Principals: take the lead here. Circulate this to your staff and hold a discussion with them on the stage of your school and what you believe to be the ideal stage. Repeat the exercise with your board.
At which stage is your school? Christian schools often start as Bible schools while protecting children from the secular world. These schools often change over time. Some intentionally become academic powerhouses with the Bible on the back bench.
In lesson and unit planning, beginning with the end in mind helps to bring about the results we seek. The same is true for a school’s mission. Why does your school exist? What is its purpose? Leadership guru Simon Sinek says, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.”
So let’s begin with the end in mind. Why does your school exist? Do you have a mission statement? Is your mission statement alive, affecting the heart and life of your school?