Indicator 1

The school community engages in a dynamic, collaborative and inclusive process informed by current research-based best practices to identify and commit to its core values and beliefs about learning.

What to Look for:

  • a record is available of the process used by the stakeholders to identify and commit to core values and beliefs about learning, including dates of more than one meeting and names of participants with designation of role in school (e.g., 11th grade student; science teacher; parent of freshman; principal)
  • dates of the initial approval by the faculty, students, parents, and other stakeholders as well as the school board are noted
  • evidence of the current research-based best practices used to inform the process is available along with a brief narrative of the process and activities involved
  • the core values and beliefs about learning can be easily identified in the school’s narrative (by underlining or italicizing them, e.g., a belief by all that ”students learn best when they can apply their learning and can make connections with topics in other subjects” or the belief that “teachers can best improve instruction for all students when they are reflective and collaborative”)
  • students, faculty, parents, when chosen arbitrarily can state in general terms what the school’s core values and beliefs about learning are and indicate how these values and beliefs about learning impact them
  • the document which includes the core values and beliefs about learning is published in documents, on the website, and is readily available