The Farmington Public Schools are committed to core beliefs that guide our work. These beliefs frame our goals, program development, and support systems. These beliefs focus instruction, curriculum, and assessment to ensure that all students achieve at high levels.
Expectations Matter: Teachers maintain high expectations for all students through continual encouragement, specific and timely feedback, tenacity in providing targeted support, and through communicating that all students have the capacity to meet district standards. We believe that maintaining high expectations leads to higher levels of student achievement.
Effort matters. Students in the Farmington Public Schools succeed at high levels through their own efforts and the collective efforts of their parents, educators, and the community. It is through students’ own hard work and dedication to the pursuit of excellence that they will succeed. We believe that increasing effort leads to higher levels of student achievement.
Instruction matters. Teachers refine their teaching craft through ongoing study and action research, observation of instruction, and collaboration with colleagues. Teachers are actively engaged and committed to applying proven instructional strategies to reach every student. All educators demonstrate their commitment to instructional and curricular development for the classroom, team, school, and district through their leadership in improvement efforts. We believe that improving instruction leads to higher levels of student achievement.
Relationships matter. All staff members create and maintain an environment that promotes respect, trust, and understanding, and fosters communication and problem-solving. We nurture the whole child and ensure that each student receives a new opportunity every day to perform at his/her best. We believe that developing caring and supportive relationships between and among educators, students, and parents leads to higher levels of student achievement.
Results matter. Administrators, teachers, and students measure progress toward meeting and exceeding defined standards and goals. Through the ongoing and collaborative analysis of student work and data, we hold students and each other accountable for continuous improvement. We believe that sharing and using results to inform our decisions about instruction, resources, curriculum, and program development leads to higher levels of student achievement.
Equity matters. We recognize that students come to us with diverse experiences, interests, strengths, and needs. It is therefore essential that all students have access to challenging and personally meaningful curriculum and instruction. Teachers, administrators and staff are committed to the pursuit of excellence for all students, meeting them where they are, and providing resources, flexible pathways, and targeted support to remove barriers to opportunity. We believe that equity is a fundamental value of a high quality education and that diversity is an asset to our school community.
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