Recognizing Core 4 in your department

Many departments and schools throughout the district already have ways to celebrate team members who embody the district’s Core 4 culture tenets. But for those that don’t, here are some tips. Student success is at the core of the district’s culture tenets. That’s why it’s important to model and recognize when team members exemplify them by being:

  • Focused on transforming student lives
  • Fast by working with urgency for all 
  • Flexible when striving for the yes
  • Friendly to make memorable moments

Department recognitions

Central departments are encouraged to hold monthly recognitions to highlight outstanding examples of those embracing the culture tenets. These employees can then be submitted for recognition in central quarterly recognitions. 

Departments can hold recognitions as frequently as every month by asking team members, parents and the community (when appropriate) to share instances where someone has exemplified one of the tenets in an outstanding way. The example should be specific and mention the tenet and how the person being recognized exceeded expectations during their interaction. We recommend that examples be submitted in writing or by creating a Google form using these instructions. We recommend designating a Core 4 coordinator or ambassador for each department to gather these nominations, to coordinate who is chosen each month for recognition, and to share them with the department and, later, the districtwide recognition committee.

Once team members have been chosen by departments, we encourage you to share their names with the rest of the team by:

  • Setting up a Core 4 Board in the employee lounge
  • Announcing them in meetings
  • Adding a Core 4 card to their door or workstation

Keep an eye on The Beat for the next call for Core 4 champion nominations. To see the winners from this past quarter, click here

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