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However, we did not wish to create a lofty mission statement where goals are difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. Rather, we wanted a mission that was specifically directed toward learning and developing accountability on what our school needed to improve. As a result, we established the following statement: mission statement
The vision gives a picture of a school in three to five years. The values are guidelines for the way we collaborate to accomplish this vision. The goals provide the continuous steps that will move forward. The vision statement we jointly created is:
We all know it is essential to keep the momentum going on this process. Too many times, mission and vision statements are designed, and the continuous improvement goals die out. To be successful, all the staff has to buy in to the values set and convey their support to the students and parents.
During this first session, we created an effective template to be used with the DeFour Professional Learning Community. Now the real hard begins-inquiry, assessment, improvement and more inquiry and assessment. We will work as a team to ensure the school and its students reach higher levels of performance.[continue]
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