Developing a shared purpose
All teacher-powered teams create a shared purpose—consisting of a mission, vision, values, goals, and standards of practice—that is similar to those created by most schools across the country. The overarching goal is educating and preparing students for life and work.
But teacher-powered teams emphasize an important difference in how they use their shared purposes. With responsibility and accountablity for school success, they use their purpose statement as a guide for ongoing, collective dialogue and decisionmaking about how to best meet students’ needs. Their shared purpose isn’t just words someone else wrote.
What will your team’s shared purpose be? How will you use it?