We are a community of educators deeply committed to the principles of progressive education. To this end, we live by the following values:
Children come first. We put children’s needs before our own. The well-being and achievement of children is our highest priority, and all our decisions are based on what’s best for them.
We revere teachers. Schools should be designed to respect, nurture, and support teachers in every way possible. The greatest role models in our community are master teachers, and we believe that no calling is more noble.
Team before individual. We approach our work with humility rather than seeking the limelight. We treat one another with kindness and put the interests of the group above those of the individual.
We’re continually improving. We take initiative to continually improve everything, every day. We are relentless about excellence and about a strong work ethic.
We’re continually learning. We believe that great teachers are always learning, so we put in the time and effort to maximize our own development. The Japanese discipline of Kounaikenshuu is at the heart of our professional development philosophy: we plan together, observe and analyze each other’s lessons, and collaborate to refine teaching strategies.
We listen thoughtfully to one another. Real communication happens here—and the most important part is listening. By truly hearing one another and assuming the best of one another, we work through disagreements and difficult situations. We use email judiciously, and never for conversations.
Everyone here is an entrepreneur. We banish roadblocks and minimize bureaucratic nonsense. So when a problem arises, we’re able to talk to each other, figure out a solution, and implement it fast.
We’re positive. We energize each other with positive talk, attitudes, and actions. We don’t engage in negativity, complaining, arrogance, divisiveness, or gossip.
We hold ourselves accountable for results. We take ownership of our work and assume personal accountability for student achievement. We do not believe in blame or excuses—as individuals and as a team—just results and hard work.
We are passionate and driven. We work for social justice with seriousness and a sense of urgency. We are resilient even in times of stress, because our work is a sacred calling.