TIES Inclusive Education Roadmap RETIRED

Developing a Mission and Vision for Inclusive Education

When Equitable and Inclusive Leadership Teams, education staff, and other stakeholders are clear about their purpose or driven by a common vision for supporting all students, they are better able to engage in more focused work to meet common goals. 

The research of change management tell us:

  • Having a vision that is clearly and consistently communicated is critical to successful change (Kotter, 1996)

  • Changes in teacher practice are tied to their beliefs about how new ways of work will lead to improvements for their students. Therefore, systems must address the need for change, establish a vision for the new way of work and connect to a clear strategic plan for meeting that need (Guskey, 2002).

As you begin planning for equitable and inclusive systems for all students, including students with significant cognitive disabilities, consider:

  • What is your education system’s vision statement for high-quality inclusive education? If your system does not have a vision statement that has a clear and explicit focus on inclusivity for all students, consider prioritizing the ‘Values and Climate’ Focus area in the Reflecting on Inclusive System of Education Tool (RISE) (See Step 2). A clear and explicit focus means that your system has a vision that makes visible the success of every single student including those from marginalized populations. 

  • How does the vision statement link to the system’s strategic and/or continuous improvement plan?

  • How has the vision statement incorporated the voices of each and every group of students and their families?