Our Core Values
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
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 “fix” them
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 “my 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
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