Operating Principles and Mission


Operating Principles:

  1. Student learning is the goal
  2. Decisions and initiatives must be based on evidence
  3. Educational improvement requires collaboration and teamwork
  4. Professional growth happens best in communities of practice


With these operating principles in mind, NRRC partners are setting out to achieve six broad goals:

  1. To strengthen communication and collaboration among educational stakeholders in the region to address student needs.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.