Happy Teachers Make for Happy Kids: Fostering a Positive and Growth-Focused Faculty Culture

Status: RECORDED on SEP 26, 2012

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

ISM research has shown that a positive, professional growth focused faculty culture is one of the primary predictors of student satisfaction, performance, and enthusiasm. Schools left unchecked will eventually become adult-centered organizations by nature of the fact that adults stay while students leave, and that adults hold the majority of the power. A constant effort must be made to ensure that decisions are student-centered and that all actions taken are of benefit to students.

However, schools often make the mistake of sacrificing their faculty members in the name of student-centeredness, which ultimately is bad for kids. An academic leader’s primary responsibility is to expand the capacity of the adults in the community to deliver the mission. In a negative faculty culture, the best teachers often leave (or stay and become toxic), mediocrity is the norm, and poor teachers are protected. In a positive faculty culture, good teachers become great, poor or toxic teachers leave, and extraordinary teachers thrive. In this Webinar, learn how to support your teachers so that they are motivated and energized to deliver the mission to your students with enthusiasm and excellence.

This Webinar is designed for Heads, academic administrators, and Department Chairs.

You'll cover these topics and more:

  • Increasing faculty satisfaction with predictability and support
  • Empowering your faculty to be leaders
  • Motivating faculty
  • Measuring your faculty culture
  • Implementing an effective evaluation system
  • Facilitating a collaborative environment
  • Promoting an ongoing professional learning culture
  • Supporting faculty through changes

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

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Barbara Beachley

ISM Director of Advisory Services | Consultant


Barbara provides her expertise in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation, academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practices, and data analysis.

Current Role

As Director of ISM Advisory Services, Barbara:

  • Oversees ISM’s Consulting, Publications, Research, and Professional Development divisions
  • Consults in strategic academic planning and school leadership
  • Writes for ISM’s publications, including Ideas & Perspectives
  • Facilitates some of ISM's scheduling workshops, empowering teachers to transition to and teach effectively in longer periods
  • Leads courses at ISM’s Summer Institute, including Transformative Academic Leadership: Inspire and Empower Excellence and Administration and Faculty Evaluation: Maximize Your Team's Capacity
  • Speaks at educational conferences, including CASE-NAIS, EMA, and AISAP
  • Facilitates Board and school leadership retreats

Prior Experience

Barbara joined ISM in 2011 after working in the field of education since 1996. She served as an ESL and adult literacy teacher at Boston University, MA; an upper school modern language teacher at the MacDuffie School, MA; and a language teacher and lead advisor at Collegiate School, VA. She also served as Academic Dean at Cape Henry Collegiate School, VA, where she oversaw curriculum and professional growth in grades PK−12.

While enrolled at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, she attended a year of high school in France through School Year Abroad. She later lived in Spain and Brazil, where she learned Spanish and Portuguese.


Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Trinity College, CT; a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Boston University, MA; a master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard University, MA; and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.

Personal Mission Statement

To cherish my work and to support and empower educators such that they cherish theirs.

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