About Portrait of a Graduate
Yesterday’s student was prepared by schools to succeed in the industrial age. Today’s student enters a dynamic, technologically connected, and service-oriented workplace with civic responsibility spanning local and global perspectives. To find 21st century success, we are shifting our focus.
In April 2018, Oxford School District began a journey of framing a new vision for our school system- defining what skills, traits and abilities that our students must possess to succeed in the 21st century. Now more than ever, the OSD experience must not only provide for the acquisition of rigorous academic content, but it must also be more intentional about fostering critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity our young people need to thrive in this complex, rapidly changing world.
Which student will be best prepared to contribute and compete in this global economy?
Student A Student B
- Social Studies
- Content Mastery
- Other 21st Century Skills
Many school systems across the country have engaged their larger community in developing a Portrait of a Graduate, a collective vision that articulates the community’s aspirations for all students. This is the first step OSD is taking in transforming our classrooms, schools and community.
What are the hopes, aspirations, and dreams that our community has for our young people?
What are the skills and habits of mind that our children need for success in this rapidly changing and complex world?
What are the implications for the design of the learning experiences—and equitable access to those experiences—we provide in our school systems?
Locally developed, but globally positioned, the Portrait of a Graduate will serve as a North Star for system transformation. Providing strategic direction for the redesign of the overall educational experience for students, this collective vision reinvigorates and re-engages students, teachers, and community stakeholders.
KEY STEPS in EACH PHASE