Educator Essentials & Core Values

  • At Portland Public Schools, every employee is an educator. A school district is a community of adults that supports student learning in various ways. After all, despite doing different jobs, we share a common goal of delivering graduates that are prepared to thrive in their lives and career.

    Our Vision: A graduate of Portland Public Schools will be a compassionate critical thinker, able to collaborate and solve problems and prepared to lead a more socially just world.

    For this to vision to be realized, the adults supporting students must model a specific set of attributes we call the Educator Essentials. Furthermore, it’s not just what we do, it’s how we do it. Subsequently, we’ve captured our beliefs in Core Values to guide action toward our vision.

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  • Educator Essentials

    The attributes – knowledge, skills, mindsets, and dispositions - needed from adults to support the Graduate Portrait.

  • Consistent and Reliable

  • Knowledgeable and Committed to Lifelong Learning

  • Racial Equity and Social Justice Centered

  • Inclusive and Responsive to Diverse Learners

  • Community-minded, Connected, and Collaborative

  • Innovative, Global, and Pragmatic

  • Caring, Empathetic, and Relational

  • Adaptive, Resilient, and Open to Change

  • Core Values

    The organization’s enduring beliefs that guide action toward a collective vision.

  • Students at the Center

  • Racial Equity and Social Justice

  • Honesty and Integrity

  • Excellence

  • Respect

  • Relationships

  • Creativity and Innovation

  • Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Grounded in the Spirit of Portland

  • Joyful Learning and Leadership