Core Beliefs 

As superintendent, I have worked hard to build relationships with educational partners outside our district, as I know that the work that we need to do to increase student achievement is work that cannot be done alone or in isolation. As a result of one of these collaborations, I am very excited that DC Charter is one of only three districts in Douglas County that was invited to participate in the Chalkboard Project!

Chalkboard Project is an initiative of Foundations for a Better Oregon—six independent, nonpartisan Oregon foundations united by a common purpose: A better state for all Oregonians. The goal is elevating student achievement, eradicating achievement inequalities, and making our K-12 public schools among the best in the nation.

Chalkboard's vision statement says:
We believe Oregon students deserve a public school system that is among the nation’s best as measured by student achievement, and that all students deserve equal educational success. Our vision is to use philanthropic collaboration to improve K-12 public education and by doing so, lift up the entire state.

The Chalkboard website goes on to say that an effective teacher has the single greatest influence on how well a student learns; school leaders are second. That’s why our efforts focus on ensuring educators and school leaders have the systems and supports they need to help every student succeed. 

Thanks to funding from Ford Family Foundation, six DC Charter employees are participating in this initiative, which we anticipate will lead to improved teaching and learning through improved professional learning for educators. 

As part of our initial training, we were asked to examine and articulate our core beliefs.  I brought back the work that we did that day and shared it with all employees, giving everyone here the opportunity to respond and provide feedback to improve our draft.  After revising our initial statements, I presented the document to both the charter board and the district board and gave each an opportunity to help us refine the statements to ensure they were accurate reflections of what we believe.

Next, we examined the existing district philosophy of education, the charter school's mission, and my priorities as superintendent, ensuring appropriate intersectionality between the various cornerstones of who we are, what we believe, and how we operate.

Below, you will find a link to the final document, which also has a new home on the homepage of our district website: click on the "Core Beliefs" link at the bottom of the homepage. 

Thank you for walking this journey with us, as we seek continual improvement to become the very best version of ourselves.



Posted by Dr. Mark Angle On 29 November, 2016 at 1:51 PM  

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