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SPS Seeks Feedback on Graduate Portrait

SPS Seeks Feedback on Graduate Portrait
Posted on 11/18/2020
Springfield Public Schools is seeking community feedback on a working draft of its Portrait of a Graduate.  The Portrait of a Graduate outlines the knowledge and skills all students should have when they graduate from the Springfield Public Schools and will serve as the foundation for the district’s next five-year strategic plan being developed this Spring.  The draft copy is available for comment on the district’s website by clicking HERE.

Springfield’s Portrait of a Graduate project is designed to engage all stakeholders in the community to express the hopes, dreams, and priorities they hold for their children. The Portrait of a Graduate reflects the hopes and dreams for Springfield youth as expressed by more than 1,000 members of the community, SPS staff and students. The input was provided during more than 200 meetings held over the past year. 

The goal of the project is to create a vision that will inform teaching and learning from kindergarten through 12th grade in Springfield. Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick said the development approach for the district’s newest Strategic Plan is unlike anything in the past. “We are intentionally looking to expand the thought process around what success looks like for our students,” said Warwick. “We are drilling down past test scores and policies and talking about the attributes that schools need to help foster to set students up for success.” 

Warwick said SPS students’ rate of academic improvement is the highest in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but he emphasized that the achievement gap still exists. The Portrait of a Graduate process provides an opportunity to outline the community’s values, align work that is already in place throughout the district, bridge existing gaps, and guide future decision-making, he said.

SPS Portrait of a Graduate work is supported by a grant from the Barr Foundation. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts, advance solutions for climate change, and connect all students to success in high school and beyond.

A draft copy of the Portrait of a Graduate will be available online for public feedback until December 15, 2020.  
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