Aligning Mission Statements with the Common Core

With 45 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopting the Common Core State Standards, many schools are re-creating their mission statements to include common core values.   Author and educator Heidi Hayes Jacobs tackled this topic during the session, “Shaping a School’s Mission Statement to be Supported by the CCSS,” offered during the Curriculum Mapping Institute held in Salt Lake City, Utah July 10 – 11.  “In your mission statements, what you’re looking for are the qualities that you can act on and that your students can act on, but don’t separate them [the standards from the mission],” Jacobs told attendees. “Every word counts, and if it’s thoughtful and creative, you get people thinking differently. ”

The article contains an overview of some steps Jacobs suggested schools take before writing their mission statement.

Read the entire article by Melissa Greenwood on SmartBlog on Education at http://smartblogs.com/education/2013/07/11/how-to-align-mission-statements-with-the-common-core/

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