Mission, Values and Equity

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Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District responds to the unique needs of students, educators, and school districts with innovation, quality and trusted experience.


  • Integrity: Behavior based on beliefs. "Doing the right thing even when no one is watching."

  • Innovation: Unique, specialized design and delivery of programs and services.

  • Accountability: Operating in a manner that is above reproach to utilize resources for maximum results for students and stakeholders.

  • Respect: Welcoming environment where differences in staff, students and districts are valued for the richness they bring to discussion, decisions and programs.

  • Collaboration: Working with parents, families, students, districts and other agencies to develop effective and meaningful programming for students.

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Commitment to equity

At Northeast Metro 916, equity means that everyone has access to what they individually need in order to learn, grow and thrive.

At Northeast Metro 916, equity is a core component of all our work and is necessary to maximize the potential of each individual students, staff and family. We believe equity is a continuous and challenging process in which we must work to recognize and reduce assumptions and biases to truly understand the needs and potential of those whom we support. We are dedicated to fully engaging with others about our differences and deepening conversations around dignity, inclusion and culture. We will hold ourselves accountable for our words and actions through our everyday interactions with each other. We are committed to using equity to guide all interactions, decisions, and instruction.

Using an equity lens will aid in uncovering patterns of inequality, while sharpening the focus on outcomes.

  • Who are the underserved groups affected? (Including, but not limited to: gender, sexual orientation, race, culture, disability, religion, age, etc.)

  • Does the decision being made ignore or worsen existing disparities or produce other unintended consequences?

  • ​What is the impact on eliminating the opportunity/achievement gap?

  • How will you meet the individual and cultural needs of each learner and community?​