In Elizabeth, the school district and business community are working together to prepare students for life after graduation -- even from the earliest years -- by improving career-connected learning so students have a clearer picture of what’s possible for their futures.
Profile of a Graduate
Core to this effort is the Profile of a Graduate, which says the school district will, from kindergarten through graduation, provide opportunities for students to develop seven characteristics that will help them thrive at any stage of life – well beyond their time in school.
The seven competencies on which the district is focused are also ways to describe each graduate:
- Empathetic and collaborative.
- Adaptable and resilient.
- Effective communicator.
- Independent learner.
- Academically prepared.
From elementary school through high school, there are different ways those characteristics are taught and encouraged, in age-relevant ways.
Graduate characteristics at Running Creek
The Profile of a Graduate now integrates with Running Creek Elementary curriculum. The school has used PBIS, the 7 Habits and the Profile of a Graduate to nurture students' wellbeing as well as foster college and career readiness and leadership development.
Students aren’t expected to show mastery of the concepts – just an understanding that can be built upon as they continue to learn and grow through the district. Every month we will focus on one of the elements of the graduate profile and students who exemplify the current characteristic will be recognized at the monthly awards assembly.