BASIC BELIEFS, COMMITMENTS, AND EXPECTATIONS
This document describes the basic beliefs, commitments, and expectations of the Superintendent of Schools and leadership staff of Edmonton Public Schools about our work; the work of other staff in the Division; our students, their parents, and the community; about the way we view each other, and the organization. These allow us to achieve what needs to be achieved.
About Our Work
We define our work as:
Actions teachers and principals take to ensure superb results from all students, and actions taken by all other staff to ensure support for the achievement of these superb results.
Our vision is to achieve Superb Results From All Students, and we believe:
We are focused on Supporting Teaching and Learning using the following expectations as a framework to employ in providing this support.
Expectations for Schools
Expectations for Central Services
About Necessary Organizational Conditions for Success
As a service organization, we ensure that our practices, the staff's roles and responsibilities, the objective setting and planning system, our staff selection and training programs, and our monitoring and evaluation system, are aligned so that each is directed toward achieving the Mission, the District priorities, and district standards.
Our communications are open. People can go to anyone in the Division for information.
The crucial work of the Division is done by teachers in the classroom. Everyone else provides support to that work.
The most crucial leadership in the Division is provided by the principal.
We do everything in our power to free the staff from unnecessary constraints, so that the Mission of the Division can be achieved.
We work continuously to improve the achievements of each of our staff and students.
We demonstrate ownership of our work, and the collective work of the Division.
About Our Relationships
We behave with integrity in our relationships with each other, with staff, students, and parents; with the Board; with the community; and with Alberta Learning. We are always representing the Division.
We demonstrate advocacy for public education.
We actively promote and maintain a relationship of mutual trust, confidence, and respect among staff, our students, their parents, and the community.
We do not, knowingly or carelessly, by omission or commission, misinform, mislead, or withhold information which should be disclosed, or do anything else to cast doubts upon the honesty, integrity, or motives of others.
If offended by a colleague's actions, we advise the person within 24 to 48 hours. If not, the issue will be dropped forever.
We put all agendas on the table.
We provide constructive and uncontaminated feedback.
We seek to understand the basis for decisions, and demonstrate total commitment once the decision has been made.
We are judged against the results expected of us, and we are also judged in terms of our contribution to the success of each of the other members of the leadership staff.
We are accountable.
We do not blame the students, the parents, or the community when we fall short of our own expectations, and their expectations of us.
We accurately and consistently measure our performance, and freely share information with our publics.
In all our actions, we demonstrate that we are continuous learners, skilled in and committed to critical self-appraisal and improved individual and team performance.
We openly acknowledge the contributions of staff. We do everything in our power to promote an environment of trust and encouragement for all staff.
We are a team.