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Transforming School Culture

Piperato, David F
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Paper presented at “Dreaming of a New Reality,” the Third International Conference on Conferencing,
Circles and other Restorative Practices, August 8-10, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

David Piperato and Joseph Roy are high school principals in Pennsylvania. Based on their experiences and their observations of current trends, they foresee the prospect that education in the twenty-first century will be increasingly characterized by fractured relationships and even more alienated students. The cultures of many schools, state Piperato and Roy, are unable to reverse these trends. What is needed is collaboration within schools and beyond schools to meet the needs of students. Toward this end, Piperato and Roy identify the core values of a collaborative school culture. This leads to discussion of the three Rs of collaborative cultures: restorative relationships, relevance, and responsibility.


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