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ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE NO. 1 ELCC Standard 1 Name of Intern Current Position: Part 1 - Identifying Data: Name / Title of Administrative Experience: ELCC Standard 1.4/Steward a Vision Number/Title of the ELCC Standard: Standard 1.4/Steward a Vision Date(s): February-April, 2012 Person(s) Involved; Name(s) and title(s): Tom Willison / Asst. Principal Part 2 - Descriptive Summary: Developing strong vision and mission statements can help stakeholders in your school reach a common understanding. Effectively communicating that vision will enhance the stewardship of the vision among all school stakeholders . A vision is your school's goal—where you hope to see it in the future. Often a school’s vision is partnered with a mission statement. The mission provides an overview of the steps planned to achieve that future. A vision must be concise and easy to recall, whereas a mission is lengthier and more explanatory. Schools may also want to establish targets along the way to measure progress toward its vision. The process that produced our school’s current vision statement according to Assistant Principal Tom Willison was the following 5 steps: Getting Ready Articulating Mission and Vision Assessing the Situation Developing Strategies, Goals, and Objectives Completing the Written Plan
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Getting Ready To make sure our school was ready to take on the task of an updated mission and vision statement, we first assessed if we were ready. To determine that we were ready to revise or update the school’s vision, we used data-based research to monitor, evaluate our current vision. Today, part of your research should be based on the financial situation of your school. With money being tight, goals stated in your vision statement need to be realistic. For the school to be ready, the school leaders must truly be committed to the effort and able to devote the necessary attention to the "big picture". Achievement data was used to develop the school’s existing vision. The best example of data that was reviewed was the data on scholarships, national honors, and college acceptance. According to Tom, the committees goal was to increase each of these categories and express that as our desire in our vision statement. The wording “encourage and reward educational achievement” was used to convey this message. Articulating Mission and Vision Mission statements are like an introductory paragraph: it lets the reader know where the writer is going, and it also shows that the writer knows where he or she is going. Likewise, a mission statement communicates the plans of the school to the stakeholders. A school’s ability to articulate its mission indicates its focus and purposefulness. The mission statement summarizes the what, how, and why of the school's work. Our vision statement presents an image of what success will look like. For example, the mission and vision statements of the
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