Dwight Carter, new principal of New Albany High School in Ohio and educator of twenty years, decided to write up a list of his beliefs so that students, staff, and families would have a better sense of who he is and what drives him as a school leader. Here's his list about students but the whole list is worth a look.
Students • I believe all students can and will learn. • I believe students are the reason why we are here and we have our jobs. • I believe engaged students will exceed our expectations. • I believe the more we know about our students, the better we will be able to create the conditions for them to demonstrate growth. • I believe in the development of the whole-child: intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually. • I believe student voice and student choice lead to more engaged, active learners and leaders. • I believe successful schools promote the 7 As: Academics, Attendance, positive Attitude, the Arts, Athletics, Acts of Service, and Activities (clubs). This creates a sense of belonging for every student.