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K-12 Professionals

Transforming School Culture

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $499

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Presenter Anthony Muhammad sheds new light on understanding  the complicated and dynamic relationships among school professionals  in order to create a cohesive and positive culture. In this course, Muhammad identifies four general archetypes: The Believers,The Tweeners, The Survivors and The Fundamentalists. If not working harmoniously  these types taken as a group on your staff can be highly resistant to change and prone to interpersonal discord. This course will provide insight coupled with practical strategies for understanding and working with each type to dramatically  improve school culture.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • Why transforming school culture is essential to educational reform.
  • The characteristics of four groups of teachers and the impact of each group on school culture.
  • The role of school leaders (educators invested in school transformation) in creating the conditions that motivate people to change.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will apply the following skills:

  • Strategize to build on staff assets.
  • Reflect on his/her own contributions to the school’s culture.
  • Overcome resistance and lay the foundation for a powerful learning environment.
  • Develop a plan for transforming school culture.

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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