I have the great pleasure of working in a school district that challenges me to grow professionally each and every day. As I was eating Christmas cookies and discussing holiday plans at school the day before heading off to break, I received an email from my Superintendent. He had sent an email to all administrators in my school district assigning us the task of writing our own personal mission statement. He framed this task around the story of “A Christmas Carol” and asked us to think about a tough question:
If you were to leave your position in five years, what would you want to look back and say you accomplished?
My initial thought was, “Darn, my boss gave me homework over Christmas break!” Then I started to think of it as an opportunity to spend the next two weeks just thinking about and dreaming about how I would answer this question.
One night I came across a blog post from George Couros called “3 Questions to Guide Your Vision”. Within this post there was one sentence that struck a chord with me. George says that one of the things he feels “is important in a leadership position is that you build capacity and create an environment that eventually will not need you”. This statement got the ball rolling for me as I hammered down my plans for a mission statement.
Then I watched Kid President's newest video called “How to Change the World”! And I thought, “That’s it! Kid President is a genius! The world is changed by ordinary people!” And, I was ready to write my mission statement.
So, thank you George Couros and Kid President for inspiring me!
Here are my goals for my J.W. Reason story of 2018:
-We are connected globally-our school is connected with schools, businesses and individuals from around the globe who learn, create and innovate with us.
-Our environment breeds inspiration and innovation-We come to school each day to a place where children and adults are inspired to make the world a better place-find problems and work together to solve them. And by work together, I mean work with people from all over the world to solve these problems.
-Teachers are leaders-each teacher is in charge of his or her own professional development, teachers challenge each other’s thinking and learn and grow together. Teachers are free to make decisions that will be best for each student as an individual and help to set each child on their individual path to success.
-We educate children and entire families-We have a school in which parents have access to the services they need such as English language classes, assistance in finding health care and social services, and are provided opportunities to give back to the community by sharing their talents with others. School is a place where parents also learn the tools they need to build the foundational reading, writing and math skills to help their children be successful. Education does not start on the first day of kindergarten; our school will help provide educational opportunities for all children and families so that when our students walk through the door of their kindergarten classroom they will be more than ready to change the world!
-We are a place where everyone can BE AWESOME and change the world!
That’s my mission statement---what’s yours?
I hope my blog posts inspire risk taking and new ways of thinking. I hope to connect with other educators on our journey to always do what's best for children.