Shared Valued Outcomes Q&A
What Are Our Shared Valued Outcomes (SVOs)?
Thinkers, Problem Solvers, Communicators, Collaborators, Innovators, and Committed Individuals are the six key attributes that the North Shore School District has outlined in our districtwide learning initiative. The Shared Valued Outcomes (SVOs) is a long-term plan developed by our District leaders in combination with our core constituencies to improve the quality of education for our K-12 students. Overall, they are the Necessary Skills and Associated Dispositions/Behaviors that Contribute to Being Successful in School and Beyond(please see the SVOs graphic below or the attached pdf).
What Areas Will We Focus On Now And In The Future?
This school year, we will continue to focus on key components outlined in the SVOs with emphasis on two specific areas including problem solvers and committed individuals. Our students with their teachers in grades K-12 will explore learning progressions and create work primarily in these two areas. This means that we will explore problem solvers and committed individuals and build developmentally appropriate strands so that our students can demonstrate that they know and are able to demonstrate their mastery of each. Our administrators and faculty are currently working on refining the definitions and descriptors of all six SVO attributes to make sure they reflect a common understanding of our current goals. Additionally, they will be developing a “child-friendly” version with language that can be used in our classrooms.
What Has Been Done To Date Districtwide?
The SVO’s began in 2015 when North Shore administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students were asked the question, “What do you value most in a child’s education?” It was agreed that we did not want traditional and/or standardized exams to be the only factor in determining a child’s learning skills. After reviewing the combined outcomes represented by our core constituencies, District leaders introduced the six key attributes of the SVOs (Thinkers, Problem Solvers, Communicators, Collaborators, Innovators, and Committed Individuals) that were felt to best prepare our students for college, work, and life. The primary goal of the SVOs is to provide our students with the necessary skills to not only be successful in school, but even more importantly to be successful citizens in the world for the rest of their lives.
Throughout the years, the SVO’s have been implemented in all five of the North Shore Schools in grades K-12. Their definitions and descriptors have been incorporated into the lessons of our faculty. Districtwide, our students have had many opportunities to practice them and create classwork around them. During each summer, administrators collect and document samples of the K-12 work in an effort to conduct benchmark analysis and further determine what needs to be improved within the SVOs. This past summer, a workshop was conducted with teachers, parents and students for further study, inquiry, and analysis.
Additionally, a greater effort has been made to incorporate the SVOs into our integrated school communications to ensure that the Shared Valued Outcomes are known and understood by all of our constituents in the North Shore community. In addition to the school website at www.northshoreschools.org and district emails, information about the SVOs can be found in school newsletters and print materials, in parent meetings, and school board discussions.