Every school district has its own vision, which includes its mission statement, values, etc. that should funnel through and be present in each of its schools. Although the information is shared with schools, the questions become: How can schools incorporate the district’s vision with their own? How can the links be made so that all schools in a district are moving in a cohesive direction? A possible solution lies within The School District Framework below, which is a general design depicting how connections could be made.
In the above framework, each individual school framework has a direct link to the overall school district’s vision, and elements of the vision must be incorporated into their own, similar to the “Tinkertoy” model that was presented in a previous article. As with any educational framework, individualized planners would be designed for staff to implement the district/school’s vision in their classrooms, which will directly impact the students. The reciprocal arrows represent the sharing of ideas and learnings that relate to the vision and that will fuel discussion at the school district level on how schools (staff and students) are working towards driving it forward. Because there is continuous sharing, the vision can continue to evolve, and the planners that accompany each school framework can continuously shift to accommodate new ideas or revisions of old ones.
And what would the benefits be of implementing such a system? A whole district moving in a common direction, open communication as each school would bring forth new ideas to feed an overarching shared vision, and collaboration between schools.
To gain a better understanding of what an individual school framework looks like and what individualized planners are, please see the following articles:
Sample Educational Frameworks
The Flipped Classroom Framework
The Shared Leadership Framework
The Innovator’s Mindset Framework
The Language Framework
The Transitional Framework
The Early Years Framework
What is an Educational Framework?
The Tool Successful Companies Use That Schools Need
The Power of Planners
The Key to Empowering Teachers