A *culture is not optional project
Justice & Economics
- Welcome people of all faith commitments and backgrounds who wish to participate collaboratively in the good work happening at the school.
- Cultivate and practice an anti-racist identity, both in interpersonal relationships and organizing structures.
- Create a social and physical environment that demonstrates care for all people, regardless of physical and mental ability, age, gender, sexuality, religion, race and economic status.
- Always be attentive to making choices that demonstrate care for the earth, for example, reusables rather than disposables and human power over fossil fuel power.
- Privilege beauty to the same degree as function.
- Support local businesses and trades people with supply and labor needs.
Relationships & Partnerships
- Embody hospitality that allows people to both be who they are and to change.
- Partner with neighborhood leadership and existing organizations whenever possible.
- Always demonstrate the highest respect and kindness to the school’s neighbors.
- Foster collaborative vision and investment in leadership, even when it means taking longer to get something done.
- Facilitate learning through doing.
- Blur the lines between teachers and learners.
- Foster intergenerational work, learning and play.
Conflict & Communication
- Apologize soon and clearly when a wrong has been committed; forgive readily and fully when an apology is offered. Seek third-party help when necessary to resolve a conflict.
- Be self-aware, acknowledging your own flaws and weaknesses.
- Encourage and compliment others often.
- Listen before speaking. Communicate as clearly as you can and strive to acknowledge different communication styles.
- Always be open to change and to trying something someone else’s way. Choose being kind over being right.