PRINCIPLES

Principles ensure that our work is focused on systems change or change that involves new ways of applying resources to underlying causes. Systems change happens when an outcome or goal has been attained; the result is either that the cause of the problem is eliminated, or programs, policies, funding streams and/ or services are permanently altered to reduce the impact of the problem on a long-term basis. The Principle tool is critical to developing a working culture among many stakeholder groups. Communities develop and adopt their own Principles that are relevant to their environment and needs.

Alignment works with two types of Principles:

Guiding Principles guide our work as an organization

Principles of Team Work guide how we work together

Examples of Principles

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Guiding Principles:

  • Align and engage all stakeholders throughout the county with strategies in six foundational areas of focus: Education, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Government, Quality of Life and Civic Engagement.
  • Cultivate an environment of mutual trust and collaboration while working with transparency and a high level of accountability.
  • Unify initiatives across the county through a comprehensive, collaborative, multi-faceted process that is recognized as generational, requiring significant time to achieve change and maximum impact.

Principles of Team Work:

  • All teams adhere to the defined team process and structure.
  • All teams design pilot projects based on specific, measurable outcomes.
  • All viewpoints are heard and valued.
  • The team process is collaborative.
  • Alignment Team outcomes must align community resources behind Polk Vision goals (resources are defined as personnel, programs, expertise, money, materials, space, and technology)
  • Teams do not determine WHAT to accomplish; instead, committees determine HOW to accomplish what Polk Vision has determined is needed through its vision process.
  • The committee process must engage community organizations (non-profits, business, schools, colleges and universities, government agencies, students and families, and faith-based organizations)
  • Committee pilot projects are designed based on data and community research.
  • Participation in Alignment Team pilot projects is determined solely by the team.
  • Agendas of individuals and organizations are left at the door.
  • Outcomes are based on the committee agenda.
  • Teams are accountable to the Operating Board.
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Guiding Principles:

  • The outcome of our work is to enable children to be successful.
  • Alignment with MNPS priorities is for the welfare of the community’s children.
  • The work is designed to support the MNPS Strategic Plan.
  • The work is generational.
  • The work is focused on those who most need support in order to be successful.
  • While we are targeting academics we are focusing on the whole child.

Principles of Team Work:

  • All teams adhere to the defined committee process and structure.
  • All teams design pilot projects based on specific, measurable outcomes.
  • All viewpoints are heard and valued.
  • The team process is collaborative.
  • Team outcomes must align community resources behind the public school system goals.
  • Teams do not determine WHAT to accomplish; instead, teams determine HOW to accomplish what the public school system has determined is needed through its strategic planning process.
  • The team process must engage community organizations.
  • Team pilot projects are designed based on data and community research.
  • Participation in team pilot projects is determined solely by the team.
  • Agendas of individuals and organizations are left at the door.
  • Outcomes are based on the team agenda.
  • Teams are accountable to the Operating Board.
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Guiding Principles:

  • Align with the school district’s strategic priorities.
  • Design solutions focusing on high-yield challenges.
  • Solve complex problems.
  • Work of serving public schools is generational.

Principles of Team Work:

  • All team work and outcomes must be designed to achieve Rockford Public Schools’ strategic plan and goals. (Teams determine HOW, not WHAT, to accomplish.)
  • All teams will adhere to and apply the Alignment Rockford leadership values, which are:
    • We work with a spirit of unity.
    • Our relationships are based on trust.
    • Our focus is on our children’s needs.
    • We promote life-long learning.
  • All teams will adhere to the defined team process and structure.
  • The team process is a collaborative process which seeks, listens to and values diverse viewpoints.
  • The team process must actively engage community individuals and organizations that bring resources to achieve results.
  • Agendas of individuals and organizations are left at the door.
  • All teams will design pilot projects based on data and community research to achieve specific, measurable results.
  • All teams are accountable to the Alignment Rockford Operating Board.
  • All teams meetings, processes and outcomes will be open and transparent.
  • All teams will celebrate successes.