Portrait of a Graduate

Your Community's Vision for Every Student

Do you have a future-ready, deeper learning vision for every student? Battelle for Kids helps innovative leaders take the first step to create their community’s Portrait of a Graduate. Locally developed and globally positioned, the Portrait of a Graduate serves as a North Star for system transformation. 

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Creating Your North Star for System Transformation

The first step in transforming your school system is establishing a shared vision of future-ready, deeper learning for every student – your Portrait of a Graduate.

Locally developed and globally positioned, a school system’s Portrait of a Graduate is developed with the community to identify the skills, dispositions, and competencies students need for success in this rapidly changing, complex world.

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Rooted in Meaningful Community Engagement

Our process starts with FuturesCoLab – a community engagement tool specifically designed to facilitate collaborative, unifying conversations about your vision, the Portrait of a Graduate.

The experience is designed to empower your community to forge a united vision, shared commitments, and a collective drive toward providing every student with future-ready, deeper learning experiences. 

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The Design Process

We help you identify your shared aspirations as you engage with your community to consider these important questions:


What are the hopes, dreams, and aspirations that our community has for its students?


What are the skills and mindsets our children need for success in this rapidly changing, complex world?


What are the implications for the design of the learning experiences – and equitable access to those experiences – we provide in our school systems?

Our Portrait of a Graduate design process engages the education system and the broader community – educators, students, elected officials, partners, community members, families, and more – to help you build a unifying, collective vision for your students. Bringing together these diverse perspectives is essential for enduring educational transformation.

Dr. Michael Barnes, Superintendent

Mayfield City Schools (Ohio)
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“The excitement and enthusiasm around our shared vision has been one of the most satisfying aspects of my role as a leader. You don’t develop a Portrait behind closed doors with your Cabinet. It is something that is born from stakeholder engagement exercises. It is our anchor in the storm.”

Portrait Stories

Circleville City Schools
Showcasing Portrait competencies and evidence of student learning
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Implementing the statewide durable skills
Worthington Schools
Portrait of a Learner: A PreK-12 Progression

Skilled Facilitation

Our team of experienced facilitators leverages interactive engagement tools to capture diverse perspectives and support system leaders as they engage alongside community members in meaningful discussions. We have supported hundreds of school districts across the country in designing their locally developed Portrait of a Graduate in both virtual and in-person engagements.

Strategic Communications Guidance

Our team includes strategic communications professionals who have leveraged their extensive K-12 experience to develop a comprehensive communications toolkit to provide expert guidance at each stage of the Portrait of a Graduate design process.

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Professional Graphic Design

From Concept to Creation

Our team includes graphic designers who work alongside system leaders to design your Portrait of a Graduate. The final visual is a powerful communications piece of your vision, representing your local community and your shared aspirations of 21st century, deeper learning for every student.

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Get Started

Ready to engage your community and create a vision for all students? Contact us today. Or, if you already have a Portrait of a Graduate, learn more about how we can help bring your vision to life for every student.

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