We’ll place equity at the center.
We are squarely committed to advancing opportunities and outcomes for students of color, students with disabilities, English learners, economically disadvantaged students, immigrant and undocumented youth, rural students, and all who have been historically underserved in Tennessee. There is no excellence without equity. 

We’ll coalesce around “the 80%”.
Partners acknowledge, respect and celebrate the diversity of organizational missions and priorities represented within The Alliance. Because of this, partners proactively seek consensus and strategically pursue actions that build on shared issues and concerns – put colloquially, “the 80% we agree on.”

We will have flexible engagement.
We understand the demanding nature of the work partners do and offer opportunities for flexible engagement and different modalities for input. Allies decide on a case-by-case basis which advocacy actions and publications they sign on to and support. 

We’ll prioritize community, collegiality and confidentiality.
We take interest in each other as people and care for the health of individuals and organizations as a means to sustain and grow The Alliance. We maintain the confidentiality of what is shared in meetings and agree to keep embargoed publication drafts private.