Creating a Portrait of a Graduate

November 09, 2017
silhouette of grad
What should a Stillwater graduate look like?
Help us create that picture!
Join us and save your seat at a Community Conversation regarding Portrait of a Graduate:
  • Dec. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Oak-Land Middle School
  • Dec. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Stillwater Middle School
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. 
During the conversation you'll have the opportunity to consider what made your K-12 education valuable, what you feel our current education system is lacking, and what things you believe our schools can be doing to help prepare our students for their future.
More than 1,700 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. Dozens more participated in Think Tank conversations. Read more about Think Tanks.
Here’s 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!