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Asking team members to describe what newly defined standards mean to them is one way to make them come alive in the organization. In this video, a variety of stakeholders were asked to share their thoughts on the Actions of Excellence in Warren County Public Schools.

A video by Warren County Public Schools
  • How do standards, or Actions of Excellence, align all employees to the core values and mission?
  • How often do you follow your organization’s standards? Can you identify opportunities for improvement? 
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well from the very beginning we wanted
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to create an organization that not only
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serves as a model for the state of
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Kentucky but across the nation and one
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of the foundational pieces of that is to
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examine an organization’s culture and
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with the dialogue and the communication
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that we had with individuals not only
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associated with Warren County Public
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Schools but with consulting groups we
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felt that it was best to begin to look
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at our values here in Warren County
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Schools and then to communicate those
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values to all of our constituents not
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just our students and staff but also our
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entire community
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I think it is important for us to have a
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unified goal and a mission across Warren
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County Public Schools because daily we
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are engaged with one of those precious
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resources which is kids and for us to
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have these actions of excellence and for
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us to exemplify them and our own
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character traits as we come to school
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daily I think will only help them see
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that example in us and then be able to
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use those traits and carry them out
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daily to have a successful learning
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career themselves when teachers are
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positive it’s like reactions there’s
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going to be a positive reaction in the
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students it’s like a chain reaction so
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teachers are happy the kids are happy I
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think the big thing is that we have to
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as professionals and staff members who
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work in schools understand what it is
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that our goals are and how we’re serving
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our community we are a service industry
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whether we like the sound of it or not
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it’s a beautiful thing that we’re here
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to serve others and we’re always here to
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make sure that we strive to welcome our
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parents and family members and community
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members that we are a big piece of this
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this community and they need our efforts
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to to ensure that our kids are learning
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and prosperous and able to meet their
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individual goals because those young
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people will be leading our or our world
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in a very short time
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I want the teachers to make me feel
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welcomed and like greet me in the
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hallways and make me feel like I’m part
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of that school I like it when my teacher
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helps me with my homework I still that
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struggle in my teacher gives me hugs we
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are providing a service daily that the
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students will learn and we are expected
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to teach them to guide them to nurture
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them to be professional so I believe
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that it’s really important that we use
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these actions of excellence so that we
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are providing the students with what
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they need to be successful in the future
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[Music]
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well we want to create a best place to
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work the best place to educate our
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students in the best place for parents
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to send their kids and in order to do
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that you have to look at an
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organization’s culture we know we have
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tremendous people many of them go above
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and beyond who stay to ensure our top 3
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priorities of ensuring safety student
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learning and student opportunities but
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we want to be very systematic with our
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approach in order to do that we have to
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begin by identifying what those core
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values are and then developing those
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actions of excellence
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I think our entire staff is respectful
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and United whether it be your bus driver
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first thing in the morning your office
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staff cafeteria workers school nurse
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teachers we all have our own role but we
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all come together as one to ensure that
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our students are having a great day
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they’re safe and sometimes we even our
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jobs roll over to each others it’s not
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just my jobs this and your job is that
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and if I need to clean up something in
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the hallway that’s what I’m gonna do to
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ensure a child safety they’ll prepare
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everything to look nice and then they
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like clean everything and make
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everything look nice for the parents and
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the kids they get to know you and they
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just like it welcome you every day and
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they communicate with you
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I love friendly teachers when they’re
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joyful and they’re happy and they’re
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excited that’s just like let’s go
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[Music]
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click with horn cane skills we have so
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many schools and so many students and
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therefore so many staff members we
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really work hard to to make sure that
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we’re all unified using the same
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language and common language to make
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sure that we serve our community as well
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well know of anything any more important
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and educating our young people and being
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consistent across the board in our
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efforts to serve them in efficient
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fashion we also serve our community a
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great fashion also I think it goes
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beyond the classroom
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it goes into parents how we address
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parents how we handle situations with
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them how we bring them into our
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classroom and not cut them off at the
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door but open it up and show that
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professionalism in that respect so that
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they feel valued the teacher can tell
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you you can do this and I believe in you
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I feel welcome and I can’t just miles
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there speck you but just looking at you
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when you’re talking just be nice now
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like include everyone and make it happy
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not happy around that’s not is that
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incessant your students are gonna
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reflect off of you so if you’re happy
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they’ll have they’ll be happy
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well at the end of the day we’re judged
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by the product that we deliver and they
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talk about k-12 organizations were
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talking about our students and their
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ability to be successful beyond their
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k12 experience so my vision is to ensure
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that each and every student has the
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necessary skills to be successful no
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matter what they choose to do upon
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graduation we want them to not only be
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prepared for college but a particular
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career are certainly a service in the
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military and we are a key critical
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component of ensuring that our students
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can be successful

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