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Is Your Vision Understood?

posted Nov 18, 2016, 6:56 AM by Kris Szajner
Every educational program has a vision. They have a rally cry and a direction that they are traveling that will better the education that their clients are receiving. This vision is one that you want all of your employees to know and to follow. More often than not, I see that visions are not understood and the teachers do not have a clear direction that they are working towards.

What is happening is that the visions that are being presented are one of two things. They are either too big to be comprehendable, or they are simply disorganized. You can compile almost all of the unknown visions into these two categories. Both of these issues can be fixed and relatively easily.

My Vision is Too Big
This is a pretty simple solution, you need to size it down. I do not mean you need to size down where you want to go, but you need to boil down the steps and tracks so that it is more manageable for teachers. Removing some of the "extra" work that teachers may lump into this area will help them to keep a razor focus on where you actually want them to do. Also making a decision as to what is optional and what is required. This will help you to prioritize what elements you need to focus on and what items you don't.

My Vision is Disorganized
This step often comes after you have tried the steps above. You have paired down your ideas, simplified your language, and pointed teachers in a manageable and focused area to work through but you are still not seeing the change. This is where a top down effect is very powerful. Realigning all of the supporting staff around these items and ensuring that their focus areas reflect the directions that you want to travel is imperative. By ensuring that your front line is aligned will build a systematic change within your district. 

Words Of Advise
  • Be Clear
  • Be Concise
  • Be Consistent
  • Be Collaborative

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