Portrait of a Graduate

As we commence the 2016-17 school, we have begun to reflect on the basic AIMS of this school year and every year. We are asking ourselves again the simple question; what do want our students to be like when they leave us in the 8th grade? We call this the Portrait of a Graduate. A few years back, as we gathered all our teachers together for the first day back from summer break, we asked groups of teachers to draw and label their portraits of graduates as a reflective and focusing opening activity. They produced a beautiful list of attributes and characteristics they aim to help develop in every Rio student. The list is really long but also really wonderful.

portrait of graduate wordsfrequency by # groups
21st century learner
able to teach the subjects
academically productive
accepting
accountability
active
active listener
acts locally
adventurous
always interested
analytical5
articulate3
artistic3
assertive
athletic2
bilterate
brave
bright future
capable
caring9
categorize
choices
citizenship
clear,competent communicators2
collaborative9
college algebra
college bound3
compare
compassion7
competentreaders,writers, mathematicians
competitive
comprehends2
computation
confidence13
construct
coooperative problem solver
cooperative3
courteous
creative9
creative thinker
critical reader
critical thinker7
critical thinking consumers
criticize
culturally aware2
curious5
dedicated
dedicated inquirers
detial oriented
develop goals
diagram
diligent
disciplined
doesnt give up
driven to make a difference
eager to learn
effective communicator
empathetic4
enthusiastic about learning
environmentally conscious
evaluate
excellent problem solvers
exercises body and mind
explore
eye contact
fluent readers
focused
formulate
friendly
fun
future minded
future teacher
global citizen learner5
goal oriented4
good character
good listener3
good social skills
good speller
good work ethic
happy2
healthy4
helping hands
high self esteem
humble
imaginative4
independent3
independent learner
independent thinkers
independent worker2
initiative
innovative2
inquiring/ inquisitive7
insatiable reader
inspirational
inspired
integrity2
intellectual conversation
intellectually curious
intelligent
interpret
investigate
kind3
language arts
leader/ skills4
life long learner3
listener
logical thinker
love of learning3
love of reading3
loves to travel
manners
math/ skills2
mature2
mindfulness
morals
motivated3
mover and shaker
multicultural2
multifaceted
multilingual2
music
Nice
note taking skills
observant2
open minded2
organized3
participates
passionate3
peace builder3
perceptive
perseverance4
physically fit3
polite
positive attitude
positive behavior support
positive self concept
predict
prepared
proactive
problem solver11
proficient
project based learner
projects voice
prompt
proud
public speaking2
pursue goals
readers,avid,fluent, comprehending7
real life problem solver2
reasoning
reflective thinker
research
resilient
resourceful3
respectful7
responsible8
rich vocabulary
risk taker4
satisfied
science
scientific thinker
seeks knowledge
self aware
self image strong2
self motivated2
serve others locally, nationally, globally2
social media
socially aware
speaks for themselves
strategies
strong
successful2
synthesize and evlauate info
team builder
team player3
techno-savvy/literate10
thinks for themselves
thinks globally
thoughtful3
tolerant
understanding
unique
values
variety of learning tools
walks life’s tightrope
well rounded3
well spoken
willing to work hard
word problems
work to improve
works well with others
writer2

As a District, some years later, we are very focused on a honed 21st century vision for our learning organization. Along with these many descriptions of our aims, we are working together with students, families, and community to produce or develop a Portrait of the Graduate that is simple in description and complex in accomplishment.

Rio 8th grade promoting graduates will be:
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21 st Century Practices
Excellent and developing communicators
Excellent and developing collaborators
Excellent and developing critical thinkers
Creative problem solvers and makers
Caring learners, citizens, and people
Literacies
Excellent and developing readers and writers
Excellent and developing mathematical thinkers
Excellent and developing technology users

This year we take the next step in improving our student and organizational outcomes along these lines. We invite community feedback along the way. If you have ideas about shaping Rio’s Portrait of a Graduate, please email Sonia Cervantez at scervantez@rioschools.org.

 

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