During the 2017-18 school year, the Wellesley Public Schools set out to consider the question: What is most important for our students to know and be able to do? In Spring 2018, a task force of more than 50 members of the WPS community developed a so-called “Profile of a Graduate” in partnership with EdLeader21 director Ken Kay.
The competencies outlined in the Profile of a Graduate, along with the Wellesley Public Schools core values – academic excellence, commitment to community, respect for human differences, cooperative and caring relationships – will be foundational to the long-term strategic vision for the district.
The competencies in the Profile of a Graduate range from cognitive (critical thinking, creativity/innovation), to interpersonal (communications, collaboration, engaging locally and globally) to personal (attending to physical, mental and emotional health). Since the development of the Profile of a Graduate, WPS has contemplated also incorporating the concept of “student agency” into the POG. An environment that develops student agency is one that encourages self-advocacy, as well as creates opportunities for student voice and choice.
Developing Student Agency
Respect Human Differences and Challenge Inequity
Create and Innovate
Think Critically and Solve Problems
Engage Locally and Globally
Communicate and Collaborate
Attend to Physical, Mental and Emotional Health