A Message from Our President and CEO

Dear Educators, Partners, and Friends of Battelle for Kids,

Many school systems have engaged their communities to develop and implement a Portrait of a Graduate—a collective vision articulating the community’s aspirations for its students. Locally developed, but globally positioned, the Portrait of a Graduate serves as a North Star for system transformation.

At the 2018 AASA NCE Conference, Battelle for Kids and EdLeader21 unveiled a new website at PortraitofaGraduate.org with tools and resources to support school system leaders to develop and implement a Portrait of a Graduate—and prepare all students to be lifelong learners and contributors.

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Through the 21by2021 Movement, we intend to unite education leaders, in partnership with communities, foundations, and other education-focused organizations, to reimagine the educational experience for students and influence the national discourse about the value of our nation’s schools. We want to effect a tipping point in this country that creates positive momentum toward making 21st century learning a reality for all students.

School systems are strengthened when communities are engaged in shaping the future direction of their schools through the design of a Portrait of a Graduate.

Visit PortraitofaGraduate.org and contact us at Portrait@bfk.org to learn more.

Karen K. Garza, Ph.D.
President and CEO

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