SOURCE: Solution Tree

Solution Tree, a professional development company

August 03, 2017 07:00 ET

Dr. Anthony Muhammad Reveals How Educators Can Eliminate a Toxic School Culture

BLOOMINGTON, IN--(Marketwired - August 03, 2017) - Solution Tree, an educational publisher and professional development provider, has announced the release of Transforming School Culture, 2nd edition, by Dr. Anthony Muhammad.

The latest edition, which updates 2009's best-selling Transforming School Culture, shares powerful, new insight into creating a positive working and learning environment. "A lot has changed since 2009, including the importance of school culture," explained Muhammad. "The challenges facing educators have become even more daunting, and the need for staff cohesion has become even more imperative."

This second edition has the following additions and revisions:

  • New insights into the four types of educators (Believers, Fundamentalists, Tweeners and Survivors)
  • An updated research base, including over thirty new references
  • Connections to ESSA and CCSS
  • Reflections on NCLB's impact on education
  • Further guidance on what it takes to be a transformational leader and how to redirect Fundamentalists through communication, trust, capacity and accountability
  • A new chapter of frequently asked questions in regard to school culture, leadership and the four types of educators

Muhammad hopes the resource will stimulate conversation, inspire educators to analyze the impact of their belief systems on their practices and understand how those practices impact students. "When students are nurtured in a culture where educators believe in their potential to do the extraordinary and work together to achieve this end, all students can be successful," said Muhammad.

Sharroky Hollie, executive director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning in California, gave high praise for the newest edition, stating, "The second time around is better than the first. Dr. Muhammad has done it again by reminding us in powerful, impactful ways that a positive school culture is where any type of school success starts."

Kent D. Peterson, a professor emeritus at University of Wisconsin–Madison, also raved about the title, explaining, "Anthony Muhammad has crafted a superb new edition of 'Transforming School Culture,' adding meaningful, relevant and insightful new examples, practical wisdom and important ideas...this is a book to be read and absorbed by any school leader desiring to shape strong, positive cultures."

The resource also includes an appendix that features specific details about the author's formal and informal observations of thirty-four schools across the United States and how the behavior of the schools' staff supported or hindered student achievement.

Transforming School Culture, 2nd edition is now available to order at

About the Author

Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is a much sought-after educational consultant. A practitioner for nearly twenty years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal and as a high school principal. His Transforming School Culture approach explores the root causes of staff resistance to change.

About Solution Tree

For nearly 20 years, Solution Tree has worked to transform education worldwide, empowering educators to raise student achievement. Every year we help teachers and administrators confront essential challenges, with more than 30,000 educators attending our events and more than 3,000 on-site professional development days in schools. Solution Tree has a catalog of over 400 books, videos and online courses and is the creator of Global PD, an online tool that facilitates the work of professional learning communities.

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