The topic of having a personal vision for the school has come up a couple of times recently. One of my staff member recently asked me directly what my vision was. The easy answer is to recite the school vision :
Strengthening our Community
There is nothing wrong with that vision at all! I think it’s a great vision for a school – we developed it as a staff last year and we were pretty much all happy with it. So, wouldn’t it make sense that it is my vision for the school as well? Can’t my personal vision and the school vision be the same? I have spent quite a bit of time reflecting about it. At first I couldn’t say for sure; it almost seemed too easy to say that that was my vision.
In our last Leadership20 session the question of administrator vision was posed to a presenting teacher. Her response outlined how she saw vision being developed by the administration. I thought it was interesting, but again, I’m not totally sure I agree.
- Realize the staff owns the school
- Listen to the staff and find where they want to go
- Support the staff vision
- Empower the teachers to accomplish that
I think those aspects are VERY important. I need to know the staff and where they want to go. I need to know what they see as important. I even have to support them in their endeavours to get where they want to go. But, I am looking through a slightly different lens than the teachers. I have to have a broader perspective on the factors involved in operating a school and teaching the students. Ultimately, I have to be able to guide the staff towards a vision that I have. Hopefully those two visions should have a lot of common ground, making the task a lot easier. With that in mind, how can my vision be the same?
So, the question for me is, What is my personal vision for the school? Is it the same as the vision set by the staff last year? I was involved in coming up with that vision. My input was valued as much as the input everyone else had. If I remember correctly, someone even had the notion that the final decision around wording was up to me!
I am glad the question was asked. It has prompted a lot of thinking and I have come up with a response. I do have a vision! It is my personal vision, and it is the same as our school vision statement. It’s a great vision statement and I not only believe it, but endorse it. It is my vision for the School.