Kickboard Professional Services

Strategic Planning for Positive School Culture


Principal and Culture Leadership Team


Studies have shown that a large majority of U.S. school leaders understand school culture is adversely affecting academic success but they don’t know what steps to take to improve. During this session, a Kickboard coach will guide the team to collaboratively create a vision for schoolwide culture excellence based on their shared beliefs. The team will then develop explicit goals and an aligned strategic action plan to guide their work. The coach will also facilitate the team in planning specifics for creating a positive school culture which may include developing schoolwide behavior expectations, common area behavior matrices, and plans for stakeholder investment. This full day of planning considers where each school is on the journey and helps guide them forward.

Challenges Addressed

  • School leaders know they have a culture problem but don’t know how to fix it
  • High incidences of discipline affecting learning time
  • Absence of a shared vision of excellence related to culture
  • School improvement plans that are only academic in focus
  • Lack of clear school culture improvement goals
  • Individual acts of culture improvement without a system-wide effort or plan
  • Differing behavior expectations from classroom to classroom leading to student confusion or varied displays of behavior

Program Outcomes

  • Shared vision for culture excellence
  • Components to include in your strategic plan including SMART culture goals and a plan for progress monitoring
  • Group consensus on common behaviors to reinforce schoolwide
  • Schoolwide common behavior matrix for positive behaviors
  • Consistent behavior expectations
  • Plan for leadership team to invest the full staff in positive culture plans


Two 1-Hour Planning Meetings (Virtual) + 
Full-Day (6 hrs) in-person collaborative planning session

Kickboard has made a huge difference. We reduced disciplines by 44% in just 18 weeks. If I go to another campus and come back to ours, I can see and hear the difference. It’s so positive here and that’s changing the culture of our school. This not only improves students’ behavior but it improves their academic performance as well.