What really matters around here?

September 15, 2011

Before school classes resumed, staff and faculty spent time together at Debs Park for a series of in-services.  One exercise involved reflecting on our personal values and then working together as a group to try to identify ten values held in common regard.  Values shape the attitudes and policies of an organization, be it a school, a family, or a business.  By identifying and discussing what is common to each member of the community, mutual values strengthen an organization.

By lunch on the first day, the group agreed on these ten values as important to everyone in the room (in no particular order):

  •  Community
  •  Communication
  •  Creativity
  •  Freedom
  •  Integrity
  •  Meaningful work
  •  Nature
  •  Quality relationships/family
  •  Self-respect
  •  Wisdom

The Walden Agreements are a demonstration of how mutual values create the school’s culture. Procedures and activities are related to the school’s Mission and everything at school is based on these basic values. The next step at a future in-service will be a candid examination of what we are doing and how our attitudes and policies fit into the values expressed in the school’s mission. What are we really striving for?

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