Summer is the time to set your intentions for the new school year. When the hallways are quiet and the classrooms are empty, reflect and create intentions for your team that will articulate your work for the upcoming year. Reflection is the first step. Take time to look back before you look ahead on the challenges and successes of the year. Then, create two or three intentions to guide your work.
How do I set meaningful intentions?
Setting meaningful intentions takes time. Strategic work is thoughtful, long-term, and can shift culture. In schools, strategic work should always center student growth and be grounded in the school mission.
- Center students. Ask yourself: What is best for students? Keep your intentions grounded in this central idea.
- Keep your school mission, vision, and values as the foundation.
- What are the areas in your school or your team that need improvement? Make a list.
- What themes do you see emerging in your list?