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April 24, 2018

Building A Shared Vision: A Critical Step in Leading Teachers

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord's new blog: tomdaccord.com.

Many principals and other school leaders believe it’s their duty to create a vision for their institution and to relay that vision to their staff.  Many work extremely hard to craft meaningful and engaging goals for their community. Yet without a collective vision, one that is created and shared by both administration and staff, school leaders are likely to have difficulty moving the faculty in the desired direction. When I taught High School I can remember sitting through a series of faculty meetings where our head of school led us through an examination and revision of our school's goals. For months we worked collectively to revise our mission statement. Throughout the process we discussed who we are and what we wanted to become. In doing so, we looked carefully at our students and our classrooms and we considered what we expected students to be able to do and the type of people we wanted them to become.  Most of these faculty meetings were in the evening and they ran over two hours long. I can remember many a time when I was eager to get out of that room. At other times I was simply frustrated with what appeared to be wrangling over a simple adjective or a turn of phrase.
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