Portrait of a Graduate
Communicator - Critical Thinker - Collaborator - Contributor
These four competencies are vital to the success of our students. In a world where technology has changed how we communicate, vocations in how we problem solve and find solutions and globalization in how we work with one another, our students must possess these dispositions to grow and thrive. We want our students to be able to communicate effectively with one another. We want them to think critically when presented with a complex issue and find a resolution. We want them to be able to collaborate with those around them. And, perhaps most importantly, we want them to feel safe and loved in our classrooms so they are able to contribute to their learning and that of their peers each and every day.
In the spring of 2018, we engaged nearly 90 members of the community, parents, staff, students, district administrators and school board members in dialogue and discourse around what we believe are those important qualities for our graduates to possess. We will continue engaging you in dialogue, brainstorming and goal setting throughout the 2018-19 school year as we create meaningful experiences for all kids so they can become communicators, critical thinkers, collaborators, and contributors in our world.
Portrait of a Graduate Breakdown
A West Bloomfield School District Graduate has mastered the core competency skills and dispositions to be a:
COLLABORATOR when they work in pairs or groups to discuss an issue, solve a problem, and/or create a product; students are collaborating skillfully when they resolve controversy and conflict through negotiation.
CRITICAL THINKER AND CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVER when they systematically go beyond knowledge reproduction to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, or organize information in ways that generate understandings that are new to them.
COMMUNICATOR when they connect and share ideas, and when they choose the right medium(s) to express their thoughts.
CONTRIBUTOR when they positively impact the surrounding community & world by proactively applying personal awareness and relational skills and also when they implement routines and processes for stress management & self-care; autonomy & accountability; courage, hope & perseverance; and embracing change & conflict.