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Portrait of a Graduate

The vision of the future for our students

Our District's Portrait of a Graduate design team has completed the initial work toward the goal of making 21st century learning a reality for all students. The team has developed the six core competencies that articulate our community’s aspirations for all of our students.

ADAPTABILITY

A graduate...

  • Works effectively in a climate of uncertainty and changing priorities.
  • Exhibits agility in thoughts and actions.
  • Understands, negotiates, and balances diverse views and beliefs to reach innovative solutions and creates an environment where others can do the same.

EMPATHY

A graduate...

  • Practices awareness, sensitivity, concern, and respect for others.
  • Seeks to understand others’ feelings, opinions, experiences, and culture.

COMMUNICATION

A graduate...

  • Conveys thoughts and ideas effectively using communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts.
  • Listens actively and effectively to understand meaning and diverse perspectives, including knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentions.
  • Considers all audiences and ensures equity of voice, especially in a group setting.  

GLOBAL CITIZENS

A graduate...

  • Values diverse cultures and unique perspectives through mutual respect and open dialogue.
  • Demonstrates personal, civic, social, financial, environmental, local, and global responsibility through ethical and empathetic behaviors.
  • Educates themselves and takes personal action to make their community and world a better place.  

CRITICAL THINKING

A graduate...

  • Evaluates the quality of one’s own thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reflecting.
  • Engages in metacognition that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.  

LEARNER’S MINDSET

A graduate...

  • Is motivated by curiosity to experience new ideas.
  • Understands the concept of growth from failure.
  • Expresses the desire to learn, unlearn, and relearn. Seizes opportunities to actively listen and embrace diverse perspectives from others.  
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