Valor Scholar Phase System 2.0 Scope & Sequence
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Compass Phase System 2.0 Scope & Sequence
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The purpose of this document is to provide a high level Scope & Sequence of Phase Work 2.0, including an overarching goal and brief description of each piece of work. This document is organized by phase and - other than the Initial Commitment Phase - includes one piece of phase work per Compass Discipline. The Initial Commitment Phase is intentionally "short and sweet" and serves as a springboard into each of the other, more comprehensive phases.
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Initial Commitment Compass Phase
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Sharp Mind: Face Test
Goal: Scholars show curiosity about others as a foundation towards relationship development.
Phase Work Description: Scholars spend a brief period of time with each member of their Pride during Pride Time, lunch, or any opportunity that they may have. During this time they will work towards learning each other's names and some about one another. During each exchange, scholars write three "fun facts" about the person who they are speaking to. In order to complete this piece of phase work, each scholar have to pass the Face Test in Circle. The Face Test includes saying each person's first and last name.
Habit Focus: Curiosity & Diversity
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Noble Purpose: Life Story 1.0: My Artifact
Goal: Scholars express a part of themselves with their Prides, feel seen by their community, and make connections with personal values, Valor commitments, and Valor Compass Habits.
Phase Work Description: Prior to bringing in a personal artifact, scholars reflect on their personal values, make connections between roles and values, note the importance of each Valor commitment, and make connections to some of the Compass Habits. Scholars then bring in a personal artifact to share with their Pride in Circle. The artifact can be a photo, an object, or anything that represents aspects of themselves and portrays what they value. Scholars go through a semi-structured process of sharing their artifact - and themselves - with their Pride.
Habit Focus: Identity & Joy
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Commitment Compass Phase
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True North: Commitment Phase Playlist
Goal: Scholars become familiar and comfortable with posting attention through their "sense doors" and on their breath via the Valor Core Practice. By the end of this phase, scholars can post attention and use noting for 3 minutes plus additional time in a seated posture for preparation and release of the practice.
Phase Work Description: Scholars work through an internally developed, audio playlist of guided True North (mindfulness) recordings and then lead their Pride through a related practice as the culmination of this piece of phase work.
Habit Focus: Presence & Balance
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Sharp Mind: Diversity Snapshot
Goal: Scholars develop greater awareness of the diversity that exists in the Valor community.
Phase Work Description: Scholars learn about infographics and their power to communicate using drawings, symbols, words, and more. Then, scholars connect with a variety of other scholars and systematically collect data about them in order to determine the diversity that exists in the Valor community. Next they create an infographic to represent their findings. Scholars present their infographics in Circle and reflect on prompts such as, "I found it surprising that ...", "I was unaware that ...", etc.
Habit Focus: Diversity & Curiosity
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Big Heart: Limelight
Goal: Scholars feel seen, acknowledged, and valued with a community of care and have opportunities to acknowledge their featured and less prominently featured strengths and values.
Phase Work Description: Scholars participate in the Circle exercise "Limelight" whereby all members of their Pride, including their mentor, share an Appreciation. During Circle another participant writes down everything that is shared during the exercise. Following Circle, scholars work through a guided process of reflection on featured and un-featured strengths and values.
Habit Focus: Kindness & Courage [& Identity]
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Noble Purpose: Life Story 2.0: Identity Deck
Goal: Scholars gain greater awareness of aspects of their identity.
Phase Work Description: Scholars create a deck of "identity cards". The top of the deck includes a photo of the scholar. Each card within the deck focuses on a featured characteristics of themselves (e.g., gender, religion, ethnicity, important relationships, preferred hobbies and places where time is spent, greater awareness of featured strengths, skills, and values, future hopes and dreams, and important, non-material gifts from important people, etc.). Scholars draw, use symbols, write, etc. to express these aspects of their identity. Prompts and ideas for different ways of expressing these aspects of themselves are provided. Scholars share their identity cards with their Pride in Circle via a seated gallery walk.
Habit Focus: Identity
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Aligned Actions: Valor Commitments
Goal: Scholars show determination through deliberate practice to internalize the Valor commitments, make connections to the importance of these commitments in daily life, and intentionally live them out.
Phase Work Description: Scholars choose from a variety of grade-level articles related to the theme of determination and answer related reflection questions. Following this process of exploration and reflection of determination in the outside world, scholars increase awareness of their own determination through reflection on past experiences when they have shown perseverance and determination. Next, scholars spend time exploring and reflecting on the Valor commitments in order to become more familiar with them and to make personal connections with them. Scholars then spend time exploring principles of deliberate practice (1.) having a clear goal, 2.) utilizing a variety of practice modalities (i.e., flip chart, keywords, acronyms, drawings, poems, etc.) and 3.) monitoring progress and applying strategies to memorize the Valor Commitments. To internalize the commitments on a felt-sense level, scholars set goals for each of the commitments and live them out. Scholars then demonstrate mastery of the commitments by presenting them to their Pride. Scholars will share reflections on one of the Valor Commitments and its importance to them personally and to their community.
Habit Focus: Determination & Integrity
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Relationship Work x1: Scholars are responsible for doing one piece of Relationship Work outside of Circle during this phase.
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Community Service: Scholars are responsible for completing 3 hours of community service and reflecting on the experiences. Community service can take place within a scholar's family, the Valor community, or within the greater Nashville community.
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Exploration Compass Phase
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True North: Exploration Phase Playlist
Goal: Scholars become familiar and comfortable with posting their attention on their breath, noticing wandering of the mind and returning to the breath for increasingly longer durations of time via the Valor Core Practice. By the end of this phase, scholars can post attention and use noting for 3 minutes plus additional time in a seated posture for preparation and release of the practices.
Phase Work Description: Scholars work through an internally developed, audio playlist of guided True North (mindfulness) recordings and then lead their Pride through a related practice as the culmination of this piece of phase work.
Habit: Presence & Balance
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Sharp Mind: Strength in Diversity
Goal: Scholars recognize diversity in the Valor community and the strength that lies in this diversity through identifying the values of those different from themselves.
Phase Work Description: Scholars interview other members of the Valor community who are characterized by a major line(s) of difference - gender, religion, race, etc. - in order to learn more about their diverse characteristics and to collaboratively identify values that are connected to, associated with, or are rooted in these unique characteristics.
Habit Focus: Diversity & Curiosity
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Big Heart: If You Really Knew Me or 1,000 Questions *Scholars choose to complete either If You Really Knew Me or 1,000 Questions for the Big Heart piece of phase work for the Exploration Phase.
Goal: Scholars show courage by sharing about themselves with their community, develop greater understanding of their values, and create connection with others around shared values.
Phase Work Description [If You Really Knew Me]: Prior to the Circle Exercise, scholars are prompted to think about statements they may consider sharing. Prompts include, "The hardest thing I have ever done is...", "The most important person in my life is...", etc. Scholars participate in this Circle Exercise by making statements that begin with "If you really knew me you would know..." A community member writes down everything that is shared. Following the Circle Exercise, scholars are guided through an inquiry and reflection process for the purpose of shedding light on featured values.
Phase Work Description [1,000 Questions]: Prior to the Circle Exercise, scholars are prompted to think through possible responses to the featured questions - "What are you afraid of?" and "What are you proud of?". Scholars then participate in this Circle Exercise by repeatedly answering one of two questions: “What are you proud of?” or “What are you afraid of?”. A community member writes down everything that is shared. Following the Circle Exercise, scholars are guided through an inquiry and reflection process for the purpose of shedding light on featured values.
Habit Focus: Courage [& Identity]
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Noble Purpose: Life Story 3.0: Strengths 360
Goal: Scholars use the aware-explore-apply strengths-based approach to gaining greater awareness of and use of their signature, middle, and lesser strengths.
Phase Work Description: Scholars first identify strengths in others through use of "strengths goggles". After training themselves to see strengths, scholars begin the work of identiying, or becoming more aware of, their signature strengths by taking the Values in Action (VIA) Youth Survey and reflecting on the outcomes. Exploration of their strengths includes speaking with close others to explore when strengths have been used in the past, what it "looks like" when strengths are used, and the multitude of benefits. Application develops as scholars are challenged to use some of their strengths in new ways. This process generates an additional chapter of their Life Stories. Scholars then present some of their findings through the Circle exercise "I Am".
Habit Focus: Identity [& Curiosity]
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Aligned Actions: 30 Day-Challenge
Goal: Scholars show determination in developing a new skill over a 1 month period.
Phase Work Description: Scholars first reflect on the power of practice via watching pre-selected, short videos and answering a number of related questions. Then, scholars gain awareness of the nature of deliberate practice and apply this understanding to one of three provided choice tasks. Lastly, scholars identify a skill that they would like to hone for 1 month [e.g., typing, juggling, knot tying, etc.] and commit to consistent, deliberate practice. Scholars will reflect on challenges, growth, values, etc. and will share some of their reflections with their Pride.
Habit Focus: Determination & Integrity
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Relationship Work x1: Scholars are responsible for doing one piece of Relationship Work outside of Circle during this phase.
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Community Service: Scholars are responsible for completing 5 hours of community service and reflecting on the experiences. Community service can take place within a scholar's family, the Valor community, or within the greater Nashville community.
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Responsibility Compass Phase
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True North: Responsibility Phase Playlist
Goal: Scholars become increasing familiar and comfortable with posting attention on the breath, noticing and labeling the wandering of the mind, and returning to their breath for increasingly longer durations of time via the Valor Core Practice. By the end of this phase, scholars can post attention and use noting for 5 minutes plus additional time in a seated posture for preparation and release of the practices.
Phase Work Description: Scholars work through an internally developed, audio playlist of guided True North (mindfulness) recordings and then lead their Pride through a related practice as the culmination of this piece of phase work. Emphasis is also placed on use of body scans, mantra (silently repeated words), and labeling using "positive", "negative", and "neutral".
Habit Focus: Presence & Balance
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Sharp Mind: Balancing Perspectives
Goal: Scholars gain an understanding of the existence of multiple perspectives and develop an awareness that values are foundational to shaping opinions and perspectives. Scholars seek to understand and appreciate others' points of view by identifying values that underly, or are foundational to others' opposing perspectives, and which may align with, or be shared values.
Phase Work Description: Scholars identify a topic of interest and, following investigation and tapping into background knowledge, articulate their perspective. Scholars then identify the values that underpin their perspective. Then scholars do a random sampling to investigate others' perspective on this topic within the Valor community. Next, scholars hone in on one person in their Pride who has an opposing opinion and work with this person to unearth their personal values that underpin their perspective. Scholars identify shared values within opposing perspectives. Scholars present their findings during Circle and co-reflect on the process with the person who they interviewed.
Habit Focus: Diversity of Perspective & Curiosity
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Big Heart: Gratitude Attitude
Goal: Scholars increase their awareness of gratitude, what it means to feel gratitude, and develop the habit of regularly showing gratitude.
Phase Work Description: Scholars explore gratitude, understand some of its many benefits, experience savoring, and participate in a "Gratitude Challenge" where they are responsible for noting people, things, experiences that they are grateful for each day. This piece of phase work culminates with inviting a family member to Circle and sharing gratitude with them. Scholars will also have the option of video taping this interaction and sharing it in Circle.
Habit Focus: Kindness & Courage
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Noble Purpose: Life Story 4.0: Using My Strengths
Goal: Scholars increase awareness of the impact of both preferred and non-preferred storylines associated with a concern, feel separate from/de-identify from their concern (i.e., externalize it), identify strengths that can be used to face this concern, and realize the power that comes from their strengths to manage challenges in their lives in general.
Phase Work Description: Scholars brainstorm a number of current challenges or concerns, with the ultimate goal of choosing one to focus on. Scholars then identify the impact that this challenge or concern has on them through identification of common associated statements or storylines. Scholars then counter these statements with statements that go against the negative and detracting storylines. Through the Weathering Storms Circle Exercise, scholars will hear both the preferred and the non-preferred statements that they have identified and will choose to "be in relationship" with these storylines in new ways via utilization of their strengths. Scholars create a plan for use of strengths in future situations. This piece of phase work is a pathway towards an additional chapter of their Life Stories.
Habit Focus: Identity
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Aligned Actions: Valor Commitments in Action
Goal: Scholars embody and live out the Valor commitments through a variety of tasks.
Phase Work Description: First, scholars go to a younger Pride to speak with them about how they live out the Valor Commitments and about any commitments where they think there is more room for growth. Next, scholars live out the commitment to "leave no community member behind" by working with a scholar in their Pride and/or in Compass Class who is off-track with his/her phase work. Lastly, scholars observe members of their Pride to identify others who are and are not living out Valor Commitments. In Circle, scholars publically share their observations and make commitments to support the scholar(s) who they identify as not being aligned with the commitments.
Habit Focus: Integrity
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Relationship Work x2: Scholars are responsible for doing one piece of Relationship Work outside of Circle during this phase.
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Community Service: Scholars are responsible for completing 7 hours of community service and reflecting on the experiences. Community service can take place within a scholar's family, the Valor community, or within the greater Nashville community.
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Community Compass Phase
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True North: Community Phase Playlist
Goal: Scholars become increasinlgy familiar and comfortable with posting attention on the breath, noticing and labeling the wandering of the mind, and returning to their breath for increasingly longer durations of time via the Valor Core Practice. By the end of this phase, scholars can post attention and use noting for 7 minutes plus additional time in a seated posture for preparation and release of the practices. Additional opportunities for choice of attention/presence strategies are provided.
Phase Work Description: Scholars work through an internally developed, audio playlist of guided True North (mindfulness) recordings and then lead their Pride through a related practice as the culmination of this piece of phase work.
Habit Focus: Presence & Balance
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Sharp Mind: Community Re-Design
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Scholars identify a Valor-wide, or community level, concern using 1.) their strengths and 2.) the process of Design Thinking to generate multiple solutions to this concern.
Phase Work Description: Scholars reflect individually and communicate with other Valor community members to identify Valor-level/community-wide concerns. Scholars hone in on one and use a Design Thinking process as well as intentionally use their strengths to design around this enduring problem. Scholars present their diverse perspectives on this identified issue in their Circle.
Habit Focus: Curiosity & Diversity of Perspective
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Big Heart: Kindness Master Plan
Goal: Scholars create a "felt experience" of kindness towards self and others over an extended period of time and will solidify an understanding of themselves as kind.
Phase Work Description: Scholars ask trusted people in their life to write notes about how they have shown kindness in the past. These will be kept as sealed letters to read at the close of the piece of phase work. Scholars learn about a variety of forms of kindness to self (i.e., self-care, True North practices, etc.) and others (i.e., being a good friend, supporting those in needs through community service, etc.) and utilize this knowledge to develop a personalized "Big Heart Master Plan". Scholars will execute their "Big Heart Master Plan" and reflect on the experience. The culmination of this phase work includes a family member, or other special person, coming to Circle to share a story(ies) of kindness and/or having the mentor read a letter that was written about the scholar regarding kindness from a parent, or other trusted adult.
Habit Focus: Kindness & Courage
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Noble Purpose: Life Story 5.0: Shining Lights & Casting Shadows
Goal: The goal of this piece of badge work is to shine the light on aligned storylines and stereotypes and cast shadows on non-aligned stereotypes.
Phase Work Description: Scholars identify primary identity groups (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc.) and
the storylines that they hold about themselves as related to their two, primary identity aspects.
Then scholars, identify aligned and misaligned stereotypes about one’s primary identity groups and
explore ways in which a variety of sources portray aligned and misaligned stereotypes as well as preferred storylines within identified, primary identity groups. For Circle, scholars will publically share the storylines and the stereotypes with which they are aligned.
Habit Focus: Identity
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Aligned Actions: Rock It!
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Scholars demonstrate effective use of goal setting and strengths towards an identified challenge, or goal.
Phase Work Description: Scholars show mastery on an identified challenge of their choosing - personal or academic - through use of the WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan) tool. Scholars use the strategy of identifying "small wins" as a means towards motivation. Identified strengths are also harnessed as a means towards overcoming the challenge. Reflections are shared publicly during Circle.
Habit Focus: Determination [& Identity]
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Relationship Work x2: Scholars are responsible for doing one piece of Relationship Work outside of Circle during this phase.
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Community Service: Scholars are responsible for completing 10 hours of community service and reflecting on the experiences. Community service can take place within a scholar's family, the Valor community, or within the greater Nashville community.
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