Transforming School Cultures

  • Elizabeth J. MeyerEmail author
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 10)


The final chapter of this book offers tangible suggestions for ways that readers can positively transform the culture of their school to reduce the harms and increase the positive impacts mentioned in  Chapter 6. The chapter is divided into sections that speak specifically to the following groups of stakeholders: school administrators, teachers and school counselors, and community and family members. To assist each of these groups in undertaking the suggestions offered in the chapter, an extensive list of books, curricular materials, Websites, workshops, and other resources is included.


Sexual Orientation Lesson Plan School Climate School Community School Board 
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Additional Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of EducationConcordia UniversityMontrealCanada

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