LiFT provides your school the premier training experience. With specialized workshops for all school staff, our consultants will empower educators with the knowledge and motivation to create a more positive, productive, and successful classroom and school culture – producing lasting transformative results.
Culture Principles: Educator Applied
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Culture Principle 1: Raise Expectations
Expect much to achieve much
The research is clear, when teachers hold students to high expectations, they’ll likely raise their own. They can do it, and when teachers truly believe they can, challenging and treating all as they have the potential to become, a teacher’s expectation of each student will quickly become their own expectation of themselves. Additional concepts include:
- The Pygmalion Effect: Rosenthal and Jacobson
- Growth Mindset: Dr. Carol Dweck
- Academic and Behavioral Expectations
- Goals, Standards, and Procedures
- Direct application of LiFT’s Culture Grid (See Strengthen Relationships)
Culture Principle 2: Strengthen Relationships
Invest in a bond that lifts all higher
Relationships provide the necessary drive to LiFT individuals up to those high expectations. Without that bond, expectations become a burden under which they could easily collapse. The cords that permit a teacher to guide students are only as strong as their relationship. So, with strategic, consistent effort, relationships will strengthen, thus empowering all to follow a leader up the path of success. Additional concepts include:
- The Relationship Cord
- The Relationship Spectrum
- Quadruple P Interactions
- The Heliotropic Effect of the Positive: Kim Cameron
- Continued application of LiFT’s Culture Grid (See Raise Expectations)
Culture Principle 3: Motivate from Within
Lasting strength is built from within
Sadly, the societal assumption is that the best way to get a student to do something is to threaten them with a punishment or bribe them with a reward. Extensive research confirming the opposite to be true, thankfully teachers now have transformative information to ditch the negative effects of extrinsic carrots and sticks and replace them with powerful, 21st century tools that motivate from within. Additional concepts include:
- Research Review: Edward Deci, Mark Lepper, Alfie Kohn, Daniel Pink, and more
- The Why’s of Extrinsic Motivation’s Failure
- Autonomy: The Desire to Be Self-Directed
- Mastery: The Desire to Develop Better Skills
- Purpose: The Desire to Do Something That Has Lasting Meaning
Culture Principle 4: Reinforce the Positive
Shape behavior with a focus on the good
Social science has confirmed that behavior, whether desired or not, will repeat when reinforced. This means that a teacher’s coercive attempts to redirect bad behavior is achieving precisely the opposite of its intended aim. Luckily, science has also found that behavior more willingly follows the positive, meaning when teachers attend to desired behavior, that good will increase while the bad will be lost to prevention. Additional concepts include:
- The Role of Expectations in Shaping Behavior
- The Damaging Effects of Coercion
- Ignoring Inconsequential Misbehavior
- Recognizing Desired Behavior
- Effectively Addressing Consequential Misbehavior
Empowered!Creating a Classroom Culture of Success
Individual success is predicated on choice. As much as they may try, teachers cannot force growth with bribes, coercion, or wishful pleading. Yet, they can create an environment that inspires success, a culture that fosters creativity, risk taking, and unmatched effort. How? Together we’ll explore a summary of the four universal principles of creating a classroom culture of success, empowering teachers in turn to empower their students.
The Culture GridLiFTing Individuals to Greener Pastures
Truth be told, mediocre performance is largely a product of mediocre culture. But you don’t teach to be mediocre. You teach to inspire. You teach to empower. You teach to succeed and help students do likewise. So, let’s explore together two vital culture principles, Raise Expectations and Strengthen Relationships, and their synergistic effect when properly and consistently applied. You will leave armed with conceptual and practical skills that will produce an immediate impact.
Good for NothingThe Power of Intrinsic Motivation
As the old proverb goes, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” In this class we’ll learn together the power of ditching those extrinsic stinky fish and replacing them with fishing poles instead, with research-based, proven methods of intrinsic motivation that will transform your class culture, empowering students with an inner drive to succeed, and to be, well… “Good for Nothing!”
A Pound of PreventionBehavior Management without Managing Behavior
Poor student behavior crippling your class culture? Random punishments continuing to backfire? Tired of all the tension and drama? The truth is, reaction to such behaviors gets you and your students nowhere. Prevention, however, is where the party’s at. Dive deeper into LiFT’s three-pronged model of Reinforcing the Positive, learning and implementing proven methods to curb bad behavior and increase the good like never before.
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with the Ruby, Emerald, or Diamond package:
Start at the top! This special two-hour workshop empowers school and district leaders to empower individuals through ongoing implementation of the Culture Principles on a larger scale. Boards, administrators, and invited teacher leaders will learn the tools to apply LiFT’s principles and make a lasting impact.
Take your school’s culture to the next level with LiFT’s “Parent Night with the Pros,” a workshop training parents how to foster student success at school and at home through implementation of the Culture Principles. When schools and parents become unified in approach and purpose, individual and collective success will undoubtedly soar.
It takes 21 days to form a habit, right? Use LiFT’s Culture Cards to encourage long-term, habit-building application of the principles. Each card in the set focuses individuals on a single, specific action tied to one of the four Culture Principles, encouraging its application for 21 days, thus creating a habit and transforming your school’s culture.
Don’t forget to check out our speaking services for your students. Let’s triangulate your culture from staff to parent to student!
Partner with our skilled consultants in direct implementation of the Culture Principles personalized to your school’s needs. From Q&A to handbook revisions to direct observation and feedback reviews, invite LiFT to be an ongoing part of your team.
Empowered: A Teacher Tale of Classroom Culture Creation
This novel for teachers, a university-required text, is the perfect companion for any training package. Click here for more information.
Want results? Want to make a lasting impression? Invite a LiFT Consultant to speak at your next event, addressing any of the four classes you choose, and watch the magic happen. Quotes such as, “He blew me away” and “Hands down, best keynote ever!” are the norm, as evidenced by the 9.5/10 average participant feedback. LiFT Consultants will make that impression and ensure everyone leaves your conference empowered.Get a Quote
After a rousing keynote, your conference participants will be hungry for more. Choose any or all of LiFT’s remaining classes to be delivered as breakout workshops. The fun, interactive style of each class will deepen the experience to strengthen the effect your conference participants seek.
It takes 21 days to form a habit, right? Use LiFT’s Culture Cards to encourage long-term, habit-building application of the principles. Each card in the set focuses individuals on a single, specific action tied to one of the four Culture Principles, encouraging its application for 21 days, thus creating a habit and transforming culture one person at a time.
Is your conference considering a leadership summit? If so, let us LiFT you to the top with our culture training, tailored specifically to leaders.
Empowered: A Teacher Tale of Classroom Culture Creation
Specifically for education conferences, this novel for teachers, a university-required text, is the perfect companion to a keynote. Click here for more information.