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Mission-Vision-Strategy Development and School Improvement

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​The ECS Mission-Vision-Strategy Program

When boards and principals reflect on the question “Where are we up to?” ... and “Where do we go from here?”, the school is at an exciting and consequential time of its development. At this critical juncture it is important that boards, principals, and leaders keep three strands woven carefully together:

  • The “DNA” of the school’s reason for being – in this “DNA” is the beating heart of the school’s mission and a key to its faithfulness to God’s call.
  • The beliefs, aspirations, skills, ideas and dynamic engagement of the current board, executive leadership, staff and school community.
  • The considerations and concerns arising from the school's self-evaluation using the "National School Improvement Tool"

Brief overview of the ECS Mission-Vision-Strategy program:

The ECS Mission-Vision-Strategy Development program provides a 7-step process for engaging the creative dynamic of the school’s key stakeholders to meet tomorrow’s opportunities with the power of the school’s founding mission and vision.

The program is usually run as a public meeting followed by a full-day “retreat” with board and key executive staff (eg: Friday evening, Saturday all day & evening), but the format and timing can be adjusted to suit your school. 

The content/processes for a school typically include:

1. Introduction: A presentation to the school community of the mission/call of Christian schooling with a focus on the particular mission and sense of God's call to your own school. This is usually a 2 hour "public" meeting with parents, staff, board, senior students, and interested broader-community members.

2. A full-day Board and Senior leaders "retreat" to:

  • Step 1: Clarify (or develop if necessary) a clearly articulated mission statement for your school – review the “DNA” of the roots of your school’s mission and ensure that it is clearly understood and explicitly articulated.
  • Step 2: Develop Vision – turn the ideals and dreams of key current leaders and board members into a picture of what the school's future should look look like.
  • Step 3: Develop Mission and vision objectives for the school.  That is, develop specific and detailed specific statements of what the school intends to achieve across the whole scope of its mission-vision.
  • Step 4: Evaluate status and development needs re mission objectives - assess the level of satisfaction with current performance across the mission objectives in preparation for focussing on the things that require either remedial or developmental strategic action.
  • Step 5: Evaluate the school's performance against the National School Improvement Tool's nine domains of school performance, viz:  An Explicit Improvement Agenda; Analysis and Discussion of Data; A Culture That Promotes Learning; Targeted Use of School Resources; An Expert Teaching Team;  Systematic Curriculum Delivery; Differentiated Teaching and Learning; Effective Pedagogical Practices; and School-Community Partnerships.
  • Step 6: Strategic Action Planning - develop a list of clear and actionable statements of intention and timing for key strategies to fulfill each of the remedial or developmental directions discussed in steps 4 and 5.
3. Recommendations Report: Upon the completion of the retreat process, I prepare a report with recommendations to the board & school executive re future strategic development processes.  Click here to view a sample report.

Click here to see a summary & sample of the Mission-Vision-Strategy program.


If you require further information about the mission-vision-strategy process, please contact Ray Tiller at raytiller1950@bigpond.com or phone 0409 646 279

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