More on Winooski Graduate Expectations

Deciding on the Graduate Expectations

In addition to the collaborative thinking of the GX team, our Graduate Expectations are based on research, educational standards documents, school models, and ample input from our community. Below is some more information about the decision-making process behind each Graduate Expectation.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

  • #1 choice at the February 2nd Community Learning Conversation
  • Supported by research, standards, and school models


  • 82% of learning conversation respondents agreed that it should be a Graduate Expectation
  • Research supports persistence being a key indicator for students’ future success
  • An opportunity to focus on an important habit for students (“We value what we measure”)

Cross-Cultural Understanding and Community Engagement

  • Cross-Cultural Understanding speaks to the value of diversity in Winooski
  • Community/civic engagement is enumerated in many standards documents and school models

Effective Oral and Written Communication

  • #2 choice at February 2nd Community Learning Conversation
  • Key academic skill, supported by research, standards documents, and school models

Physical, Social, and Emotional Well-Being

  • We know that these are valued in our community based on Neighborhood Learning Conversation and Community Learning Conversation input
  • Chose “well-being” instead of “wellness” because it indicates less of a hard line about what “health” might be
  • It is important that the emphasis is on acknowledging strengths and weaknesses and growing, not on reaching an absolute standard of, for example, physical health

Engagement in Learning

  • Encompasses a number of attributes of learners, including curiosity and creativity (#3 choice at February 2nd Community Learning Conversation), taking initiative and ownership for one’s learning, and the ability to learn something new and become expert in it
  • Word choice was selected from 8 options

Winooski GX Team Members

Hannah Little, WHS student; Indra Acharya, WHS student; Jared Fountain, WMS Student; Tori Cleiland, parent; Raghu Acharya, community member; Brent Litterer, WHS teacher; Steve Crowley, WHS teacher; Shannon Bundy, WHS teacher; Matthew Webb, WHS teacher; Chris Magistrale, MS teacher; Leon Wheeler, WMHS Principal