3 Little Things: Highlight Your Vision for Readiness in Your School Culture

Diverse group of elementary school students sitting at desks, smiling and raising their hands high above their heads.

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

– Vincent van Gogh

These three suggestions are fairly quick and easy, and will move your school’s vision forward.

Develop a Shared Language

Add a section to your school newsletter each week that connects your vision for readiness goals to some of your newsletter topics and initiatives. This is quick and requires little time and effort, and helps the school community begin to develop a shared language and understanding of its vision for readiness.

Engage Early Adopters

Encourage early adopters to intentionally and regularly use shared language linked to your student outcomes within their day to day instruction. Remind them to model and be explicit about the skills that are already part of their classroom experience and to connect them to your vision for readiness. Help them reflect on ways to create opportunities where students can gain social-emotional, critical thinking, listening, and empathy skills, which are not traditionally graded or assessed.

Create Instructional Rituals and Routines

Create instructional rituals and routines that connect to your shared vision for readiness. Identify where educators are already using pair-share techniques to support communication outcomes, or encourage them to find opportunities to do so. Use welcoming routines or rituals focused on elements of self-awareness or self-management. If you are a school that illustrates academic learning targets on your whiteboard as part of instruction, adding your vision for readiness student learning outcomes would be a natural little move to make.

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