A couple weeks ago I was visiting Oregon GEAR UP schools and I was reminded of how important the principal's vision is in setting the direction for their school. Often a vision is thought of as just words on paper, but a vision is a dynamic roadmap for strengthening a school. I often refer to it as a compass. A compass provides direction but can also help you to get back on track when events pull you away from your vision. A compass is always on target, pointing toward "true" north.
Here are four of my favorite resources on the importance of the principal's vision and how a principal can work with their faculty and community to create a shared vision.
- Southwest Educational Development Lab (SEDL) on the importance of vision.
- Maryland Department of Education’s website on the importance of vision. Read the material on the “Principal’s Role in Creating a Vision.” You may find the two exercises on identifying core beliefs and creating a shared vision useful as you develop your vision for your school.
- Marzano Center - Setting the Direction for a School-Wide Vision
- Association for Middle Level Education - Read an article that discusses Peter Senge's discussion of learning communities and building shared vision.