Learn more about how we help align the educational system through a visionary, “Portraits of” approach in AASA’s Learning 2025 report, An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools.
Our facilitation of the Portrait of a Graduate design process includes the engagement of a local Design Team, comprised of diverse perspectives from the broader community to inspire ownership, ambassadorship, and action. Through an exploration of the
changing landscape and the use of an online Portrait-My Sketch tool, Design Team members explore essential 21st century competencies to identify the community’s shared aspiration for today’s learners. This vision becomes the system’s
North Star for transformation.
Design Team members engage in conversation around these questions:
Watch these education leaders share the benefits of having a Portrait of a Graduate:
Learn how we help school systems engage their communities to develop a Portrait of a Graduate which serves as the North Star for system
How are you supporting educators as they shift from traditional models of learning and teaching to practices that advance deeper learning for every student? Deeper learning occurs through the purposeful integration
of rigorous academic content with experiences that intentionally cultivate skills, mindsets, and literacies (Portrait of a Graduate competencies) essential for students to be life-long learners and contributors in the 21st century.
Locally developed, the Portrait of an Educator identifies the competencies necessary for today’s 21st century education workforce. This exploration reveals the supports the system needs to provide for educators as they shift practice and implement
deeper learning experiences aligned to the Portrait of a Graduate. The Portrait of an Educator is integral to our Human Capital21 offerings, integrating these educator competencies into building the capacity of current teachers and seeking to hire
the skills necessary to achieve the district’s Portrait of a Graduate vision.
How are you supporting your leaders as they shift practices to advance deeper learning? Courageous leadership is necessary to equip educators and establish the conditions for 21st century, deeper learning to thrive.
This facilitated process engages system leaders in the exploration of the skills and mindsets essential for leading 21st century educational transformation. Throughout this process, leaders reflect upon their own readiness to advance 21st century education
while also identifying ways to build organizational capacity to advance equitable and enduring deeper learning outcomes for every student.
What shifts are you making to your educational system to establish the conditions to deliver equitable deeper learning outcomes for every student? For enduring transformation, all aspects of the system
must be aligned and anchored in the vision—the Portrait of a Graduate.
Every school system is unique and complex with interdependent parts. Intentionally aligning each part of the system establishes conditions of readiness to bring the vision to life for every student. Our Portrait of a System facilitation process includes
a 21st century education system Self-Assessment Tool to help education leaders reflect, align, and establish foundational readiness for the system’s transformation. This facilitated process is also a key component in our strategic planning process.
Contact us to learn how we can help you make the system-wide
shifts necessary to promote equitable, deeper learning outcomes for every student.
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