has been implemented in both public and private schools. The program, aligned with national social and emotional learning (SEL) standards, is presented as a concrete approach to Culture by Design.
Malcolm Gauld has spent nearly a half-century as a teacher, coach, and administrator. An author and speaker on topics ranging from parenting to college readiness, he is recognized nationally as both passionate about and expert on character education.
Part 1: Culture
Chapter 1. Culture FirstChapter 2. Building Good Culture - 3 ComponentsPart 2: Discovery
Chapter 3. The Discovery Process - An OverviewChapter 4. The Discovery Process a la The Bus Driver Analogy
Chapter 5. The 25 ModulesChapter 6. FAQsPart 3: Character
Chapter 7. So, what is Character?BibliographyAcknowledgmentsAuthor Bio
"If you’re seeking to improve or strengthen the climate and culture of your school, then Culture by Design: The Discovery Process as a New Way for Schools is a great resource. Culture by Design is not just a book, but an in-depth and detailed guide. Malcolm Gauld provides a blueprint (25 modules) that will assist and support schools in this most necessary endeavor. If we want and expect all students to be academically successful, then we need to make the climate and culture of our schools “the” priority and Culture by Design does just that. This is a book that values attitude over aptitude, effort over ability, and character over talent. It is an invaluable resource."
"Malcolm Gauld has recognized the need to focus on the transformation of school culture as a necessary step to optimally nurture human goodness. Fortunately he has decades of experience at the Hyde School, a model for such an approach to education, and he has the wisdom to distill and bottle its essence and the work of others inspired by Hyde. In this book he makes his point, introduces his delivery system for helping others follow the same path to excellence, and articulates an enlightened and challenging way to re-think education in general and for character in particular…the Discovery Process."
“Malcolm lays it out when he states quite simply – ‘Let us value attitude over aptitude, effort over ability, and character over talent’. He and I have worked alongside each other for years as both fellow heads of school and committed educators. I saw firsthand, and in some cases up close and personally, his focus on getting to the root of education by addressing culture first in our schools. His message is clear, and this book is by a beacon leading the reader forward as well as a toolkit to aid in getting the job done. One can hear Malcolm’s voice as you read. And as would be his style, you can also hear his wonderful sense of humor.
This carefully annotated and considered book should be on every head of school’s desk. Most importantly, it shouldn’t just sit there. It should be an energizing force for school improvement. Malcolm is showing us the path forward.”
This is the very rare book that combines rigorous theory with real-world practices—refined to the simplicity beyond complexity from decades of use by master practitioners working with countless teachers, coaches, school leaders, students, and parents. Culture by Design provides the perfect vision of WHAT culture is and WHY it matters, with concise, flexible, practitioner-friendly materials showing HOW to engage students in meaningful, transformational, real-world practice. More than knowledge about character and culture, this resource helps deliver an experience of character and culture. It provides everything you need to create the best possible version of your school, which is the foundation for your students unlocking the best possible version of themselves. If your school wants to be (even more) intentional and reflective about culture and character, courage and conscience, confidence and connectedness, everything you want and need can be found in Culture by Design!
9/19/2023, Maine 207 (Portland NBC affiliate): Longtime Maine Educator, Malcolm Gauld, shared insights on school Culture.
Link: Longtime Maine Educator, Malcolm Gauld, Shares Insights on School Culture on Maine 207, an affiliate of NBC (einpresswire.com)