Strengthening Organizational Wings

Using Appreciative Inquiry to Achieve School Excellence

ABSTRACT

This article tells the story of a school for students from preschool through secondary school in a large urban district in California. Misunderstood by and at odds with district administration, the faculty felt discounted, fragmented and angry. A new principal found himself facing an accreditation visit and evaluation with no preparation. The appreciative initiative helped the faculty discover alignments, identify success stories, surface strengths and create shared capacity to move forward. This is a story of an amazing organizational transformation.

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Author: Dr. Vince Carbino

Dr Vince Carbino has held various school-based and district-level administrative positions in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has served for twenty years as a public school educator specializing in serving students from urban and diverse populations and is currently principal of City of Angels School.

E: vince.carbino@lausd.net

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