Developing a Mission Statement

The schools in my district have been assigned the task of composing a new mission statement for next year.  We have until the end of this school year to compose, edit and finalize it. 

This is something the team leaders on my campus have been discussing as we participate in our book study of Failure is Not an Option.  The mission statement we currently adhere to, “…providing a relevant learning experience for life” is a great little catch-phrase but it is not really a mission statement (at least according to the definition in the book).

According to Failure is Not an Option (and DuFour, 2002), an effective mission statement addresses four questions:

  1. If we expect students to learn, what is it we expect them to learn?
  2. How will they go about learning it?
  3. What will we do when they don’t?
  4. How will we engage students in their own learning?

 Failure is Not an Option also states that, “A mission statement should be created and published as a means of giving those involved with the organization a clear understanding of its purpose of existence.” 

So our goal is to include all of the teachers in the process of creating the mission statement for next year.  Team leaders are planning to work with their teams to develop some ideas and bring them to the team leader meeting so we can try to come up with one cohesive mission statement for the school.  It is going to take a bit of time and work, but I think it will be worth it in the end.

It would be great if we could also get some students and parents involved in the process… we will see how it goes.

I would love some ideas from all of you (the 4 readers I have).  😉  If you were creating a mission statement for your school, what are some essential components you would include?

Without your help, we might have to resort to Dilbert’s.  🙂

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