Principles of A-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 team meetings, processes and outcomes will be open and transparent.
- All teams will celebrate successes.
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Outlined below are the five phases of Alignment Rockford's process for committee work.
1. Tactical Planning – In response to an unmet student need, the committee conducts research and creates a detailed plan to implement a pilot project that includes measures of effectiveness.
2. Community Engagement – Through an invitation to participate, community organizations are asked to join in the implementation of pilot programs.
3. Implementation and Evaluation – Communications between pilot program agencies and the committee ensures implementation fidelity and accountability. Effectiveness is regularly evaluated.
4. Scaling Up – Based on early success, the pilot is extended beyond the original scope.
5. Institutionalization – Once measured to be effective on a large scale, the program becomes integrated within the District 205 structure.