As promised! This is the vision statement I wrote for The Leadership Challenge workshop that I took on February 28th and 29th. We were instructed to write as if it were 3-4 years from today, and as if everything had already been accomplished.
“I am working in a school library. I have established a positive culture among my staff, and strong ties with classroom teachers. My library is a source of continuing education for them, as well as a resource for their daily work.
My library provides kids with materials and space to enable their curiosity to flourish, leading to discovery. My library takes a progressive view on literacy, seeking opportunities to support not only traditional reading skills, but media literacy and information fluency. I create opportunities to grow the ability of my students to communicate and learn in a variety of formats. I have orchestrated a significant resistance to the negative effects of overtesting and have enabled teachers and students to meet requirements without sacrificing the inquiry process. I remain active in the professional community.
I am fit; I have completed at least one race per year, including triathlons and an extreme bike race. I am training for certification as either a personal trainer, yoga instructor, or wildlife rehabilitator. I have turtles, frogs, lizards and cats. I camp and kayak regularly. I take pride in my work but accept that I’ve done my best, and enjoy my personal life.”
It was interesting to re-read that after a few weeks. What stands out to me is how much I want to be great at my career and content with my life. I don’t know if I’ll ever reach contentment, since striving seems to be a component of my happiness. I also laughed when I hit the part about training for an additional certification…one of three very different paths. I think no matter how busy I make my life, there will always be more that I want to learn.