We Grow Thinkers Who Build Meaningful Relationships

Why is collaboration important to a culture of thinking?

A school community is made up of three stakeholder groups: students, staff, family & community. Meaningful relationships must exist between each stakeholder group and among stakeholders themselves. When those groups work in chorus, it creates a positive learning environment that supports the social, emotional, and academic growth of each student. We foster meaningful relationships:

For Students to:
  • Help students feel socially, emotionally and physically safe 
  • Encourage students to develop life-long skills of positive social interaction 
  • Help students develop a strong connection to their school, including positive relationships with peers and adults 
For Staff to:
  • Create authentic professional learning communities where every gift is valued and every member’s contribution is integrated into a vision for the whole 
  • Work in diverse teams and with diverse students 
For Family & Community to:
  • Assure parents of our care for individual students and excellent educational practice 
  • Foster an avenue of communication in order to best support each student’s academic, social, and emotional needs 
  • Establish a shared vision and goals for the school community

What does this look like in our schools?

We do this: 

For Students by:
  • Creating positive and supportive relationships with each student 
  • Ensuring each student feels safe and included in the school culture 
  • Teaching each student methods for creating positive, meaningful relationships 
  • Assisting each student with honest, respectful, and empathetic communication in peer problem solving 
  • Assisting each student in self-reflection regarding interactions with others
  • Encouraging students to communicate their thinking with others and to develop an understanding of different perspectives
  • Engaging students in small group and whole group learning opportunities
  • Utilizing the collaborative support of colleagues to help meet student needs and interests
For Staff by:
  • Learning new strategies to improve school culture 
  • Ensuring each staff member feels safe and included in the school culture 
  • Creating positive and supportive relationships with all staff 
  • Modeling positive, meaningful relationships among all staff and students 
  • Having honest, respectful, and empathetic conversations 
  • Setting routine schedules for collaboration 
For Family & Community by:
  • Providing regular and ongoing communication 
  • Creating positive and supportive relationships with all families 
  • Providing opportunities for feedback and input to the teacher/school 
  • Engaging in self-reflection over interaction with all families 
  • Seeking appropriate consultation for assistance with parent communication

How do we work to create a culture of collaboration?

As a district we are committed to a culture that celebrates collaboration. Our staff works across grade levels and curricular disciplines to plan a rich learning experience for our students. We develop common goals around a vision of thinking, engage in ongoing professional leaning, and utilize common language to connect our efforts.