Norwalk’s Mission and Portrait of a Learner

Portrait of a Learner: A Collaborative Process

During the 2018-19 school year, our Teaching and Learning SIAC engaged in a collaborative inquiry process to develop our Norwalk CSD Portrait of a Learner.  The collective questions we sought to answer together were:

  • What are the hopes, dreams and aspirations our community has for our young people?
  • What are the skills and habits of mind that our children need for success in this rapidly changing world?
  • What are the implications for the learning experiences we provide in our classrooms?

And ultimately…

What should it take for your graduate to walk across the stage and earn a handshake at graduation?

From this collaborative process, our SIAC was able to develop a new core mission statement that drives our work as a system.

 

Mission Statement: “Growing Learners and Leaders”

In addition to this new mission statement, our SIAC defined five core attributes of learners and leaders in our system:

Norwalk Learners and Leaders are…

Self-Aware:

  • Demonstrates self-efficacy
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset
  • Recognizes strengths and areas of growth
  • Engages in metacognition and reflection

Self-Directed:

  • Proactively sets goals and self-monitors progress
  • Takes purposeful initiative
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm, grit and persistence
  • Cultivates leadership opportunities for self and others

Strategic:

  • Embraces curiosity and inquiry
  • Engages in critical thinking
  • Identifies and solves problems
  • Uses creative and flexible thinking

Socially-Aware:

  • Demonstrates empathy and respect for others
  • Appreciates diversity
  • Develops equity consciousness
  • Listens and communicates effectively

Connected:

  • Engages with the community
  • Understands civic responsibilities
  • Builds healthy relationships
  • Participates in teamwork and collaboration

Contact the Teaching and Learning Department

Address
380 Wright Road
Norwalk, Iowa 50211

Phone
515-981-0676

Fax
515-981-9875

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Amy Gage
Director of Academic Services

Email
agage@norwalk.k12.ia.us

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Dawn Schiro
Director of Continuous Improvement

Email
dschiro@norwalk.k12.ia.us