Guiding Principles

A Culture of Success

A successful school culture is purpose driven and child-centered, embracing a “we can” attitude in our ability to make a positive difference. A culture of success values growth, feedback, diversity, teamwork, and engagement, requiring steadfast commitment and consistency in the way these values exist and are communicated. A culture of success is an upward dynamic built each day, shepherded by many, working together in a common direction that yields only the greatest results.

Personalized Learning

The future of education is personal, which requires learning environments that are optimized to meet the needs and aspirations of each learner. Personalized learning environments are welcoming, meaningful and relevant to each learner, driven by their interests and often self-initiated, with the intent to increase engagement, achievement, and develop competent lifelong learners and global citizens. Personalization is a cornerstone to whole child success and active learning.

Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is a recognition that the pursuit of excellence is ongoing. We believe that no organization is perfect and realize that there is always room to improve. What is excellent today may be the definition of mediocrity tomorrow. It is an acknowledgement that what we do is never finished, but present continuous opportunities for improvement. We always move forward, progress, and aspire to get better.

Data-Based Decision Making

The use of information to measure and analyze performance is an indispensable part of the decision-making process and used to support continuous improvement within all aspects of our district. If what we do is not measured, we cannot accurately hold ourselves accountable to excellence. Data-informed decisions require the continual collection of authentic measurement data in order to enhance productivity and manage resources effectively and efficiently.

Community Engagement

We believe that community trust is a foundation that makes our school organization excel. Building dynamic, life-changing relationships with families and the community does not happen by chance. Our actions are manifestations of this principle which are centered on perpetually looking outward, adding value, and being collaborative and transparent in all phases of connecting with our community. Through creating networks and sustaining reciprocal partnerships, we seek to cultivate inclusive, caring, and culturally responsive communities.

Fiscal Responsibility

The fiscal choices we make today will determine what kind of future education our children will inherit. Being a responsible fiscal steward of community resources requires a devoted commitment to maintaining the community’s confidence that tax dollars are well spent. This is accomplished by establishing sound fiscal policy and practices that safeguard school district assets, while being clear with constituents about how budgets are determined, allocated, and balanced. Fiscal responsibility is essential to creating a stronger and more prosperous school system both now and for future generations.