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Tools for Learning Schools, Fall 2014, Vol. 18, No. 1

Sep 30, 2014

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Build skills to bring a shared vision to life



By Stephanie Hirsh, Kay Psencik, and Frederick Brown


A shared vision is one critical component of a learning system that supports continuous learning for all. Learn how leaders at every level of a district can build a vision and how such a vision contributes to important outcomes for adults and students alike.


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Tool: Our vision work so far: Reflection questions


Preliminary discussion helps a team establish the work they’ve already done towards developing or using a vision to guide professional learning.


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Tool: Clearly articulate a vision


Groups discuss their assumptions, ideas, needs, and images of how a successful innovation, program, intervention, or overall learning system will contribute to improved outcomes, leading to the development of a guiding vision.


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Tool: Sample theory of change


A theory of change helps educators articulate what specific actions lead to the achievement of a vision.


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