District works to create a North Star that will guide #TheirFuture


District works to create a North Star that will guide #TheirFuture

December 5, 2016
photo of students sitting and lying down while reading

Alternative seating areas allow students to choose seating that makes reading more enjoyable.

As you may know, the Warwick Valley Central School District has embarked on a district-wide initiative called “#TheirFuture,” the goal of which is to develop a shared vision for the future of our school district.

This shared vision includes the values, ideas and opinions of Board of Education members, administrators, teachers, students, parents and community members, who will continue to contribute to the process of redesigning the WVCSD education program.

A big part of this process is identifying our “North Star” – a point that we can collectively aim for in redesigning our district to be a place of great learning – one that aligns with the demands of the 21st century and affords our students every opportunity for success in life after high school.

Once that aiming point, or North Star, is identified and agreed upon, it will guide the district over the foreseeable future. Teams of educators will work together – and, in fact, have already begun this work – to research, design, prototype, pilot and assess new practices and programs that align with this all-district North Star vision.

Based on feedback received from teachers, students, parents and community members over the past year, three areas of broad consensus have emerged. These three areas have given us a basis on which to build our North Star:

  • Literacy
  • Curriculum
  • Instruction
photo of students reading books in the classroom

These students get comfortable in the classroom, enjoying their reading time.

Changes in these areas will result in more engaged students, and an increase in the range of courses of study and the degree of choices that students may pursue within existing subject areas. This will help prepare students for “life beyond.”

Currently, the District’s North Star has been drafted, and will be considered for adoption by the Board of Education at an upcoming board meeting.

In the meantime, look for articles on this website and elsewhere that carry the #TheirFuture hashtag. These stories will illustrate the District’s commitment to aligning education in our classrooms with our community’s shared vision of great learning!

FAQs about #TheirFuture

Update on #TheirFuture from the September 2016 BOE meeting

Teachers work to hone the District's North Star during a November Superintendent's Conference Day.

Teachers work to hone the District’s North Star during a Nov. Superintendent’s Conference Day.


photo of educational consultant G. Lichtman working with teachers.

Grant Lichtman, a nationally recognized leader in the drive to transform K-12 education, works with Warwick teachers during a recent Conference Day.


Photo of teacher putting post-it-note on board.

A teacher posts her thoughts to the idea board during a recent work session on the North Star.


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