When traveling in unfamiliar territory, explorers often consult their compasses to ensure they have not lost their way or headed in a direction away from their destination. Defining one direction - north is the value of a compass. All other directions are determined and selected or rejected based on this knowledge.
The compass orients people to the coordinates and points to a course or direction even in forests, deserts, seas, and unsettled terrain.
As educators, we are pioneering and managing in uncharted waters or wilderness. The compass is a leadership and empowerment tool that calibrates to a set of fixed, true north principles. Principles are not practices, but internalized habits and beliefs. They are guidelines for the "Why, Where, and How" of what we do each day.
Our Heritage compass calibrates on our core purpose, core values, and vision for student learning. Our commitment to and ownership for this direction results in great success for our students.