How To Build Mission & Value Statements at Home & Why It’s Good For Your School | Janell Burley Hofmann | 2 Min Read

It’s common for schools to have mission statements explicitly outlining their values, beliefs and goals for the community. Some schools use these statements as guideposts for in and out of classroom behavior, curriculum, communication, decision making, and design strategies. When mission statements are at their best, they function as the center of support. When the internal and external pressure is high, it is often mission statements that stay steady, bringing a grounded point of reference for school leaders, educators, staff, and students. Sometimes, despite our best intentions, mission statements don’t live out loud in the way that we’d like. Sometimes they are forgotten, sidelined, or a challenge to keep front and center as one school year blends into the next. Revisiting and assessing our values and mission statements feels imperative in this particular moment in education. 

One way we can do this is by including some of our most important stakeholders — parents, caregivers, and families — to develop their own at home. Family mission statements are just as important as professional and educational ones. They help to bring intentionality and mindfulness to the family system. They support family decision making and outline expectations. They are conversation starters and…

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Janell Burley Hofmann

Janell Burley Hofmann is an international author, speaker and consultant specializing on the topics of technology, media, health, relationships and well-being. Janell is the creator of the original iPhone contract and a thought leader in the space of digital mindfulness, digital parenting and intentional use of tech. She is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up published by Rodale, Inc. Janell is the founder of the Slow Tech Movement and iRules Academy. Janell has worked on four continents across diverse demographics, cultures, religions, and socioeconomics. Sensitive to the needs of each community, Janell works with schools, youth, families, educators, and organizations while offering private coaching and consulting sessions. Janell’s professional expertise and personal experience as a mother of five children builds strong connections with a wide and varied population. Janell engages readers, clients and audiences in relevant and meaningful conversations igniting personal empowerment, awareness and purpose in a partnership that will positively impact all. Janell’s academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies, a Master’s Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking and she is currently working towards her licensure in mental health counseling. Her featured talks include two-time TEDx presenter, SxSW, YPO Southeast Asia Summit, Peace Corp Workshop Leader, Homecoming Day Nagoya University, Nagoya Japan, YPO Middle East Tour, Women2Women International Summit and MIT Strata Center. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, USA Today, National Public Radio, BBC News and The Associated Press.