Core Values


Keeping in mind what is best for students and the group as a whole; being honest even when it is difficult; following through with commitments; fairness (fair isn't always equal - dilemma of difference)


Making sure all voices in the room are heard and respected; open door policy; compassion & empathy; ability to take on another's perspective

Clear Communication & Transparency

Tasks and expectations are clearly understood with time for people to ask clarifying questions; the process and types of information used to make decisions are stated upfront

Continual Learning & Improvement

Always learning and thinking about how to improve; using research and experience to guide thinking & procedures; learning from all people and situations; reflection

Efficacy & Timeliness

Systems thinking; smart policies and procedures; issues addressed in a timely fashion; deadlines met

Best Practices and Expertise

Using current research and materials to guide instruction; common professional knowledge base; agreed upon practices; consistent use of data


Done with compassion; for the betterment of the group; describe behavior and consequences


  • Not ok to complain to some else about anyone
  • The only time it is ok to talk with someone else about another person is to get support in how to talk with that person.

Building Trust & Accountability

The more the group  can exchange criticism with good will, the stronger the trust and the higher the accountability (e.g. bringing issues to the group rather than just individual; group will support both people in this difficult endeavor).

Hidden Agenda's Undermine Trust

If anyone feels there is a hidden agenda, this should be called out; competing interests should be clearly identified

Clear Communication

This is an interactive process; active summarizing

Characteristics of Innovative/Successful Organizations

  • Failures celebrated along with successes as gets us closer to what will work
  • No negative impact from supervisors for trying something new that didn't work