The definition of Integrity is "steadfast adherence to a moral code." Integrity has it's roots in the latin integritas, from integer, whole - meaning "the quality or condition of being whole or undivided; complete."
Integrity is an ongoing active, life long practice of staying undivided in an effort to become whole.
My life has been blessed with many role models for integrity. My father, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, have all been men and women of courage who stood for the core values of integrity.
Throughout my life and work, I have always tried to create circles of trust that allowed participants to build a community. In these classroom communities, we have participants develop a sense of authenticity and vulnerability.
Integrity builds trust. Research in education has proven that high relational trust and trust building allow schools to better serve students. (Bryk and Schneider, Trust in Schools, 2004) . Trust holds schools together and trust holds relationships together.
"Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; it's choosing what is right over what is fun, fast or easy; and it's practicing your values, not just professing them." - Brene Brown
"Integrity is an unending process of letting our inner experience and our outer experience complete each other, in spite of our human lapses." - Mark Nepo