Friday, December 28, 2012

Classroom Learning Communities: Mission Statement

There is a quote that states, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Having a strong sense of purpose, vision and mission is researched to lead to increased student achievement and systems alignment. 

Developing a classroom mission statement is based on answering three pinnacle questions: Who are we? What are we here to do? How/Why are we going to do it?  This is done at each level in the district, starting at the district level through the individual student. Each mission statement aligns to the district mission statement, but is individualized to meet the differentiated needs of each school, class, and student. 

 Seeking stakeholder input during the development of the mission and vision of the school building and classroom is vital. Using quality tools to elicit feedback is an important part of the process. In addition, communication of the mission statement and basing decisions on the mission and vision of the district will ensure that the mission statement becomes the focus that drives improvement efforts. 

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