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Portrait of a Graduate

Update as of March 31, 2020
Due to the need for social distance, the community meetings associated with Portrait of a Graduate and listed below have been postponed until further notice.

Springfield Public Schools is engaging the community to help build a Portrait of a Graduate – a vision of the skills and attributes SPS students need to find success in college and career. Community input is a vital component of the process, which will ultimately guide the creation of the district’s Strategic Plan for 2020 and beyond, said Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick.

This spring the district will engage with the community to examine graduates’ readiness for college and career; review existing student outcomes framework; identify knowledge and skills all community graduates will attain; and develop a Strategic Plan for using a portrait of a graduate to advance student outcomes.

  • Saturday, May 16th 10 a.m. to noon at Chestnut Middle School, 355 Plainfield Street ( lunch and childcare provided)
  • Tuesday, May 18th 6 to 8  Rebecca Johnson Elementary School, 55 Catherine Street ( dinner and childcare provided)
  • Thursday, May 28th 11a.m. to 1p.m. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street (lunch provided)


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 will provide an opportunity to outline the community’s values, align work that’s already in place throughout the district, bridge existing gaps, and guide future decision-making, he said.

“We cannot rest on our laurels and we must work even harder to make more gains,” said Warwick. “I know the community will contribute greatly to the future success of our students.”

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.

Portrait of a Graduate - January 2020 Newsletter, March 2020 Newsletter

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