A team of Harwood faculty, administration, and students working together to transform the way we think about what we want Harwood graduates to know, understand, and be able to do.

Expectations of the Harwood Graduate of the Washington West Supervisory Union

In an attempt to ensure that all students leave Harwood Union with a common set of skills, habits of mind, knowledge, and dispositions, Harwood’s community created a profile of the Harwood graduate.  Similar to the Vital Results, these expectations transcend specific disciplines and fields of study. It is the responsibility of all teachers to share in the instruction and assessment of students so as to enable them to demonstrate proficiency in these academic and social/civic components. These expectations work to clarify common outcomes for all of our graduates, no matter which learning pathways they pursue. 

Academic Components

1. Solve complex problems and pose creative solutions.
• Recognize and describe the limits of the problem
• Suggest workable and effective solutions
• Select and try out the best solution
• Revise initial solution or try other solutions and explains why they were not the best and how they address the limits and barriers of the problem

2. Know themselves as learners.
• Identify personal learning style
• Demonstrate initiative
• Set goals
• Identify, select and use resources

3. Demonstrate literacy for a variety of audiences and purposes across content areas:
• reading, writing, and speaking
• numeracy
• information and technology
• visual representation/media

4. Possess intercultural competence
• knowledge of at least one culture other than one's own
• demonstration of the attributes of empathy and understanding
• understanding of the impact of culture in one's own life and others' lives, in communities, and societies

Social/Civic Components

1. Know, show, and value who they are as individuals with dignity, integrity, and confidence
2. Be passionate about something they may pursue
3. Work collaboratively with other individuals and give and receive meaningful and respectful feedback
4. Demonstrate respect and compassion for the environment and humanity
5. Participate in the community and be a responsible citizen in a democratic society
6. Demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks