The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, an independent non-profit organization, defines aspiration as the ability to set goals for the future while maintaining the inspiration in the present to reach those goals. When a student has dreams for the future and is actively working towards them, she’s in the “aspirational zone.” And in that state, student achievement increases.
It’s a good article about students and aspirations. Definitely go read it. As I read the article, though, I couldn’t help but think of how the ideas connected to leadership. As leaders, what are our aspirations for the people we lead – the big dreams for our students, teachers and parents? And what are we actively working for? Now more than ever, it’s important for us as leaders to create that audacious vision for our schools and inspire ourselves and those around us to reach our goals. Too many of us are mired in the vision-less mandates of policymakers and departments of education. We have an imperative to break from the cycle and lead our schools to aspire to loftier aims. Would our organizations be different if we were more actively engaged in setting our organizational aspirations?
What are you doing to mold the aspirations of your school and provide the inspiration to bring to reality an audacious vision for teaching and learning?