Portrait of a Graduate Survey Now Open; Results Will Shape PCPS for Years to Come

Polk County Public Schools needs your help to create a new strategic plan to improve our schools and better serve our students.

A community survey has been developed, and we want to know what Polk’s stakeholders think are the top qualities for an ideal PCPS graduate.

You can access the Portrait of a Graduate survey below.

This survey is based upon the framework established by Battelle for Kids, a national nonprofit organization that collaborates with school systems to improve learning.

The survey contains a list of 30 possible qualities or competencies. Read all of the definitions first and then select the 10 competencies that you think are most important or valuable for a student to possess upon graduation.

The deadline to complete the survey is October 30th. Please encourage your friends, family members, neighbors, coworkers and other Polk County residents to participate. The results will help shape our strategic plan, which will guide our educational system for years to come!

The Portrait of a Graduate survey will ask you to select the top ten competencies that are most important/valuable for a PCPS student to possess upon graduation.

You can click on the competencies below to read more about them.

Don’t see an important characteristic, attribute, skill or quality on the list? The survey will allow you to add two competencies to the list, but you must provide a detailed definition.

Our students:

  • Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities.
  • Demonstrate agility in thoughts and actions.
  • Respond productively to feedback, praise, setbacks, and criticism.
  • Understand, negotiate, and balance diverse views and beliefs to reach workable solutions.
  • Demonstrate flexibility when acclimating to various roles and situations.

Our students:

  • Participate effectively in civic life through knowing how to stay informed and understanding governmental processes.
  • Exercise the rights and obligations of citizenship at local, state, national, and global levels.
  • Understand the local and global implications of civic decisions.

Our students:

  • Honor and leverage strengths to build collective commitment and action.
  • Enrich the learning of both self and others.
  • Seek, contribute, and respond to feedback to achieve collective outcomes.
  • Elicit diverse perspectives and contributions.

Our students:

  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts.
  • Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentions.
  • Use communication for a range of purposes and audiences (e.g., to inform, instruct, motivate, and persuade).

Our students:

  • Believe in one’s ability to ultimately attain a defined goal.
  • Persist to overcome adversity and obstacles to uncover alternate strategies to achieve goals.
  • Reflect on successes and failures as a means to refine the path moving forward.
  • Take initiative and act with purpose.

Our students:

  • Engage in appropriate communication to resolve disagreements peacefully and productively.

Our students:

  • Recognize how personal decisions and actions have an impact beyond oneself.
  • Demonstrate a diligent work ethic and attentiveness to detail.
  • Work responsibly by being organized, thorough, and efficient.

Our students:

  • Develop and draw from a baseline understanding of knowledge in an academic discipline.
  • Transfer knowledge in combination with new learning to deepen understanding and influence conclusions and solutions.
  • Use content knowledge in routine, as well as innovative, ways in real-world situations.

Our students:

  • Act with integrity and empathy while demonstrating personal accountability and make positive contributions to the world.
  • Actively pursue opportunities that make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Our students:

  • Demonstrate vulnerability and learn from mistakes.
  • Engage when the outcome or benefit is unknown or unclear.
  • Demonstrate mental fortitude to pursue meaningful goals, despite daunting challenges.

Our students:

  • Demonstrate originality, imagination, and new ways of thinking about things.
  • Transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, and relationships to create new or meaningful ideas, methods, or interpretations.

Our students:

  • Understand the “bigger picture” and propose solutions that are mindful to the impact they may have on other parts of a system.
  • Consistently improve the quality of one’s own thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing.
  • Apply disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence.

Our students:

  • Eagerly explore the world around them.
  • Inquisitively seek answers and understanding.
  • Are energized by new learning and insights, including those different from currently held ideas, beliefs, and values.

Our students:

  • Demonstrate awareness, sensitivity, concern, and respect to connect with others’ feelings, opinions, experiences, and culture.
  • Imagine what others are thinking, feeling, or experiencing.
  • Vicariously experience the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of others.

Our students:

  • Think boldly and act courageously to actively seek change.
  • Imagine new ways to solve problems and create value for others.
  • Exercise initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity.

Our students:

  • Make responsible decisions that consider relationships to natural systems, communities, and future generations.
  • Recognize society’s impact on the natural world (e.g., population growth, population development, resource consumption rate, etc.).
  • Take individual and collective action towards addressing environmental change.

Our students:

  • Know how to make appropriate personal economic choices.
  • Understand the role of the economy in society.

Our students:

  • Value and embrace diverse cultures and unique perspectives through mutual respect and open dialogue.
  • Demonstrate personal, civic, social, local, and global responsibility through ethical and empathetic behaviors.
  • Contribute and take action to make the world a better place.

Our students:

  • Translate original and inventive thinking into viable solutions.
  • Take risks and know how to develop, organize, and manage new initiatives and/or ventures.

Our students:

  • Adhere consistently to a set of core values that are evident in choices and behaviors.
  • Earn others’ trust and respect through honest, principled behaviors.

Our students:

  • Are visionary and inspire positive action in others.
  • Recognize, invest in, and leverage strengths to build collective ownership and action.
  • Create the environment or the conditions that empower others to grow and succeed.
  • Build relationships with others through trust and compassion.

Our students:

  • Embrace curiosity to experience new ideas.
  • Possess the desire to learn, unlearn, and relearn.
  • Find and maximize opportunities to actively listen and elicit diverse perspectives from others.
  • Develop positive attitudes and beliefs about learning.

Our students:

  • Access, select, organize, curate, critically consume, and produce relevant information appropriately.
  • Recognize perceptions, biases, and assumptions in all forms of media.
  • Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical, legal, and humanistic issues surrounding the access and use of media.

Our students:

  • Exhibit steadfastness in achieving success despite difficulty, opposition, and/or failure.
  • Embrace the idea that failure is a part of success and quickly pivot to keep moving forward.

Our students:

  • Identify, evaluate, and prioritize solutions to difficult or complex situations.
  • Implement and reflect critically on a solution.

Our students:

  • Recognize challenges, use enthusiasm and energy to influence others, and marshal resources to move forward.
  • Exhibit mindsets which include hope and gratitude.

Our students:

  • Access, select, and use resources efficiently and wisely to achieve success.
  • Transfer and adapt learnings from diverse experiences.

Our students:

  • Act honestly and demonstrate care for the interests of the larger community and greater good.
  • Honor commitments and own the outcomes, whether positive or negative.

Our students:

  • Proactively organize tasks and actions and thoughtfully make decisions, prioritizing short-term and long-term goals.
  • Initiate and take action independently, leveraging resources to accomplish goals.

Our students:

  • Leverage appropriate tools to consume, create, communicate, and connect.
  • Adapt to constantly evolving tools and appropriately integrate into daily life.
  • Act with an understanding of the ethical, legal, and humanistic behavior surrounding the access and use of technology and human-machine interaction.