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Rewriting your District Vision, Mission, and Core Values with Equity in Mind

Colorado Convention Center, Bluebird Ballroom Lobby, Table 38

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Jordan/Jackson Elementary Mansfield
Dr. Rayna Freedman is a 5th grade teacher at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, MA. She has taught grades 3-5 and is an ITS. Rayna has a B.S. in Education from the University of Vermont and a M.Ed in Educational Technology from Lesley University. She received her doctorate through Northeastern in teaching, learning, leading, and curriculum. Rayna is the past President of MassCUE. Rayna has presented for ISTE, Ed Tech Teacher, Tech and Learning, Medfield Digital Learning Day, FETC, BPLC, and BLC.She is a Google and Magic School AI trainer.

Session description

Listen to the process one school district went through to combine their current vision, creating a mission in the process, with a vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion. See how to build a committee and use technology tools to engage participants in a hybrid format to craft a new vision!

Purpose & objective

Participants will leave this session being able to run a district wide committee to rewrite vision, mission, or core value statements of the district with equity in mind. They will see the tools used to engage a committee who had members both in and out of a school building. I will present challenges that occurred from creating the committee, having to recruit to have representation, the technology challenges as we are a building without WiFi, how we used a hybrid model to engage all members, and the various technology tools used to encourage participants to share their thoughts and collaborate on writing a vision. I will talk about the various models used to support the committee and activities to engage the committee through the vision writing process. Our work also led us to create a mission statement and core values list because all three are linked to the process. I will share the way we rolled the vision out to the school community, seeking feedback. I will also include how we presented the vision to the school committee and the vision roll out plan. This process included voices from students, community members, and staff.

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Engage audience to see who is doing this work or planning to do the work (2 minutes)
Introduction and explaining the why(5 min)
Overview of Google Site Creation (10 min)
Engaging a Committee with various tech tools (25 min)
(This time will show Sites, Slides, Docs with drop downs for agendas, Jams, Wakelet Sharing Space).
I will use peer to peer interaction to engage the audience during this time
Challenges Faced and Actions taken (10 min)
Q and A (5-8 min)

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Supporting research

Meetings Matter: 8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations by Paul Axtell

Dr. Kalise Wornum
Dr. Corliss Brown Thompson

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
A web browser
Google Docs
Google Sites
Google Slides
Digital board (Canva)
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Connected Learner
  • Use technology to regularly engage in reflective practices that support personal and professional growth.