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History of the Center
All facilitators, trainers and founders of the Center (CISC) are educational practitioners involved in teaching, leading, and organizing schools to be better places to learn. We are practicing teachers, school administrators, university professors, and educational researchers dedicated to the philosophy of "people first, programs second." As Dr. Gary Phillips, founder and president of The National School Improvement Project states, "If people don't improve, programs never will."
Concerned that the contemporary school setting was becoming more focused on scores, programs and the sorting of students, we developed the CISC to assist schools and their stakeholders in developing and maintaining healthy organizational cultures.
An extensive review of the professional literature revealed a variety of research supporting the need for a rich school culture. Educational researchers including R. Cohen, T. Deal, H. Frieberg, A. Kohn, D. Levine, L. Lezotte, K. Peterson, P. Robbins, T. Sergiovanni, T. Sizer, et.al. provided us with a wealth of information regarding school culture. Author, researcher, and consultant, Dr. Gary Phillips, seemed to have his finger on the pulse of the contemporary school culture dilemma. Not only did he publish a book on the topic, The school-classroom culture audit (1993), but he also had proven methods for improving the culture of schools and improving student achievement.
While we have focused on Dr. Phillips work, we have also gathered a cadre of professional educators from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. We have come together to promote healthy school cultures by providing information, sharing resources, developing people-centered programs, and establishing a forum for
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