A Shared Vision establishes the collective purpose of an organization. It is derived from the commonly held beliefs of all the stakeholders involved with the organization.
In Westminster Public Schools all classrooms in all schools create a Shared Vision that deliberately involves all stakeholders particularly learners and their parents. In the “visioning” process, learners articulate desired behaviors and goals that typically become the Code of Cooperation (or Conduct) which helps sustain and energize the Shared Vision throughout the school year.
An explanation of how to create and implement a classroom Shared Vision is provided in this video below.
Below is an example a classroom Shared Vision and a classroom Code of Cooperation (or Conduct). Every classroom has a student created poster.
The Shared Vision for each classroom is aligned with the School’s Shared Vision. An example of how one school created a Shared Vision is explained in the following video segment…
The poster below is an example of a school’s Shared Vision.
Panther Shared Vision is an example of how one school solicited parent input into their process.
Ultimately the Shared Vision from each classroom and school aligns with that of the school district. Our school district stakeholders created the following Shared Vision for Westminster Public Schools:
Ensures students’ skills and knowledge meet or exceed the requirements of a successful 21st century citizen.
Honors and embraces the diversity of its school community.
Nurtures the love of learning and inquiry with every Westminster Public Schools student.
Serves as a lighthouse district in the state of Colorado for students’ achievement and life-long success.
As represented by the following diagram, Shared Vision’s are aligned across the system and in due course reinforce each other.
What is the role of the learner?
All learners should be able to articulate their classroom Shared Vision, Code of Cooperation as well as their academic and behavioral goals. Typically, classrooms set group goals and monitor them as a group prior to creating individual goals. This helps all learners understand how to set, monitor and articulate goals. In high functioning classrooms, it’s the learners that hold each other accountable to the Code of Collaboration (Conduct) and Shared Vision instead of the teacher controlling the behavior of the classroom.
What is the role of the teacher?
The teacher should facilitate the visioning and discussion processes during development. During implementation the teacher should raise questions regarding how well the learners are “living” their Code of Cooperation and Shared Vision on a daily basis to redirect learners back to the most important work at hand, namely learning. Once group or individual goals are met the teacher needs to help plan celebrations for the class or the individual learner.
How do learners lead the implementation of the Shared Vision or Code of Cooperation?
Learning leaders must be coached by the teacher regarding the process of re-energizing the Shared Vision and Code of Collaboration by using CBS tools and processes. Questions are designed to engage students at a high level of thought and reflection.
How is staff involved in sustaining the Shared Vision and the Code of Collaboration?
Staff facilitates the process at the classroom level and need to support the learners in taking responsibility for implementing the Shared Vision and Code of Collaboration. Teachers can also facilitate learners creating a rubric to define what a Code of Collaboration goal could like and support the monitoring of the goal through agreed-upon cycle times. Here is an example of classroom Code of Cooperation goal.