Presentation on theme: "Creating a Learning Community Vision"— Presentation transcript:
1 Creating a Learning Community Vision Dr. Deanne MagnussonDepartment of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and DevelopmentUniversity of Minnesota
2 Leadership for Strategic Thinking: Creating A Future Oriented Institutional Vision Visioning comes first in a strategic thinkingand planning process.When visioning change, one might ask:What is our preferred future?What do we want to be?What are our dreams?What is our mental image of what wewant to be?Need to be knowable in terms of research-based trends and practices
3 Key Components for Creating Vision Vision needs to reflect your values and beliefs.Beliefs are value statements influenced by these factors:Historical, cultural, political, economic“Best practice” educational factorsBeliefs guide the actions of all involved.Beliefs are a key component of strategic thinking and planning.
4 Benefits of Visioning Visioning: Identifies direction and purpose Promotes sharp focusEncourages openness to unique and creative solutionsBuilds loyalty (ownership) through involvement
5 Criteria for Quality Vision Statements (Adapted from MN Principal Training Academy) Is the vision statement simple and easy to interpret?Can the vision be accomplished?Is the vision focused on results and can it lead to accountability?Is it measurable?
6 Criteria for Quality Vision Statements in Education (Adapted from MN Principals Academy) 5. Does the vision statement lend itself to developing a clear strategy for making the vision possible?6. Will it lead to hard choices?7. Is it worth fighting for?3. Kotter, J. (1996)“Successful transformation of vision rests on a picture of that future that is easy to communicate to stakeholders”
7 Assessing Your Vision Statement Effective vision statements are:Imaginable—convey what the future will look likeDesirable—appeal to long term interests of stakeholdersFeasible—lead to attainable goalsFocused—clear enough to provide guidance in decision-makingFlexible—general enough to allow for individual initiative and changing responses in view of changing conditionsCommunicable—easy to communicate and explain3. Kotter, In DuFour, R., 1998 [endnote]
8 Guidelines for Assessing Your Organization’s Vision Statement Will it lead to a better future for the organization?Does it fit with the organization’s history, culture and values?Does it set standards of excellence and reflect high ideals?Does it clarify direction?Does it inspire enthusiasm and encourage commitment?Is it ambitious enough?Questions to ask:4. Nanus, In DuFour, 1998, p. 82
9 A Data-Driven Instructional Planning Framework Learning guided by “real world” themes, questions, issues and problemsGoal alignment across grade, subject, programs, etc.Continuous inquiry data driven decision-making; use of multiple measuresCommunity(ies) of instructional practiceShared understanding of essential learning outcomesStudent work is continuously analyzed and revisedLook For9 = Simmons, W. 2005Quality assurance; measurable accountability indicatorsLearning as a process and mastery of content and skills
10 The SWOC Analysis Process SWOC Analysis—A Strategic Thinking and Planning Framework : Digging the DataThe SWOC Analysis ProcessAssess the situation: (Consider internal and external factors)S = What are the strengths?W = What are the gaps (weaknesses)?O = What are our opportunities?C = What are our challenges? What changes do we want to make?2. Adapted from: Puccio, G. et. al, (2007) [endnote]
12 SWOC Analysis Benefits The advantages of using a SWOC analysis process for data driven strategic thinking and planning:Enhances analysis of internal and external cultureAssists in assessing relevance of vision and missionEnhances the ability to develop meaningful goals, teaching and learning outcomesAnticipates, identifies, prioritizes, focuses on key stakeholder expectations
13 Quality Assurance Indicators: Annual SMART goals Leadership for Data Driven Planning and Decision- Making: Establishing SMART GoalsQuality Assurance Indicators: Annual SMART goalsSSpecificMMeasurableAAttainableRResults orientedTimeline CompletionT
14 Example: Secondary School Student Performance SMART Goal Leadership for Data Driven Planning and Decision-Making: Set Annual SMART GoalsData driven education leaders recognize that formalized goal setting can lead to improved student and institution outcomes.Example: Secondary School Student Performance SMART GoalThe percentage of 10th grade students scoring at the 90th percentile on the national exam in mathematics will increase from 60% in spring 2010 to 80% in spring 2011.
15 Set a SMART Goal for international admissions to your institution. Leadership for Data Driven Planning and Decision-Making: Quality Assurance and Institutional AccountabilityOptional Assignment:Set a leadership SMART Goal for assessing or shaping the culture of your organization.Set a SMART Goal for the integration of technology in your courses, education program area or institution, etc.Set a SMART Goal for P16 public/ private sector or transnational partnerships.Set a SMART Goal for international admissions to your institution.Set a SMART Goal for staff development.These SMART Goal categories accompany Activity # 6Each team will establish TWO SMART Goals from the list.Set a leadership SMART Goal shaping your school culture.Set a leadership SMART Goal for time management.Set a SMART goal for the integration of technology in an Oman secondary school.Set a SMART goal for school community partnerships.Set a SMART goal for the leadership and management of your school.
16 ?Reflective QuestionsDo you think the goal will advance student learning for the expected knowledge and skills to be achieved by students in 2015?These reflective questions accompany Activity # 5Discussion Questions after goals have been posted to the flip charts:Are the components of a SMART goal evident?If not, what changes need to be made?Do you think the goal will advance student learning for the expected knowledge and skills to be achieved by Oman students in 2010?
17 Frame critical questions and challenges Continuous School Improvement: Leadership for Data-Driven Planning and Decision-MakingPromote shared and distributive leadershipCreate shared visionFrame critical questions and challengesUse multiple data sources9 = Simmons, W. 2005Facilitate alignment of school, local school community, regional, national, and international policies, practices
18 Creating A Data Driven School Performance Portfolio Translate school vision into agreed upon data driven expectations, practices, and resultsGOALExample DataStudent learning outcomesCurriculum standardsInstructional practicesLeadership and managementSchool culture normsNote: Need national, regional, local alignment9 = Simmons, W. 2005
19 What is QUALITY? Quality is Measurable Quality is a Result What Gets MeasuredGets done!