No Excuses University
SIX CORE BELIEFS
A Culture of Universal Achievement takes place when the critical mass of the staff believes that each student is capable of meeting academic standards in reading, writing, and math AND that the school has the power to make that opportunity a reality.
Great schools have talented professionals who find the very best ways to work together in order to get results.
As professionals, we are called to participate in activities that improve our results while learning from our successes and failures. Aligning standards provides an objective framework that can guide our path.
Assessment is not about you as a teacher, it is about your students. All of it! Our reason for assessing students has to be grounded in a commitment to use the information in a way that helps us to generate greater success for them.
Data is given to us for one reason and one reason only, to use as a means of securing greater success for each individual student. In order for it to be used as a means for driving instruction, data must be easily accessible, openly shared, and deliberately arranged.
Good schools are able to take interventions and analyze their effectiveness through the use of data. Great schools, however, are able to take data and translate it directly into the creation of appropriate interventions.
We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college. When our school exhibits a culture of universal achievement by believing in our students, we collaborate around that belief. During collaboration, we align their standards as a team. As teams align standards, we need to assess the standards and manage the data. Then, and only then, can we pursue meaningful interventions with our students.
NEU CORE BELIEFS
- Every student has the right to be educated in a way that prepares them for college.
- It is the responsibility of educators to create six exceptional systems that makes college a reality.
- Conferences and on-site trainings must be rooted in sharing practical strategies and ideas that can be implemented in classrooms the very next day.