The implementation of POG is the first step in framing a new vision for the school District. When complete, the Portrait of a Graduate will be a North Star to guide the district’s learning experiences and instructional design in and out of the classroom, this includes the learning experiences of all students Pre-K through 12th grade. In January, the district leaders and administrators began meeting with parents, staff, board members, communities of faith, business and community leaders, policy makers, social service agencies, educators, universities and students to learn the types of 21st Century skills in which stakeholders want students to excel in. There are numerous 21st Century skills, but a few include things like: adaptability, communication, critical thinking, learner's mindset, empathy, and integrity. “Now, more than ever, learning experiences must not only provide the acquisition of rigorous academic content, but they must also foster the development of 21st Century skills that our young people need to thrive in this complex, rapidly changing world,” said Brenda Miller, NWLSD Director of Curriculum.
The district’s team of stakeholders met once per month starting in January, and convened throughout the month of April. The virtual meetings were held on the following dates: January 13, February 11, March 16 and April 14.
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The following emerged during the development and vetting processes of Northwest Local School District Portrait:
• The leadership team assembled a strong, dynamic, and committed team of community members and educators. This team worked well together and stayed mostly intact throughout the entirety of the process and provided critical input to inform the Portrait of a Graduate.
• The leadership team, consisting of the superintendent and other district leaders, were mindful throughout the process of the needs of the students and community. Clearly, this team was uniquely committed to envisioning a brighter future for students in addition to the needs for a continued relevant and rigorous curriculum.
• As the district engaged in the discussions around how the world has changed over the last generation it almost unanimously found “empathy” to be a critical consideration.
• Throughout the design process, the leadership team pushed for unique ways to surface voice and choice by constituents and members of the design team. During the standardization of the process during Meetings 3 and 4 it is usual to gain additional commitment to the work. This process was enhanced as it was clear to the design team that “commitment” was evident. Instead, the time was used to clarify messages and messaging strategies for the roll-out.
• Modifications were made between the final meeting and the anticipated board adoption of the Portrait of a Graduate. Northwest Local’s Portrait of a Graduate will be formally adopted by the school board in May 2021.
• Our Department of Curriculum will begin working with the teaching staff to begin building a curriculum that fosters 21st Century Learning as well as the 6 competencies. Implementation into the curriculum will begin in the 2022-2023 school year.