Moving from Initiative Fatigue to Alignment and Coherence
Over the past several decades, California school districts have made great strides to respond to the growing societal need to better prepare CA youth for success in college, careers, and civic engagement. Collectively, the mix of initiatives have focused on several interrelated areas of growth. Without doubt, these efforts have led to valuable lessons learned, built organizational capacity, and improved student outcomes. Indeed, they inform the way forward.
While we certainly have much to celebrate, the sheer number of initiatives can feel overwhelming and lead to fatigue. Trying to manage efforts that sometimes seem to be at odds with one another can leave districts scrambling to find a coherent strategy for educational transformation.
There is a compelling case for the Graduate Profile to serve as the organizing structure for a coherent strategy for educational transformation because, unlike several other potential organizing structures, a Graduate Profile is:
- Student-centered – focused on competencies that advance student readiness for college and career
- Outcome-based – focused on student learning outcomes that, in turn, can inform an appropriate and aligned set of inputs
- Locally-defined – addresses local needs and context, fulfilling the spirit of the “California Way” that prioritizes local control