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Mission, Vision, Values, Goals

Mission,Vision, Values, Goals Missoula County Public Schools

Building a Foundation: The Four Pillars of a Professional Learning Community1DuFour article on missionClicker for power pointAttention getter (i.e. chimes)

3 minutes Introductions and school sites and review Norms for the day- Chart Norms

1Six Essential Characteristics of a PLCShared mission, vision, values/collective commitments, and goalsCollaborative teams focused on learningCollective inquiryAction orientation and experimentationCommitment to continuous improvementResults orientation2


The following descriptors are 6 essential characteristics of a Professional Learning Community. (Read 6 bullets) Over the next several weeks we will focus on one very important characteristichaving a shared mission, vision, values/collective commitments and goals. This lays the foundation for growing the work of a professional learning community.2Objectives & OutcomesTo understand how school culture plays a crucial role in the successful implementation of a PLC.To gain a deeper understanding of the four pillars of a Professional Learning Community:Mission, Vision, Values/Collective Commitments and GoalsTo discuss how to incorporate the four pillars in MCPS and at your school site. 3

30 minutes

Read first: We will learn how we can take steps to create a Professional Learning Community in our district and our schoolsone that truly believes that All Kids Can Learn.

Here are the objectives for this next segment of our work.- Read the slide3Common ScenarioOn the opening day of school Principal Greatintentions assembled the entire staff to share her enthusiasm for PLCs and her plans for bringing the concept to the school. She emphasized that she was committed to transforming the school into a PLC. The first step in the process was to develop a new mission statement that captured the new focus of the school. She presented the following draft to the staff and invited their reaction4

1 minute Read the notes before the slide -Common Scenario

We remember that PLC is not a program that one person can implement.

As you listen to the following scenario, think about how the principal presented the professional learning community to her staff

Read the slide4It is our mission to ensure all our students acquire the knowledge and skills essential to achieving their full potential and becoming productive citizens.5

Principal Greatintentions wrote this Mission Statement and presented it to her staff

30 sec. Read Slide

5After the principals presentationThe teachers and counselors challenged the mission statement. They argued..student learning is dependent upon students ability and effortensuring all students will learn places too much accountability on teachersthere is too much emphasis on academics and not enough on emotional well-being 6


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So after receiving this feedback, the principal agreed that the mission statement should be revised to include and address the various beliefs and concerns of the staff.6Revised Mission StatementIt is our mission to give each student the opportunity to learn according to his or her ability and to create a school that is attentive to the emotional needs of every student.730 seconds

So as a staff they came up with this new Mission Statement

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7After timePrincipal Greatintentions remained hopeful that the revised mission statement would inspire new effort and commitment from the staff. However, there was virtually no evidence that this new mission had impacted either teacher practice or student achievement. After months of trying to implement PLC at her school site her efforts were unsuccessful.Reflection- Turn to your elbow partner and discuss: Why do you think her efforts were not successful?What should she have done differently?

84 minutes including sharing

Read slideAllow time for elbow partners to discuss answers to two posed questions..

Invite participants to share out answers to both questions

All the things you have mentioned did play a role in how the staff reacted and why the principals efforts were unsuccessful.. We surely can learn from Principal Greatintentions.

During our next several sessions we will consider strategies that lay a strong PLC foundation by creating shared mission, vision, values/collective commitments and goals.

It is so important that we come together to share a common language and understanding of how to grow this process in our district and at our schools. This scenario confirms the idea that a PLC is not a program that can be simply implemented but is a collaborative effort and initiative that gets to the heart of our school culture and beliefs.

As we create a professional learning communities in MCPS, we must be ready to confront two critical questions regarding how we do business.8School CultureIf we think of school culture as involving, at least in part, how we do things around here, then we need to consider two key questions:How are things done in a professional learning community?What cultural shifts need to occur if our District and our schools are to become professional learning communities?9

2 minutesDuFour says. (Read first bulleted quote) If we think.

Two critical questions must be considered(Read questions)

As we learned from Principal Greatintentions there has to be a cultural shift that takes place which is more than just the word-smithing of a new mission statement.

On our journey to cultivating a Professional Learning Community in MCPS and at each site it is not enough to simply have the systems and procedures in place.

It really means a cultural shift must take place. Many of the discussions, activities and work we will do today and over the next several weeks will help us answer these two questions and provide us with the structures needed to recreate this work at our own school sites.

As DuFour researched various schools and studied the various cultures and school communities he realized that most schools fell within 4 different schools of thought.9Four Types of Schools/DistrictsDistrict/School#1 Charles Darwin We believe all kids can learnbased on their ability.....

District/School #2 Pontius Pilate We believe all kids can learnif they take advantage of the opportunity we give them to learn.....

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Think about the school that was just introduced by Principal Goodintentions and what beliefs and best defines how they do business and their school culture.Charles Darwin School: Extent of learning is determined by their innate ability or aptitude. Aptitude is relatively fixed, and teachers have little influence over the extent of student learning. Our job is to create different tracks that address different abilities and guide students to appropriate track. Survival of the fittest.Pontius Pilate School: In these schools the belief is that students can learn if they elect to put forth the necessary effort. Its our job to provide all students with the opportunity to learn, but it is the students job to learn it. Just as Pontius Pilate washed his hands and absolved himself of the responsibility of the outcome. At P. Pilate school, the staff feels that they are not responsible for the outcomes.

10Activity- Four School TypesDistrict/School #3 Chicago Cub FanWe believe all kids can learnsomething, and we will help all students experience growth in a warm and nurturing environment.....District/School#4 Henry HigginsWe believe all kids can learnand we will work to help all students achieve high standards of learning.....


3. Chicago Cub Fan School: It is our job to help all students demonstrate some growth as a result of their experience with us. The extent of their growth will be determined by a combination of their innate ability and their effort. We can encourage and create an environment that fosters self-esteem. This school is characterized by the staff that focuses enhancing the self esteem of all students and focuses on creating a nurturing environment.

4. Henry Higgins School: This school is characterized by the belief that all students can and must learn at relatively high levels of achievement. Students can master challenging academic material with support and help. Standards are set for all students and they are worked with until they learn them. Henry Higgins is the teacher of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. He teaches an impossible Eliza Doolittle to speak and act like a lady. No matter the obstacles he saw in place, he did not give up on working with his student.

11Revised Mission StatementIt is our mission to give each student the opportunity to learn according to his or her ability and to create a school that is attentive to the emotional needs of every student.1230 seconds

Which school of thought defines the culture and beliefs of Principal Greatintentions school based on the revised Mission statement?

It is not enough for us to think that it is our job to provide students the opportunity to learn, but to ensure and believe all kids can learn because we cannot predict a childs potential.

We just dont know what students can do, so we have to begin with the assumption that all kids can learn at high levels and strive for that goal.12Reading Make the Words of Mission Statement Come to Life by Rick Du FourRead the articleAs you read underline any words or phrases that stand out to youProtocol: Give one, Get one When you hear the signal move on to share with another perso