The purpose of having a mission statement is to keep the Team aligned with What we are doing with each and every student. A mission statement should drive our actions each day. What is the next goal, objective, or benchmark we need to work on to move closer to our mission for this student?
To open the IEP meeting, the chairperson could begin by stating, “Our mission in LABBB is to promote academic, social, and career independence for Michael. I want the Team to keep this in mind as we are creating his goals and objectives. We may not all agree on what we need to do to move Michael closer to independence, but all Team members should present goals, objectives and benchmarks that reflect our mission.”