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Core Values

Core Values are the enduring beliefs that guide an organization’s actions over time. The following statements were developed through the vision work, and combine the district’s prior Core Values with key ideas aligned to the vision. While Core Values are foundational, when creating any kind of system change, organizations need to articulate the mindsets and ways of working that align with the desired future. Connecting the Core Values to the vision makes the district’s ethics explicit, and ensures this alignment.

CENTERING STUDENT NEEDS AND VOICE

We believe that every student has the ability to thrive and that success requires that we attend to the needs of the whole child. We believe that incorporating student voice and building student agency, so that students can intentionally influence their own circumstances, are essential to our success in understanding and meeting each student’s needs. 

AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND COLLABORATION

We believe that by working together we can address challenges and take actions needed to have a positive impact on student outcomes. We value the diverse perspectives, culture and languages of our collective community and acknowledge the importance of partnership and transparent communication to achieve our vision. 

CULTURE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY

We believe that effective problem solving and staying relevant for the future require a culture of creativity and innovation. We cultivate new ideas and divergent thinking to develop effective strategies that catalyze change. 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

We believe in honoring and celebrating differences, recognizing the intersectionality of identities related to culture, race, language, gender, sexuality, ability and age, and affirming them in the classroom and workplace.

ENVIRONMENT THAT FOSTERS CONNECTION, RESPECT AND SAFETY

We believe in creating safe and respectful environments–both physical and virtual–that build caring and compassionate relationships to foster human connection, help us reach our shared aspirations and drive student success.

EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

We believe that an equitable and socially-just world requires that we actively understand, and unlearn our biases, value and empathize with the lived experiences of others, take action to disrupt systems of oppression and develop future leaders (both students and employees at LBUSD) who can do the same. 

EXCELLENCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

We believe in high standards for all students and staff, and that achieving excellence is the result of an education system relentlessly committed to fostering a growth mindset, continuous learning and courageous adaptation based on student outcomes.

FOSTERING JOY AND COMMITMENT 

We believe in leading, learning and behaving in ways that foster joy, passion and commitment in order to build long-term organizational dedication to excellence and long-term organizational resilience. 

INTEGRITY AND RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP

We believe in managing our financial and human resources effectively and in alignment with our student-centered goals. We value transparency in order to demonstrate integrity and build trust.