We are pleased to present and share often about Portrait of a Graduate. Here’s where you can find us.

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Coming Fall 2018!

Portrait of a Graduate Getting Started Workshops

Ever wanted one day to walk through the design process for Portrait of a Graduate and learn how you can get started? Dates and locations will be posted soon.

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Educators Connect for Success 

Pre-Conference: Portrait of a Graduate

Columbus, Ohio
June 18, 2018

School systems are strengthened when communities are engaged in shaping the future direction of their schools through the design of a Portrait of a Graduate. Battelle for Kids invites you to attend this exciting pre-conference to learn more about how education leaders across the nation can establish significant engagement and support for a Portrait of a Graduate, a vision for 21st century learning that is locally developed, but globally positioned.

This pre-conference workshop includes three in-depth breakout sessions:

  • Explore the Necessity of Redefining Success for our Schools and our Graduates
  • Create a Portrait of a Graduate: Explore the Design Process
  • You Have a Portrait of a Graduate, Now What?

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BFK Portrait EdLeader Event


EdLeader21 Annual Event

Phoenix, AZ
September 26−28, 2018

All EdLeader21 members, mark your calendars to attend the 2018 Annual Event in Phoenix, AZ, Sept. 26−28, 2018. More information about registration and calls for proposals will be shared in the coming months.


You can find us across the country sharing about Portrait of a Graduate with fellow educators, board members, business leaders, and the community.

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Ohio School Boards Association: Board Leadership Institute

Columbus, OH
April 28, 2018

Does Your School District Have a Portrait of A Graduate?
What are the aspirations and dreams that your community has for its young people? Are your students well prepared to contribute and compete in this global, innovative economy? Do you have a stated vision for creating a 21st century educational system?

Join BFK’s Jamie Meade for this interactive session to learn more about the Portrait of a Graduate movement, access resources, and learn how to engage your community in answering these important questions. 

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Southeast Region Success Bound Conference

May 14, 2018
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Keynote: Portrait of a Graduate—A North Star for System Transformation and Student Empowerment

Every community is unique, but we are connected by a shared aspiration: that our youth have engaging educational experiences that prepare them for their future. When educators, in collaboration with their community and business leaders, are well equipped with knowledge, skills, and resources to foster hope, we're leveraging our greatest resource: the empowered student! In this keynote address, BFK’s Jamie Meade will share how school systems across the country have engaged their broader community in developing a Portrait of a Graduate, a collective vision that articulates the community’s aspirations for all students. Locally developed, but globally positioned, the Portrait of a Graduate serves as a North Star for system transformation.

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National School Public Relations Association

Anaheim, California
July 17, 2018 / 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Your District’s “Why” for the 21st Century: Start Your Strategic Plan with Portrait of a Graduate                    

Yesterday’s student was prepared by schools to succeed in the industrial age. Today’s student enters a dynamic, technologically connected, and service-oriented workplace with civic responsibility spanning local and global perspectives. To find 21st century success, we are shifting our focus. When a community and district co-create a Portrait of a Graduate—describing what students need to be lifelong learners and contributors—there is potential for real impact. Join Battelle for Kids and Kettering City Schools to explore how the district developed its Portrait, with strong engagement to frame a strong strategic plan.

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