Creating a culture is quite an undertaking acknowledging the organic nature of lasting reform. Fullan and Hargreaves believes lasting reform comes from examining
the teacher's purpose, the teacher as a person, the real world context in which teachers work, and the culture of teaching: the working relationships that teachers have with their colleagues
Lots of what was discussed about the teacher's purpose and the teacher as a person reinforced what I've read and thought about before. I had thought of the teaching context as a cycle, but never an ecological one, particularly in the way that "organism" interacts with its environment. That was a new idea for me and one that fits the experience that I've had in working in reform projects.
All of these three points taken together then calls for birthing a new culture within a school. Culture building is a very different idea from the typical staff development perspective. Even if only this one small idea could be the transformational funnel, it would/could/should help translate the essence of how change can come from within the expertise of teachers, for the benefit of their student's learning while conforming to the constraints of the external environment (district requirements, state standards and testing).