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Providing a clear vison to our staff was one of the first steps I took to move our school from good to great. Without vision, a clear mission and how we will meet both leads to a school that is simply a diploma factory. If the staff know where we are headed and have clear guidance on how to get there then they can focus on their students. teachers focused on students are teachers who are engaged. Engaged teachers lead to engaged students. We have also provided clear expectations for all students K-12 in discipline and academic areas. We are also working to allow students time to reflect with staff and peers each day to discuss issues and concerns ranging from specific lessons to lofty ideals such as why a certain subject area is important to their graduation plan. But most of all we are trying to make sure students are actively involved in creating and managing the completion of their graduation plan. Student ownership of their plan is vital to student engagement.

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