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The Staffroom Podcast S1E15: School Vision & Mission Statements

The Staffroom Podcast with Chey and Pav Season 1 Episode 15: School Vision & Mission Statements

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In Episode 15 of the Staffroom, Chey and Pav discuss all the things that influence the development of a great School Vision and Mission Statement, and how it can be implemented effectively with all the parties involved. The team decided to talk about Vision and Mission Statements to stem off of their discussion about building school and classroom culture in the previous episode. The real question for them in this episode is, “How do we effectively build Vision and Mission statements?”

Pav talks about how they have been discussing and building up to this big topic of school vision and mission statements, because it encompasses so many different areas of the school culture. Today, they want to discuss how to involve all aspects of the school community to be able to do that. How do we actually include all the different stakeholders to be able to develop a good school vision and mission?

Chey goes on to say the clearer the vision, the better the mission. We want to be very specific, and not vague or ambiguous. The vision and mission must be as detail oriented as possible.

In the classroom, teachers only get one year to develop a good vision and mission statement, and then the students are gone to the next grade. With regards to the school, there are granted the benefit of a little more time to be able to establish a very comprehensive vision and mission statement.

In order to get full buy-in to a school vision, ideally we would want plenty of teacher voice, but we need to be following a particular directive from admin. It’s very important that administrators go into their schools with the understanding that they will need to establish their own vision very clearly to their staff, and each year they are there, try to build upon that vision. Teachers should have their voices heard as well, but this is the opportunity for the administrators really be able to set their directive clearly to the staff.

How do we actually include all the different stakeholders to be able to develop a good school vision and mission?

Administrators have to be able to receive input from their staff in many different ways. Some teachers will be quieter and not as vocal with their input, and won’t speak up very loudly in open forums like staff meetings. Fireside chats work very well to combat this. Students should also be able to provide their input as well, as well as the parent community. It’s incredibly important to be able to incorporate the entire population in developing school vision and mission.

It can be very challenging to be able to take every piece of input from all the different stakeholders and roll it back into one comprehensive vision statement, but ultimately, this is what is required in order to be able to build a vision that everyone will be able to participate openly and willingly in.

For their 3 Enlightened Minutes Segment, Chey and Pav feature Megan Richardson and Deanna Rice of Toledo, Ohio, as they discuss a great trip for the Young Men and Young Women of Excellence Organization of Toledo. They talk about a trip they have organized for students to go to Guatemala to help in an impoverished area, and also to gain insight about the culture and country they are visiting.

The pair finishes with giving some real life stories from their teaching careers, where they had very clear school visions and mission statements, and what that meant for school culture.

“Remember to Inspire, don’t Require, and always be a Humble Servant.”


Contact info for 3 Enlightened Minutes Guests:

Deanna Rice: @Chem_Warrior

 

Chey and Pav, two experienced middle school teachers from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, take listeners through the in’s and out’s of the field of Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Through their anecdotal, yet often comedic banter, laced with caring insightfulness, they take their audience into a conversation that is surely eye-opening and entertaining, while tackling some of the real, and ever-changing issues that exist in Education. Come join Chey and Pav; partake in the Staff Room chatter that all teachers and educators can connect with.

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