500.00 – Statement of Guiding Principles

The Board of Directors intends to protect the rights of each student and promote the welfare of all students simultaneously.

Policies in this series are enacted to aid in providing quality experiences for students in all activities related to the educational program. It is the purpose of the Board to provide opportunities for all students to become productive citizens as adults.

Statement of Beliefs
  1. Although students learn in a variety of ways, all students can learn.
  2. Students must take responsibility/ownership for their learning.
  3. Higher expectations lead to higher results.
  4. Education is a partnership that requires communication among schools, family, community.
  5. Learning is a lifelong journey.
  6. A safe environment that fosters dignity, tolerance, diversity, and respect, enhances learning.
  7. Students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs must be met for learning to take place.
  8. Students need positive role models.


Colfax-Mingo’s vision for learning is to ensure curriculum, instruction, and assessment are student-centered and focused on continuous improvement. Meaningful learning is achieved through collaboration, technology integration, and high expectations for all.

STUDENT CENTERED: Student-centered classrooms will differentiate instruction by using student assessment information to guide instruction that uses effective teaching strategies to meet all student needs academically, emotionally, and socially.

Student engagement will be emphasized in classrooms by providing instruction that includes discussions, opportunities for collaboration, and incorporates student interests and choices.

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT: Continuous Improvement for students will occur through teacher collaboration in Professional Learning Communities (PLC) where teachers reflect on student data, respond with effective teaching practices, utilize student reflection and goal setting followed by opportunities for intervention and enrichment to ensure student growth.

Continuous improvement for teachers will be supported through individualized professional growth plans aligned with professional development, whereby teacher leadership and instructional coaching opportunities are provided.

MEANINGFUL LEARNING: Meaningful learning will be achieved through project-based activities, cross-curricular opportunities, and real-world connections with instruction that emphasizes the application of knowledge, explaining the thinking, and supporting answers.

TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION: Technology integration will be used to enhance instruction by providing opportunities for learning, applying knowledge, connecting globally, and becoming responsible users of technology.


Colfax-Mingo Community School District’s mission is to ensure a community that fosters life-long learners, independent thinkers, and productive citizens contributing in a dynamic, diverse world.


Together Everyone Achieves


Date of Adoption: July 1, 1985

Reviewed & Revised: August 15, 1994; March 27, 2000; January 27, 2003; January 21, 2008; March 15, 2019