Portrait of a Graduate

  • The Iowa City Community School District has joined forces with Battelle for Kids to make 21st century learning a reality for all students. Together, we intend to unite our community in shaping the future direction of our schools—through the design of a Portrait of a Graduate. A Portrait of a Graduate is a collective vision that articulates our community’s aspirations for all of our students. The Portrait of a Graduate is the first step in framing a new vision for our school district.

    We launched this work in the spring of 2020; however, the work was quickly put on pause when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.  We are excited for the work's relaunch on February 24, 2021, as we resume the process to develop our Portrait of a Graduate. This approach involves the entire school community—educators in partnership with students, parents, businesses, and others—to ensure a sustainable impact in our schools.  Over 140 individuals have come together to create our Portrait of a Graduate Design Team.  The team will meet four times to complete the work.

    Over the course of four meetings and four months, the Design Team will meet to discuss what we want Iowa City Community School District graduates to look like and the work that we, as a district and community, need to do to make that a reality. 

    If you would like to learn more about the issues we are discussing during these meetings, please review the following online resources:

    The Future of Work
    Google AI
    Climate Change: It's About Health
    Brene Brown on Empathy

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