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4 Key Moves: Highlight Your Vision for Readiness in Your School Culture

Most beginners are too anxious for results. Real progress takes place over a long period of time.

– Steve Revington

These four suggestions may take a bit of effort, but will move your school’s vision forward.

Student Learning Outcomes

Direct every teacher to incorporate student learning outcomes, which connect to the school’s vision for readiness, as part of their lesson plans. This may take some planning and teacher professional development to help them learn how to connect outcomes and incorporate them into their daily instruction. You may choose to start with a group of teachers or a specific department, which would require multiple conversations and a plan for implementation. 

Establish School-Wide Routines

Establish school or department-wide instructional routines so that every class makes space for intentional reflective practices of student learning outcomes. This requires commitment by everyone within the department and school, and a process for teachers and admin to reflect on its impact.

Hyperfocus on One Outcome

For example, spend a month focused on, “being kind and listening.” Use examples in all classes, and tell stories of what this looks like in your school community. Include examples from students, staff, and families. Provide students with examples of how kindness and listening skills relate to their future careers.

You might also identify a grade-level class or structure where you can integrate your school’s vision for readiness into the experience. For example, if all 9th graders at your school take a class that introduces them to college and career readiness, link the curriculum explicitly to your student outcomes within your vision for readiness, such as collaboration, self-management, or identifying interests and aspirations.

Encourage Student Ownership of Learning

Create opportunities within a department or grade level unit to encourage student ownership of learning and incorporate students working collaboratively with a clear link to your vision for readiness.

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