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ERIC Number: ED538409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
The New School Year: An Opportunity to Commit to a Shared Vision
Williamson, Ronald
Education Partnerships, Inc.
The evidence is clear. The most effective principals have a clear sense of vision and purpose. They know themselves and their personal ethic. They also recognize the importance of vision to guide their work with teachers and other school personnel. A "clear, strong and collectively held vision" was identified by the North Central Regional Laboratory as one of the six critical components of an effective school. The beginning of the school year can be a good time to stop, reflect, and identify those things that contribute to one's personal vision for his/her school. Often this introspective process leads to a recommitment to the core values that led one to being a principal. Being clear about one's personal vision, and working with others to be clear about the vision for one's school, helps principals and their faculty balance competing demands and make decisions based on their collective vision for their school. There are lots of good books that describe one's personal vision. The examples provided in this paper reflect clear values and beliefs about life and work. They provide interesting insights into how other leaders articulate and actualize their personal vision. (Contains 9 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)