A clear statement of a district’s mission and vision is the foundation upon which all other practices are constructed. While a school’s mission to educate students and prepare them for the future may seem self-evident, a clear articulation of values, goals and strategies facilitates greater understanding among faculty, staff, students, parents and the community. Purposeful mission statements generate greater community investment in the success of the school district and ensure that all parties are invested in the process of school improvement.


Crafting a strong mission statement involves more listening than dictating. It is essential to encourage feedback from all stakeholders. CASDA’s expert faculty has vast experience in school leadership and is capable of offering a wealth of insight into the process of mission development. Essential elements include:


  • Use of multiple focus groups representing all constituents.

  • Public hearings to provide a forum for community feedback.

  • Individual interviews with administrators and members of the Board of Education.

  • Alignment of goals with federal and state standards.




Establishing a mission statement supports purposeful action from faculty and staff and investment from the community. Involving these parties in the process of identifying and articulating clear goals creates a spirit of unity and promotes sustainable school improvement.

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