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Applying the Graduate Profile

Purpose: The primary purpose of the Board Academic Steering Committee is to promote and monitor an intense and compelling district- wide focus on accelerated student growth and high academic achievement for all students.

Meeting Highlights

The committee focused on two questions:

1) What kind of indicators would be accepted as evidence of student growth and high academic achievement?

2) What indicators define a “prepared graduate?”

Kelly Hornby, executive director of curriculum and instruction, discussed the Graduate Profile and presented information on the rubric being piloted in the district to evaluate students’ progress toward acquiring the seven skills that make up the Graduate Profile.

Mr. Hornby also presented information related to the district- adopted academy based learning system. Several key points were:

*Academy-based learning is a project-based experience where students are able to apply classroom learning in solving a real-world problem.

*Students will still be required to follow state requirements for graduation in addition to the District requirements.

*The goal is that each student will choose an academy or pathway to follow.

Possible Roadblocks

The group identified possible barriers to implementing a district-wide academy based system including some misconceptions among the public and staff.

1. Parents of high performing students may fear that their students will not benefit from an academy experience.

2. There needs to be a better understanding by all stakeholders of what academy based learning is.

The next meeting of the Board Academic Steering Committee is Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.

Members Present: Trustee Elizabeth Horsch, Trustee Suzanne Sandovol, Trustee Dave Applegate, Trustee Dana Howie, Trustee Paula Reid, Kelly Hornby (staff), Shauna VanderLinden (staff)



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