Perspectives Charter Schools: Rodney D. Joslin Campus
Can physical structure promote learning culture? When Perspectives Charter Schools co-founders Kimberlie Day and Diana Shulla-Cose decided they did not want to place a metal detector in their 365-student flagship school in Chicago, that was the argument they had to make to skeptical neighbors.
At Perspectives, the question of school culture and climate is not a side note—it's at the core of the school's mission.
"Even if you don't build it, a culture will be established. And if it's not deliberate, it's not as productive as students need it to be," says Day. Students and all staff members are trained in "A Disciplined Life," a set of 26 principles laid out by school founders and associated with productive lives, divided into self-perception (for instance: "Seek wisdom"), communication ("Solve conflicts peacefully"),...
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