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Discover Your Why

Infusing Impactful Outcomes
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Intro:

Congratulations, everyone, on the fantastic work you've done so far! We've reached a crucial point in our journey — adding depth to your 'why' statement with the 'so that' element. This isn't just an addition; it's the bridge that connects your district's purpose with real, tangible impacts.

Guiding the Exercise:

Now, I invite you to think about the specific outcomes your district aims to achieve. Reflect on this: What change do you wish to see as a result of your efforts? Let's take a moment to discuss these outcomes as a group.

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Next, consider the measurable impact of these outcomes. Ask yourself, 'How will we know we've succeeded? What tangible signs will show the world you're making a difference?'

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With these insights in mind, let's revisit your 'why' statements. I encourage you to integrate the 'so that' element. This will help clarify and focus your statement, ensuring it vividly illustrates the connection between your district's actions and the positive change you aim to achieve.

Utilizing the Tools:

Remember, the 4-tabbed info box is there to assist you. Use the key elements and significant moments you've previously identified as a compass to guide your revisions.

Example:

Let's bring the concept of your 'why' statement to life with a vivid and meaningful comparison. Picture your initial purpose statement: 'Foster creativity in every student that walks our halls.' Now, let's liken this to planting a garden.

In this garden, planting seeds represents fostering creativity in students. But the story doesn't end there. Just like a garden, your 'why' isn't just about planting seeds. It's about nurturing these seeds 'so that' they grow into flourishing plants.

So, when we add the 'so that' element to your statement, it transforms into something more: 'Foster creativity in every student that walks our halls, so that they blossom into innovative thinkers, equipped to tackle and solve real-world challenges.'

This comparison illustrates that your district's mission extends beyond the initial act of planting seeds of creativity. Just as a garden's true purpose is to see its plants thrive and bloom, your district's aim is to cultivate young minds, nurturing them to grow, flourish, and ultimately make a significant impact on the world.

This is the essence and power of your 'why' statement. It captures not just the act of teaching, but the transformative journey and the impactful outcome it aims to achieve. Your 'why' is about creating a legacy of growth, innovation, and real-world problem-solving. It's about shaping a future where every 'seed' planted in your halls grows into something extraordinary."

Outro:

As you work on incorporating the 'so that' element, embrace this opportunity to make your district's purpose statement not just aspirational but actionable. Your revised statement will become a clearer, more powerful guide for your district's journey ahead. I'm excited to see the impactful narratives you're about to create!

The next page is a 'holding page' to allow for all submissions to be entered before moving on. If you finish early:

I encourage you to use the time to reflect on what you've accomplished. Think about the evolution of your ideas and how this process has deepened your understanding of your district's purpose.

Also, start to get excited about the upcoming voting phase. It's a unique opportunity to see the array of perspectives and insights from your teammates. Each 'why' statement is a window into your team's collective aspirations and creativity.

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Welcome to a key stage in sculpting your 'why' statement: integrating the 'so that' element. This crucial addition transforms your statement from a dream to a destination, connecting your district's purpose and values to concrete outcomes and impacts.

Exercise:
Adding Depth and Direction
Objective:
Sharpen your 'why' statement by weaving in the 'so that' element, highlighting specific, measurable impacts of your district's purpose.
Instructions:
  1. Envision Specific Outcomes: Ponder the precise outcomes your district is striving towards. What are the real-world changes you're aiming to achieve?
  2. Articulate Measurable Impact: Define the tangible, measurable impact your district seeks. How will your efforts shape the world around you?
  3. Enhance with 'SO THAT': Revise your first draft by adding the 'SO THAT' element, focusing on clarity and purpose. Let this addition illuminate the direct link between your district's values, actions and its outcomes.
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đź’ˇ Helpful Hint đź’ˇ
  • Consider how your district's actions lead to meaningful improvements in your community and beyond.
  • Reflect on the benefits your stakeholders will experience as a result of your district's commitment and efforts.
Your Initial 'why' Statement:
Expanded 'so that' 'Why' Statement:
Here's where you can redefine and elevate your 'why' statement. Emphasize the impact and purpose, ensuring that every word communicates the positive change your district is dedicated to making. Let this revised statement be a beacon that guides your district's journey.
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