Summer Graduate Profile Workshop Series - August 2021

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This is a three-part workshop series that discusses the creation and implementation of a Graduate Profile.

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Join us for a consecutive 3-day workshop opportunity to build community with other educators, and to imagine the possibilities when we center systems of education around the skills that young people need in order to thrive.

Participants will explore the value of having a Graduate Profile, develop and define a draft, and then learn how to implement and measure it once they take it back to their school, district, etc. These workshops will be led by Deeper Learning Coach, Abby Benedetto.

Special additional offering: $99 for one hour of one-on-one consultation with Abby after session of choice (not a per person price, whole team may attend via Zoom).

Session A: Intro to the Graduate Profile

Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 9am-12pm PT / 12-3pm ET

This workshop is designed for folks who are learning about the concept of a Graduate Profile (aka Vision of a Graduate, Portrait of a Graduate). We will explore what a Graduate Profile is and why it is an important shift for schools, districts, systems, etc., as well as what it means to situate the Graduate Profile as your organizing principle. Participants will brainstorm the skills they believe would be ideal for their graduates, then have an opportunity to check that brainstorm against quality criteria, ideate and revise again. Participants will leave with a draft prototype of a graduate profile as well as a plan to engage stakeholders in a vital input/feedback process in order to move toward a more finalized draft.

Session A TLDR: You have heard about this thing called a Graduate Profile and want to take your first leap into learning more.

Session B: Defining Your Graduate Profile

Wednesday, August 25, 2021, 9am-12pm PT / 12-3pm ET

Once participants have a draft of a Graduate Profile (aka Vision of a Graduate, Portrait of a Graduate) that includes larger skill categories, the next step is to define what you actually mean by those categories in the form of Performance Outcomes. During this session, we will clarify what Performance Outcomes are, determine the scope of the Outcomes that you are drafting (individual school, district-wide, etc.), and practice creating high quality Performance Outcomes for your Graduate Profile. This language will then be used to design shared assessment tools and much, much more. Participants will leave with a more fully defined set of skills for their Graduate Profile, as well as a plan to engage stakeholders in a vital input/feedback process in order to move toward a more finalized draft.

Session B TLDR: You have a list of amazing skills/competencies that you want for your graduates, and you are ready to get more specific about what that really means.

Session C: Select & Design Your Culminating Performance Assessment

Thursday, August 26, 2021, 9am-12pm PT / 12-3pm ET

Once you have your Graduate Profile designed and defined, you need to create a system that actually measures it. If you don’t, it remains a pretty poster on the wall. One component of that measurement system is a culminating assessment that gives you and your students concrete evidence of how they are able to demonstrate the skills of your Graduate Profile. In various groups, participants will explore different types of exhibitions (student-led conferences, capstones, portfolio defenses, etc.) and design a prototype of a culminating exhibition that provides evidence of student learning/thinking of essential competencies.

Session C TLDR: You want to design a culminating performance assessment that will measure your Graduate Profile.


What is the best size of team to attend? These sessions are designed for individuals on their own (who we are titling "Solo Adventurers") to teams from a single school to folks district-wide... However, 5-7 per team might be a good max size for the allotted group worktime sessions. Solo Adventurers will be given the option for alone worktime or to collaborate with each other!

What would be the ideal team member roles? Having a robust cross section of perspectives is, of course, the best option. It is great to have at least one person with decision-making power. (We say this because we have done these before and had teachers get super fired up during the workshop only to feel deflated at the end when they realize they don't think their admin will get behind the vision.) You may want to have some folks who tend to be the early adopters as well as some who tend to be more critical - ideally the experience will inspire both sides of that coin (but no promises!).

Should we involve students or other stakeholders in the workshop? We are strident supporters of having students at the table WHENEVER possible. We think a student (current and/or alumni.... former students are often the absolute best source of info about how school prepared them for the next chapter), parents, and other community members are deeply valuable in this process. That being said, part of each of the sessions will include stakeholder engagement planning time. So if they are not part of the group that attends the actual workshop, you can [should] still absolutely engage them in the overall process.

Please reach out to Courtney Katen (courtney@envisionlearning.org) with any questions.

* Zoom info will be sent via email to the registered participants the day before the event.

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