for Education


Defining a clear vision and using it as a guide

Executive Summary

Richland School District Two / Columbia, SC
Suburban / K-12
Students: 27,000
Staff: 3,700

Communicating and reinforcing a shared vision

Using the vision to guide actions

Monitoring progress with the community

Prioritizing vision

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    Key Takeaways

    • A shared vision helps teachers, students, administrators and community members understand the purpose of change.
    • Every school environment is different — talking to administrators about how the vision applies in their settings will help them put it into action.
    • Make sure the vision is part of day-to-day life by aligning specific priorities and actions to each pillar of the vision.
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    Lessons Learned

    • Vision statements are often short and sweet, leaving room for various interpretations. Get all stakeholders on the same page with clear definitions of key concepts.
    • Introducing a new vision isn’t a box you can check off. Recognize that it takes time and effort to continually reinforce the vision.
    • Get the community’s input on the vision and its related programs to make sure it aligns with their goals.