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Vision and Mission as tools to begin our Transformation
Virginia L. Cárdenas, Ed. D Lynn W. Fulton, Ed. D.
School Transformation Coaches
Shared, Transparent, & Inclusive!
Activity # 1: Vision Reflection
Understanding that schools ideally prepare students for an unseen but not altogether unpredictable future, the leader creates a climate of inquiry that challenges the school community to continually re-purpose itself by building on its core values and beliefs about its preferred future and then developing a pathway to reach it.
Activity # 2: Core Beliefs
Assign a note taker
Using a “round robin” order complete the table below regarding your school’s shared core beliefs
Your Core Beliefs should
DRIVE your Vision:
-Vision instills an organization with a sense of direction (DuFour and Eaker, 1998, p. 62).
-A shared vision is a shared image of what you desire your school to look like in the future” (Roberts and Pruit, 2003, p. 30).
Early 1900s: Democratize the automobile
To be the preferred and most trusted resource for the products and services that enhance home and family life.
To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self- fulfillment needs of women – globally.
All children are academically successful and prepared for a globally competitive work force.
MLK jr. video: - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVxaYz0SRMY
Talks about the organization's future
It lists where the organization sees itself some years from now. For employees, it gives direction about how they are expected to behave and inspires them to give their best. It shapes customers' understanding of why they should work with the organization.
Outlines where an organization wants to be. Communicates both the purpose and values of the organization
Whole Group Activity # 3: Sample Vision
VISION STATEMENT FOR KHS:
Our KHS learning community is passionate about educational success. All members of our learning community have responsibilities and share a collective commitment.
Using the table on activity #3, discussHOW the sample vision addresses the concepts of “time, function, and what the sample school is about”?
How will we address behavioral expectations?
“All decisions will benefit all involved stakeholders fairly and equitably.”
How can I get Billy engaged?
How do I address Ms. Smith’s continual tardies?
A clear vision serves as a filter for the daily decisions staff members must make.
How will we address test scores?
Activity # 4:
Clarifying your Vision
-A mission statement is a brief, succinct statement that explains the purpose for which a school exists (Roberts and Pruitt, 2003, p. 30).
-Mission establishes an organization’s purpose (DuFour and Eaker, 1998, p. 62).
-Qatar Education Foundation video:
What you Focus on EXPANDS!
What are we willing to do to get there???
A mission statement is the “how to” or action plan that helps a school achieve their vision. Plainly stated…
For these are ALL our children, we shall
profit from or pay for whatever they become.
Whole Group Activity # 5: Sample Mission
At Acorn School, we believe that student learning is the chief priority and all students can learn to their fullest potential. Students will develop their individual talents, critical thinking, and technology skills by being actively engaged in the learning process. Continuous commitment to improvement ensures that our students are well-rounded, self-directed, lifelong learners. By maintaining a safe and optimum learning environment, we provide the opportunity for students to be successful. Promoting high standards and expectations, teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share the responsibility for advancing the school's mission.
Using the table on activity #5, discuss as a team HOW the sample mission addresses the concepts of “time, function, and what the sample school is about”?
Activity # 6:
Clarifying your Mission
We have a great
Shared VISION and Mission…..
Core Beliefs Vision Mission
Plan of Action (or lack of…)
-Dr. Albert Einstein
How Coaching Works:
Virginia L. Cárdenas, Ed. D.Lynn W. Fulton, Ed. D.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
District and School Transformation
(919) 523-2492 (910) 617-1611