7 Building Blocks

Seven Building Blocks of Principal Leadership

I, the Principal, understand that I play a key role in creating a values-centered school culture. Therefore, I pledge to be consistent and proactive in leading the school each day by:

  • Using the Values Code words daily in all speech and written documents, such as announcements, student-parent handbooks, and student referrals.
  • Frequently encouraging teachers and staff throughout the day to use the Values Code terminology as a common language in all classroom instruction and interactions with students, staff, and parents.
  • Regularly integrating the Values Code into the school culture when creating mission statements, school plans, academic achievement records, annual calendars, visual displays, and report cards, and by creating a school-wide discipline plan centered around the Values Code.
  • Creating and implementing evaluation and observation techniques and instruments that specifically evaluate whether your school is successfully infusing values into students' lives. Use these instruments three times a year to provide feedback to teachers and staff.
  • Reminding students and staff to keep a Values Code card on the refrigerator at home, and encouraging staff to utilize the Values Code terminology when communicating with parents.
  • Proactively and personally training new teachers in how to implement the Values Code, and utilize time during staff development meetings to encourage and have teachers share Values Infusion methods.
  • Committing to memory these Seven Building Blocks of Principal Leadership, the Values Code, and the Six Building Blocks of Values Infusion, in order to create a values-centered learning environment.

Who We Are

ValuesFirst a non-religious, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is a character education initiative created by a group of District of Columbia teachers, students, and principals. The Values Code Initiative centers on training teachers, principals, and staff in building character in children by instilling in them the importance of values in their everyday lives.