Kelly O. Shewmake - Vision

Candidates who complete the program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, and stewardship of a school or district vision of learning supported by the school community.


1.1 Develop a Vision

A. Candidates develop a vision of learning for a school that promotes the success of all students.

·        Beginning of Year Letter

·        Open House Agenda

·        This I believe statement

·        Vision Statement


B. Candidates base this vision on relevant knowledge and theories, including but not limited to an understanding of learning goals in a pluralistic society, the diversity of learners and learners’ needs, schools as interactive social and cultural systems, and social and organizational change.

·        Learning Style Inventory


1.2 Articulate a Vision

A. Candidates demonstrate the ability to articulate the components of this vision for a school and the leadership processes necessary to implement and support the vision.

·        Vision PowerPoint

 B. Candidates demonstrate the ability to use data-based research strategies and strategic planning processes that focus on student learning to inform the development of a vision, drawing on relevant information sources such as student assessment results, student and family demographic data, and an analysis of community needs.

·        Community Analysis

 C. Candidates demonstrate the ability to communicate the vision to staff, parents, students, and community members through the use of symbols, ceremonies, stories, and other activities.

·        Coffeehouse Invite


1.3 Implement a Vision

A. Candidates can formulate the initiatives necessary to motivate staff, students, and families to achieve the school’s vision.

·        Principle Centered Leadership – book study for faculty


B. Candidates develop plans and processes for implementing the vision (e.g., articulating the vision and related goals, encouraging challenging standards, facilitating collegiality and teamwork, structuring significant work, ensuring appropriate use of student assessments, providing autonomy, supporting innovation, delegating responsibility, developing leadership in others, and securing needed resources).

·        (Need to do) Create a timeline for vision implementation


1.4 Steward a Vision

A. Candidates demonstrate an understanding of the role effective communication skills play in building a shared commitment to the vision.

·        Communication Newsletter

B. Candidates design or adopt a system for using data-based research strategies to regularly monitor, evaluate, and revise the vision.

·        Action Research Plan (shows a variety of sources I will research when revising my vision plan)

·        Community Analysis

·        Vision Statement (Rewrite)


C. Candidates assume stewardship of the vision through various methods.

·        Observation Summaries

·        Team Goal Results


1.5 Promote Community Involvement in the Vision

A. Candidates demonstrate the ability to involve community members in the realization of the vision and in related school improvement efforts.

·        Theory of Community


B. Candidates acquire and demonstrate the skills needed to communicate effectively with all stakeholders about implementation of the vision.

·        Parent/Teacher Conferences

·        PBL Movie