Our Core Values

  • Continuous Learning

    We leverage curiosity, reflection, and resilience to seek understanding and grow through challenges.

    • Reading articles, watching videos, and taking courses on emerging best practices
    • Requesting a mentor or supervisor to observe your practice and give you feedback
    • Analyzing root causes to find solutions for undesired behavior in the classroom
    • Asking clarifying questions to challenge personal assumptions about other people
    • Pausing after mistakes to reflect on lessons learned and implement critical feedback

    See more examples of Continuous Learning here!

  • Brave Vulnerability

    We demonstrate courage through connection, authenticity, and a sustained openness to change.

    • Trying new strategies or approaches even when you’re unsure if they will work
    • Attempting to build a relationship with someone you think doesn’t like you or has completely different values than you
    • Being critically honest with yourself about your own unproductive or problematic habits
    • Asking for help when you feel like you personally are a failure or disappointment
    • Listening to others with empathy without feeling defensive or compelled to β€œfix” them

    See more examples of Brave Vulnerability here!

  • Collective Responsibility

    We embrace collaboration and accountability to realize a shared commitment to student success.

    • Setting explicit SMARTE goals for each project with clear delegation and deadlines
    • Having hard conversations with colleagues don’t follow-through on commitments
    • Letting go of β€œmy way” and leaning into compromise that addresses the most needs
    • Prioritizing problems and opportunities that I have direct control or influence over
    • Building a coalition of diverse stakeholders to lead a school or community project

    See more examples of Collective Responsibility here!

  • Leadership for Equity

    We waive our own comfort in order to do the hard work of challenging ourselves and inequitable systems.

    • Engaging in ongoing individual and collective social identity development
    • Conducting equity audits to identify barriers to learning and increase the number of opportunities that students have to succeed
    • Interrupting implicit bias, disempowering stereotypes, and hate speech in the moment
    • Advocating for school policy changes through the PTA or Personnel Policy Committee
    • Providing a replicable model for promising practices by incorporating them into your own work, collecting evidence, and sharing results with colleagues

    See more examples of Leadership for Equity here!