Culture Hacks

Over the last several years I have been asked to share ideas we have used to positively impact school culture.  This page provides a list of some of the ideas we have implemented.  While I am by no means an expert in the field of organizational culture, my experiences indicate when ideas like these are utilized they will provide positive returns within an educational community. 


 Although I am sharing these ideas through the context of the educational setting, I believe many of these ideas are universal and could positively impact culture in a variety of settings.  In fact, a number of the ideas we have implemented originate outside the field of education.

This page serves as a personal journal so I can document and revisit these ideas as well as push myself to continue to implement new ideas.  Furthermore, this page serves as a resource for others to try out new ideas in their own settings.  My goal is to continue adding new ideas, so please remember to return in the future!

Complete List of Culture Hacks

Scroll down to browse all Culture Hacks by date and title.  Articles are listed in reverse chronological order with my newest ideas at the top and my oldest ideas at the bottom.


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December 18

December 12

December 1

November 17

November 11

November 5

October 30

October 27

October 22

October 15

October 11

October 1

September 29

September 14

September 5

September 2

August 20

August 10

August 2

July 25

July 21

July 7

June 18

June 10

June 2

June 1

May 31

May 24

May 22

May 14

May 6

April 28

April 27

April 20

April 18

April 15

April 13

April 10

April 5

April 2

April 1

March 27

March 25

March 21

March 17

March 14

March 12

March 11

March 9

March 3

February 28

February 27

February 21

February 12

February 2

January 15

January 5


December 29

December 21

December 17

December 2

November 19

November 10

November 6

October 30

October 23

October 16

Pay Your Support Staff


Data Driven Disconnect?


Top 10 School Culture Hacks


Chili & Cinnamon Rolls? Yes Please!

One Way to Make Birthdays Special

Writing Holiday Cards to Spouses

Assemble a Communications Team

Secret Santa Door Hangers

Holiday Poinsettia Deliveries

"Free" Vacation Time Giveaway

Don't Forget Food Service Staff!

Extreme Couponing

Communicate Excellence

Feeling Disconnected?

Commitment to Graduates

"State of the District" Breakfast

Don't Throw Away Leftovers!

First, Let Me Take a Selfie

Communicate Early & Often

Power of Postcard Praise

Chain of Command

Flower Power

All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

Looking to Liven Up the Office?

Ice Cream Pie Giveaway

Road Of Achieving Milestones

Reinforcing District Core Values

Summer Vacation Contest

County Fair

Donut Worry, Be Happy

It's Just Lunch

Students = Great Guest Speakers

Don't Forget Support Staff!

Rock Paper Scissors Posse

#TheTrojanWay Award

College Decision Day

YOU Get a Yeti! YOU Get a Yeti!

Knock, Knock "Room Service!"

Teacher Shortage? Grow Your Own

Keep it Simple, Stupid

Take Advantage of Appointments

National Day Calendar

Social Media Director

Do You Assume Positive Intent?

The School Intercom System

Laminating Machine

Winter Weather Letters

Awards Ceremonies

T-Shirts for Guest Visitors

Locally Roasted Coffee

90-Minute Staff Lunches

Popcorn Friday

College-Bound Wall

Food For Days...

Employee Referral Bonus

Celebrate Promotions

Birthday Emails

Wellness Partnership

Postcards to Alumni


New Staff Bios

Staff Appreciation Movie

Holiday Giveaway

Vacation Day Drawing

Press Clippings


All Staff Celebrations

Oversized Canvas Prints

Organizational Chart

Special Delivery

Birthday Postcards

Donut Giveaways

Chili Cook Off

Bring Your Dog To Work Day

Growth Mindset Painting

Senior Wall

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