Operating Principles and Mission
- Student learning is the goal
- Decisions and initiatives must be based on evidence
- Educational improvement requires collaboration and teamwork
- Professional growth happens best in communities of practice
With these operating principles in mind, NRRC partners are setting out to achieve six broad goals:
- To strengthen communication and collaboration among educational stakeholders in the region to address student needs.
- To assist districts with the meaningful assessment of student learning and effective program evaluation: setting goals; asking meaningful questions; analyzing data to determine the extent to which programs are working for all or particular groups of students; and identifying strengths, barriers, and needs.
- To use the principles and practices of communities of practice to support and retain new teachers and school leaders in the early years of their work.
- To strengthen students’ knowledge and interest in science, technology/engineering, and mathematics by improving teachers’ STEM knowledge base and their ability to teach STEM content in meaningful ways.
- To contribute to the development of a workforce possessing the knowledge and skills needed for the 21st century by assisting districts with preparing students for college.
- To improve the quality of early education and out-of-school-time programming by strengthening the preparation and support of providers, articulating career pathways for those committed to young children’s education and care, and expanding after-school opportunities for older children.