How empowering influential kids can change school culture for the better
Want to change your school's culture? Start with the right students. A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals some important clues on how to change a school's mores. The gist of the findings? To change school norms, the most well-connected students have to lead the way. Scholars Elizabeth Paluck, Hana Shepherd and Peter Aronow, who conducted the yearlong project in 56 New Jersey middle schools during the 2012-2013 academic year, sought to discover the impact of student-led anti-conflict programs on kids' behavior.
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