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Across the country, states and districts are creating a Profile of a Graduate to establish a future-focused vision for the knowledge and skills students need. Graduate profiles represent an important framework to align K-12 education systems to a more holistic vision of student success and to guide college and career readiness with input from diverse constituencies. This session provides a landscape scan of state examples, trends, and next steps for advancing the work.

Session Learning Outcomes:

  1. To analyze how the Profile of a Graduate creates a guiding vision for the future of education in states and districts.
  2. To identify trends across the nation and differentiating characteristics of state and regional examples of the Profile of a Graduate.
  3. To understand the collaborative process of developing a state or regional Profile of a Graduate.



  • Fred Jones, Aurora Institute
  • Alexis Chambers, Aurora Institute