Creating a Portrait of a Graduate

November 09, 2017
silhouette of grad
What should a Stillwater graduate look like? 
Help us create that picture!
Share your thoughts on what our student need for success. Take this short survey now!
We've been asking our teachers, students, business leaders and community members to think about what a Stillwater graduate should look like. We want to develop a Portrait of a Graduate that defines what skills, attributes and experiences our students need for success after high school.
Because our current students will be your future employees, business owners, elected officials, neighbors and community members we know you have a vested interest in helping ensure their success. Which is why we are asking for your help in defining our portrait, an important document that will be the foundation of our next strategic plan. 

Check out these videos to learn more about why we need to change.

Nearly 2,000 people already shared their ideas by participating in Thoughtexchange, an online conversation that allows people to share their ideas and react to other people’s ideas. View the responses. Another 50 community members, staff and students participated in Community Conversations. Dozens more participated in Think Tank conversations. Read more about Think Tanks.
Here’s just some of what you have told us so far:
  • Students need opportunities to learn life skills - like balancing a checkbook or investing for retirement
  • You want students to have more time to take elective courses in high school, and for younger kids to learn world languages.
  • You believe that critical thinking and written and verbal communication are the most important skills that a graduate from our district needs.
  • Other attributes you said our students need are a strong work ethic, accountability, and the ability to think creatively and collaborate as part of a team. 
  • You said you’d also like us to provide more opportunities for kids who may not be interested in college, and provide more personalized learning for kids.
We'll be taking all of the feedback we're gathering and use it to create Stillwater's Portrait of a Graduate. Don't miss out on your opportunity to be part of this important work!
Do you have ideas you'd like to share?
Don’t worry! Additional conversations will be taking place in the coming months.
  • Most Likely To Succeed: Join us as we explore the changing global economy and what it means for our students, our communities and our schools. During these sessions, participants will watch a series of videos and engage in discussions about how we can adapt to better meet the needs of our students. SAVE YOUR SEAT!

    • Jan. 9, 2018, 6 p.m. at Stillwater Area High School

    • Jan. 23, 2018 6 p.m. at Stillwater Middle School

  • Community Leader Roundtable: Hear what local business and community leaders believe we need to provide our students for them to be successful future citizens and leaders.

    • Feb. 12, 2018, 6 p.m. at Oak Glen Golf Club in Stillwater