Cultivating a Shared Purpose

The educator will cultivate a shared purpose with a team for a teacher-powered project.
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About this Micro-credential

Key Method

The educator will identify a team of educators to engage in the design of a teacher-powered project based on an identified need. The team will also cultivate a shared purpose (mission, vision, values, and goals) for its project.

Method Components

Components of cultivating a shared purpose

  • Using the skills and resources from the Building an Effective Team micro-credential, build a team to design a teacher-powered project (teacher-powered = collaboratively designed and implemented by teachers).
  • With your team:

- Identify a school-wide challenge for your team to solve. Be sure the challenge will address an identified need in the school (i.e., professional development sessions, peer observations and feedback, department redesign, school redesign).

- Craft a vision statement for what the end state of your project will be.

- Identify a set of core values that will inform your work together.

- Develop a mission statement about what your team is trying to accomplish with your project.

- Create a list of goals for your project.

Research & Resources

Supporting Research


  • Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work,
  • Chapter 2 Discussion Questions.
    The discussion questions from chapter 2 can be used to guide your team to create a mission, vision, values, and goals.
  • Steps to Creating a Teacher-Powered School: Developing a Shared Purpose.
    This website contains many resources for developing a shared purpose in teacher-powered schools. Subtopics include developing and utilizing a shared purpose, existing teacher-powered teams’ use of shared purpose, and sample shared purpose statements and resources from teacher-powered schools.

Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3 and a Proficient or Exemplary score for each component in Part 2.

Part 1. Overview questions

Team and challenge description (250-word limit):

  • Who is on your team?
  • Why are those people on your team? What strengths do they bring to the team?
  • What challenge is your team taking on?
  • What need is your project fulfilling?

Challenge and impact description (250-word limit):

  • Who are the people that will be affected by your project (i.e., teachers, students, parents, administrators, etc.)?
  • How do you anticipate the project will affect them?
  • What is the current state of your team’s challenge?
  • What is your anticipated future state of this challenge?

Part 2. Evidence/artifacts

Submit a document that outlines the mission, vision, values, and goals designed by your team and survey results from the team about the process of designing a shared purpose.

Your artifact submission will be assessed based on the following rubric. You must earn a score of Proficient or Exemplary on this portion of the total submission in order to earn the micro-credential.

Part 3. Reflection

Please provide additional elaboration of the shared purpose of your team, including (500-word limit):

  • Discussion of the ways in which the shared purpose is designed to meet an identified need in your school;
  • Discussion of the ways in which the mission, vision, values, and goals are in alignment with each other; and
  • Description of a scenario that demonstrates that alignment.

Please provide additional context on your team (500-word limit):

  • How did all team members leverage their strengths as the shared purpose was developed?
  • How did you ensure that the shared purpose was developed collaboratively?
  • Identify a time when there was not consensus among team members. How did you work through the challenge?

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