Can a school’s vision statement actually power school improvement?
Too often, a school’s vision statement is just words on a page, crafted by a committee of people who already have too much to do. How can a spiritless statement become a spark for school progress?
We do this through life ready maxims. Life ready maxims are clear statements that identify a school community’s commitment to equip and empower every student to pursue their passions, interests, and aspirations. They are built from what students, educators, and families identify as most important for student readiness. They’re guideposts for where your students and your school are going.
Here are a few examples:
Maxims are written to be meaningful to all stakeholders in the school community—students, families, staff, community leaders. They make a school’s vision statement understandable and real.
Once you’ve nailed them down, maxims can be built into everyday routines, instructional practices, hiring—anything related to student services. When this happens, your school’s vision stays front of mind. And you start seeing improved student outcomes.
How Livingston High School did it
Livingston High School is a large, diverse school in California’s Central Valley. After working with Inflexion to define their maxims, they reinforced them everywhere.
Here are nine examples.
Moving the needle on student outcomes
Livingston High School’s maxims have become an important driver of school success. The school has been recognized as an “Beating the Odds” school and by the College Board for the number of female students completing AP Computer Science. The school has scored well on English Language Learning and on college- and career-ready indicators, with a strong emphasis on career and technical education. Livingston’s graduation rate for 2020 was 99 percent.
By defining life ready maxims and embedding them in school routines and instruction, Livingston High made their school’s vision second nature. And improved student outcomes.
See more about how a school’s vision for readiness plays a role in student success.