Written by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur California Province 2005 www.snddenca.org
The Notre Dame de Namur Learning Community Hallmarks describe the essential characteristics, values, and activities of a Notre Dame learning community (i.e., school or university). The seven Hallmarks are followed by supporting statements that add meaning and direction to each core Hallmark. The Notre Dame Hallmarks emerged in response to the question from both the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and their co-workers: “What makes our school a Notre Dame school?”
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, in collaboration with the learning communities, began a process to explore this question. The process gave birth to these “living statements”, statements that will continue to develop over time and are relevant to the times, ones which inspire faithfulness to the spirituality and mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for generations to come.
These Notre Dame Hallmarks are used through a reflection-action-reflection process, whereby each learning community, on a regular basis, metaphorically takes a look in the mirror and based on what it sees, makes choices for continued development. Thus, the Hallmarks give value-based direction for decisions and activities so that the learning community continues to express the spirituality and mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.