To achieve our mission and vision the Foundation Staff will establish a culture of excellence, opportunity, innovation and success through quality leadership, teaching and learning.

Our work will be supported by the following bodies of research and practice:

  • Professional Learning Communities.

    A professional learning community establishes an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. Professional learning communities operate under the assumption that the key to improved learning for students is continuous work- related learning for educators.

  • Classroom Instruction that Works.

    This is a body of work that outlines an evidenced-based model of learning and also highlights well-researched learning strategies that have a strong impact on student achievement. To succeed academically, high quality instruction must be the norm. This requires teachers to develop a common language for instruction. Teachers are also required to effectively use a common and agreed set of instructional strategies that have a high likelihood of increasing student achievement.

  • Curiosity and Powerful Learning.

    Powerful learning proposes strategies that ask educators to deepen our understanding of what great schools look like, and what great teaching entails. Embedded in this is a belief that when inquiry is a defining characteristic of a school’s culture the level of student achievement and curiosity will increase.

Our Mission

We believe that all individuals in our community should have every opportunity extended to them to assist them in reaching their full potential. The focus of our work will be on serving every child, every lesson, every day.

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