Portrait of a Graduate

Under the leadership of Dr. Patrick McLaughlin, Chief of Strategic Planning, Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) has begun development of its new strategic plan. This first step in this process is to create a new division-wide Portrait of a Graduate.

The Portrait of a Graduate will act as a guide in creating the division’s strategic plan, which will ensure that schools engage with and meet the needs of all students while preparing them with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a complex and rapidly-changing world.

Ultimately, the division's new strategic plan will be a collective, local vision that articulates our community’s hopes for ALL of our students and enables the division to provide our students with an educational experience that prepares them to be lifelong learners and to make positive contributions to society, both while they are our students and in the future.

Portrait Design Team

With the help of Battelle for Kids, a national not-for-profit that partners with school divisions in their strategic planning efforts, ACPS met virtually over five meetings in September and October with a Portrait Design Team, including 112 community members who reflect a wide range of perspectives about future school division goals and priorities.

The Portrait Design Team is based upon the wide range of experiences, professional expertise, and personal identities of individual members. Many are teachers, support staff, and principals. Also represented are students, alumni and parents, as well as business leaders, community service organizations, and University of Virginia employees. The team will meet regularly to share their input on how the division can best design a Portrait based on several dimensions, such as:

  • The community’s hopes and aspirations for its young people;
  • The skills and habits of mind that children need for success;
  • The strategic plan’s impact on student learning experiences; and
  • The need for equitable access to learning resources for all students.

In alignment with the ACPS Anti-Racism Policy, the Portrait Design Team includes points of view that have often been underrepresented in such efforts and brings together an intersectional group representing each of our students in a meaningful way. It also reflects the division’s mission of establishing a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor.

Design Team Schedule

The Portrait Design Team met virtually on five occasions, with a two-part kickoff meeting, as follows:

  • Kickoff Meeting 1A: September 3, 2020 | 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Kickoff Meeting 1B: September 9, 2020 | 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Meeting 2: September 21, 2020 | 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Meeting 3: October 15, 2020 | 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Meeting 4: October 29, 2020 | 6 to 8:30 p.m.

View the Design Team meeting summaries and video recordings »

Additional Opportunities for Community Engagement

All Albemarle County community members are invited to offer their views on the future direction of schools at two virtual community forums in November:

Community Forum #1 – Tuesday, November 17, 6 to 8 p.m.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82453764203
(312) 626-6799
Meeting ID: 824 5376 4203
One tap mobile: +13126266799,,82453764203#

Community Forum #2 – Thursday, November 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82910850646
(646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 829 1085 0646
One tap mobile: +16465588656,,82910850646#

The forums will provide an opportunity for all ACPS stakeholders to provide feedback on the Portrait of a Graduate that is currently being designed and to discuss ways that the school division can approach learning loss related to COVID-19 and school closures.

The first hour of each session is reserved for discussion of the Portrait of a Graduate, while the second hour will allow participants to provide feedback on learning loss related to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Matthew Haas and Chief of Strategic Planning Patrick McLaughlin, who will facilitate this discussion, hope to gain input from the community regarding potential mitigating factors like changes to the school calendar and summer school options.

Next Steps

Following the virtual community forums in November, the division will move forward by launching a community survey on strategic planning and conducting community feedback sessions this winter. A draft of the strategic plan is expected to go before the Albemarle County School Board in May 2021, and the division hopes to implements its new strategic plan in the 2021-22 school year.