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 words frequency by # groups
21st century learner
able to teach the subjects
academically productive
accepting
accountability
active
active listener
acts locally
adventurous
always interested
analytical 5
articulate 3
artistic 3
assertive
athletic 2
bilterate
brave
bright future
capable
caring 9
categorize
choices
citizenship
clear,competent communicators 2
collaborative 9
college algebra
college bound 3
compare
compassion 7
competentreaders,writers, mathematicians
competitive
comprehends 2
computation
confidence 13
construct
coooperative problem solver
cooperative 3
courteous
creative 9
creative thinker
critical reader
critical thinker 7
critical thinking consumers
criticize
culturally aware 2
curious 5
dedicated
dedicated inquirers
detial oriented
develop goals
diagram
diligent
disciplined
doesnt give up
driven to make a difference
eager to learn
effective communicator
empathetic 4
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 learner 5
goal oriented 4
good character
good listener 3
good social skills
good speller
good work ethic
happy 2
healthy 4
helping hands
high self esteem
humble
imaginative 4
independent 3
independent learner
independent thinkers
independent worker 2
initiative
innovative 2
inquiring/ inquisitive 7
insatiable reader
inspirational
inspired
integrity 2
intellectual conversation
intellectually curious
intelligent
interpret
investigate
kind 3
language arts
leader/ skills 4
life long learner 3
listener
logical thinker
love of learning 3
love of reading 3
loves to travel
manners
math/ skills 2
mature 2
mindfulness
morals
motivated 3
mover and shaker
multicultural 2
multifaceted
multilingual 2
music
Nice
note taking skills
observant 2
open minded 2
organized 3
participates
passionate 3
peace builder 3
perceptive
perseverance 4
physically fit 3
polite
positive attitude
positive behavior support
positive self concept
predict
prepared
proactive
problem solver 11
proficient
project based learner
projects voice
prompt
proud
public speaking 2
pursue goals
readers,avid,fluent, comprehending 7
real life problem solver 2
reasoning
reflective thinker
research
resilient
resourceful 3
respectful 7
responsible 8
rich vocabulary
risk taker 4
satisfied
science
scientific thinker
seeks knowledge
self aware
self image strong 2
self motivated 2
serve others locally, nationally, globally 2
social media
socially aware
speaks for themselves
strategies
strong
successful 2
synthesize and evlauate info
team builder
team player 3
techno-savvy/literate 10
thinks for themselves
thinks globally
thoughtful 3
tolerant
understanding
unique
values
variety of learning tools
walks life’s tightrope
well rounded 3
well spoken
willing to work hard
word problems
work to improve
works well with others
writer 2

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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