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Portrait of a Graduate

What Is Our Portrait of a Graduate?

Our goal is that all students graduating from MVSD share these characteristics:
  • Responsible Citizenship
  • Independence and Initiative
  • Knowledgeable & Proficient
  • Collaborative Leadership
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
  • Effective Communication
The Portrait of a Graduate serves as a North Star for system transformation. Providing strategic direction for the redesign of the overall educational experience for students, this collective vision reinvigorates and re-engages students, educators, and community stakeholders.
It's important to note that the district's Portrait of a Graduate is meant to complement academics and test scores as measures of preparedness. While it does not replace a focus on academic achievement, it shows the district community's commitment to investing in educational experiences that educate the whole child.

The Six Characteristics

Here is a more in depth description of the six characteristics of the MVSD Portrait of a Graduate

Effective Communication

  • Listen effectively and empathetically to decipher meaning, while considering  knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentions
  • Articulate thoughts and ideas using oral, written, and non-verbal communication in a variety of ways and incorporate multiple perspectives
  • Utilize multiple media and technologies to express a message

Collaborative Leadership

  • Inspire positive action in others while seeking feedback to achieve collective outcomes.
  • Demonstrate empathy and elicit diverse perspectives and contributions.
  • Show a fundamental regard and respect for the dignity and value of every individual

Independence and Initiative

  • Persist to achieve wellbeing and success despite challenge, opposition, and/or failure.
  • Commit to meeting obligations and responsibilities
  • Take initiative and act with purpose

Responsible Citizenship

  • Demonstrate personal integrity, honesty and ethical behavior
  • Actively pursue opportunities that make a positive difference in their community and the broader world
  • Be informed and accountable stewards of the community

Knowledgeable and Proficient

  • Embrace curiosity and the desire to learn
  • Engage with and applies rigorous academic content in meaningful ways, including real life situations
  • Develop positive attitudes and beliefs about learning

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Identify, evaluate and prioritize solutions to complex problems
  • Apply thinking that is clear, rational, open minded, and informed by evidence
  • Propose solutions and understand the impact they may have at the local, national, or global level
To learn more about the Portrait of a Graduate and the process the district went through to create it, view our Portrait of a Graduate Slide Presentation