key beliefs?

I’m a part of our district’s literacy task force.  At our last meeting we were assigned the task of writing a mission statement for the teaching of writing & reading within our district.  So what are some of your KEY BELIEFS when it comes to teaching writing & reading?  I’ll share my list later — I’d love to hear what others think.  Please, please leave a comment (can you hear the groveling?).  🙂