The Normandy Five Pillars
In order to achieve academic and operational excellence, the Normandy Schools Collaborative has adopted what we call the Five Pillars, five critical values and characteristics on which we base our actions, mission, and goals. These pillars serve as the foundation for our ultimate goal, to provide the best education possible for our students in order to prepare them for the world they enter when they leave our campuses. The Five Pillars (and a brief description of each) can be found here:
In practice, accountability is when all district employees have internalized NSC’s expectations of its staff. There is personal obligation on behalf of each staff member. For example, everyone adheres to the rules that govern the processes of our organization. Immediate supervisors set clear and challenging, but obtainable goals and objectives as well as the support and authority it needs to accomplish them. Performance is evaluated openly, honestly, and on a regular basis. There are clear outcomes related to everyone’s job performance standard that directly impacts the organization’s efficiency and ultimately student achievement.
Collaboration can be seen when individuals or groups work together across the boundaries of their job assignments and responsibilities. There is open, frank, recognition of problems and discussion of alternate solutions where everyone owns the problem and feels responsible for its solution. Likewise, all adults are expected to serve as role models for students. Appropriate dress, speech, and demeanor are required for all personnel which depicts a collaborative organizational culture that sees itself as a collective body to improve the organization and ultimately student achievement.
Specialized knowledge and skill that contributes to the obtainment of NSC goals and objectives is the organization’s definition of professionalism. A set of accomplishments that enable the organization to meet and exceed all district performance expectations over time supports continual growth and development of all. The district’s investment in professional development and emphasized value placed on continual growth and improvement is every individual’s responsibility.
In order to meet the aforementioned pillars, we assume trust of each other in meeting district goals and compliance of policies. A culture that invests in and treats all district employees as valuable assets is a culture that thrives and determines how people work together, listen to one another, and build effective relationships. District leaders will follow through, allow two-way feedback and act in a transparent manner in efforts to establish credibility and demonstrate trust across the organization and will ultimately improve student achievement.
In practice, respect means that every individual in the NSC sees himself or herself, colleagues, students and families as valued individuals and contributors to the organization. Respect becomes both a verb -- defining how we interact with each other in positive reaffirming ways and a noun -- a characteristic that each person possesses and demonstrates to others. Such an environment results in everyone involved having a sense of worth.