Values

We believe that changing the world begins with changing our selves. We seek to continuously challenge ourselves to learn about the inequality and injustice that exists in our society and our schools, examine our own beliefs and actions, and embrace discomfort as we move toward open dialogue and conscious steps to create an education system that serves all students—and particularly those who have been left behind by the current system—to reach their full potential.

Respect

Productive work cannot be accomplished without an underlying ethos of respect and trust. We value each colleague, student, and educator we work with—regardless of gender, race, identity, or past experiences—as an individual and seek their input, knowledge, voice, and potential.

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Focus

We help school leaders and staff focus on their top priorities and not get pulled in a thousand directions by the many demands made on public education. We recognize that each small problem is part of larger social issues and inequities that affect it, but that every large-scale change begins with deliberate, focused steps.

Balance

A successful life is one in which people can be economically successful and still have the time and ability to be active and engaged members of communities. We help educators, students, and our own staff develop skills not just for economic success but also for connection to family, community, and positive social change.

Integrity and Justice

We believe a meaningful life is one in which people engage in critical reflection about issues of societal importance, especially those related to combatting intolerance, inequity, and injustice in all their forms. We aim to help schools develop ways to promote this meaningful life, and we promote ways for our employees to explore important issues.