Core Values

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Urban Montessori’s core values help us do our work. They are: 

We embrace our common humanity to build our school community.

We recognize that creating a truly inclusive and respectful community where all students achieve, differences are valued, voices are heard, and power is shared requires constant dialogue and hard work. We know we must create safe spaces to openly check each other’s biases and assumptions, talk openly about power and privilege, and ultimately become models of the society and community we wish for our children.

We notice and care.

Building a learning community means developing our grace and courtesy, as well as our empathy and inquiry muscles. Noticing means looking, listening, using our senses, asking questions, and identifying patterns. Caring is taking the next step to inquire about what we have seen, heard, and felt. Caring allows us to reframe problems and see opportunity spaces. It reminds us of our common humanity. 

We work together and create.

We are problem solvers and innovators. Through collaboration we can accomplish more than we can alone and collaborating is a learned skill. We also recognize that our first ideas are not necessarily our best, and it is through prototyping, testing and iterating that we improve. 

We share and reflect.

Our work is always in dialogue with the needs of others. We share our ideas and our creations. We seek feedback to improve our thinking and doing. We ask ourselves what we have learned and what we can do better next time. 

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Nuestros valores nos ayudan realizar nuestro trabajo. Son:

Reconocemos lo humano en todos nosotros al construir nuestra comunidad escolar.

Sabemos que para crear una comunidad respetuosa y verdaderamente INCLUSIVA donde todos los estudiantes logran, las diferencias se valoran, las voces se escuchan y el poder se comparte se requiere un dialogo constante y trabajo fuerte.

Prestamos atención y comprendemos.

Construyendo una comunidad de aprendizaje requiere desarrollar nuestro sentido de gracia, de cortesía, al igual que de  empatía y de curiosidad. Prestar atención significa observar, escuchar, utilizar nuestros sentidos, preguntar e identificar patrones. La comprensión es tomar el próximo paso para indagar sobre lo que hemos observado, escuchado y sentido.

Trabajamos en equipo y creamos.

Resolvemos problemas y somos innovadores. A través de la colaboración podemos lograr más que solos.

Compartimos y reflexionamos.

Nuestro trabajo siempre se realiza en dialogo con las necesidades de otros. Buscamos retroalimentación para mejorar nuestros pensamientos y acciones. Nos preguntamos qué hemos aprendido y qué podemos hacer mejor la próxima vez.

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