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/