Predictability and Supportiveness: The ISM School Culture Matrix

Ideas & Perspectives
Ideas & Perspectives

Volume Number
Volume 38 (2013)
Issue Number
8
The ISM Student Experience Study (SES) produced instrument outcomes that included the Student Culture Profile II and the Faculty Culture Profile II. While these two instruments—both statistically related to student performance, student satisfaction, and student enthusiasm—provided straightforward operational definitions for an optimal teaching/learning environment, they did not in themselves address the characteristics of school cultures that lack strength in “predictability,” in “supportiveness” (the paired critical ingredients in the optimal culture), or in both. This article addresses those characteristics. You, as School Head, Division Head, Department Chair, grade-level coordinator, or other position implying supervision of teachers, were introduced long ago to ISM’s seminal study of student performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm. Labeled the ISM International Model Schools Project (1989–95), that study identified “predictability and supportiveness” as the paired organizational-culture ingredients associated with enhancing the student experience. The original study’s findings were validated and refined by the recent ISM Student Experience Study.
A customized approach to advancing your unique mission.

Work with a trusted partner to create a mission-appropriate plan to help your school achieve its goals. Whether your school aims to increase cash reserves, boost enrollment levels, attain long-term stability, rely on experts to bring these goals and many others to life. Together we'll create and implement personalized, onsite recommendations for any area of your school's administration. Call us at 302-656-4944 or email us at consulting@isminc.com.

Email us

ism
ism