How to get from there to here

Plan purposefully

Before taking any action, strong leaders ‐ be they in a board room, an operating room, or a classroom ‐ define the ultimate result they want, make clear how they will know they have succeeded and only then choose and design strategies to that end.

Think of purposeful planning ‐ for any type of plan, large or small ‐ as comprised of these three sequential principles:


First, develop a clear vision of success from which you can "plan backwards"

Develop a clear vision by setting big goals (B-1)


Now ask yourself, "How will I know that my students have reached that vision"?

How to create or obtain strong assessments (P-1)


With the vision and assessment in place, you are now ready to design your plan.

How to differentiate your plans (P-4) to fit your students