Portrait of a Graduate: An Introduction

What is Portrait of a Graduate? Portrait of a Graduate is a process by which we, as a community, ask, “What should a graduate of Athens City Schools look like?” Locally developed and globally positioned, the portrait will serve as a North Star in developing and implementing our strategic plan for preparing students for the incredible opportunities and challenges of today and tomorrow. The finished product will be a collective vision articulating the community's hopes and dreams for our students as we work to incorporate and ensure 21st centruy learning experiences for all. Check out the video now!
  • HOW WE GATHERED YOUR FEEDBACK.

    Athens City Schools asked our community this essential question: "What are the character traits and skills most imortant for success in college, career and life for our Athens graduates?" This quesion is at the center of the ACS Portrait of a Graduate design process.

    We reached out to our community both in person and digitally. When possible, we spoke to groups directly. We shared informational videos, wesbites and resources with respondent groups using the ACS mass notification system and social media channels. We solicited responses through a published article in the local newpaper. We delivered digital surveys. We shared the portrait process and collected responses from the entire community. 

    WHO WE ASKED.

    Who we asked

    BREAKDOWN OF PARTICIPANTS.

    Who we heard from

    WHAT YOU SAID.

    Mentimeter Results

    WHAT WE HEARD.

    Data from Portrait Research

    HOW THE SIX MAJOR THEMES EMERGED.

    The design team reviewed and analyzed all the data collected. The team considered all 2708 individual repsonses one by one and grouped them into the most logical categories according to the nature of the character trait or skill. As a result, six major themes emerged. The following table shows the breakdown of the responses and the grouping of responses into themes.

  • Character - 42%
    Grit
    Accountability
    Character
    Christian Character
    Self-Discipline
    Ethical
    Hard Working
    Honesty
    Initiative
    Personal Responsibility
    Integrity
    Leadership
    Lifelong Learner
    Loyalty
    Manners
    Perseverance
    Punctuality
    Resilience
    Self Motivated
    Confidence
    Focus
    Fortitude
    Enthusiasm
    Passionate
    Organized
    Morals
    Time Management
    Commitment

    Collaboration - 11%
    Adaptability
    Collaborate
    Flexibility
    Cognitive Skills
    Team Player
    Conflict Resolution

     

     

  • Citizenship - 15%
    Common Sense
    Acceptance
    Balance
    Civic Minded
    Civic Responsibility
    Emotional Intelligence
    Compassionate
    Empathetic
    Emotional Thinker
    Globally Aware
    Patience
    Self-Awareness
    Selfless
    Sensible
    Serve
    Thoughtful
    Tolerant
    Understanding
    Discernment
    Courteous
    Respectful
    Helpful
    Kind
    Humble
    Growth Mindset
    Open Minded

    Communication - 11%
    Communication
    Articulate
    Writing Skills
    Effective Communicator
    Effective Listener
    Persuasion
    Public Speaking
    Speech
    Typing
    Writing

     

  • Critical Thinking - 13%
    Analytical
    Cognitive Flexibility
    Critical Thinker
    Logical
    Problem Solver
    Reasoning
    Problem Identifier

    Creativity - 8%
    Creativity
    Divergent Thinking
    Fail Fast
    Fail Forward
    Innovation
    Learning in Failure
    Nontraditional
    Resourceful
    Risk Taker
    Risk Management
    Entrepreneurship
    Hands on Activities
    Digital Content Creation
    Explorers
    Forward Thinking
    Future Thinker
    Guessing
    Visionary
    Speculation


  • WHAT WILL WE DO WITH THE DATA?

    The next steps in the design process in the development of a Portrait of a Graduate will involve several pieces. First, there will be a final editing process by which the design team develops anchor statements relative to each theme. A graphic depicition of the actual portrait will be drafted and presented to the Board of Education. Upon formal adoption, the final Portrait of a Graduate will serve as the North Star as Athens City Schools redevelops the school system's strategic plan that will carry us into the future. 


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    Portrait of a Graduate is a process by which we, as a community, ask, “What should a graduate of Athens City Schools look like?” Locally developed and globally positioned, the portrait will serve as a North Star in developing and implementing our strategic plan for preparing students for the incredible opportunities and challenges of today and tomorrow. The finished product will be a collective vision articulating the community's hopes and dreams for our students as we work to incorporate and ensure 21st centruy learning experiences for all. We encourage you to explore, research and learn more now!

     

     

     THE DESIGN TEAM AT WORK.