It can be daunting to think about a long trajectory of continuous improvement in order to achieve a desired outcome. Sometimes it’s helpful to have a picture of what it looks like when a Graduate Profile is fully operationalized. While there are several schools and districts, even states, that have moved along the journey and can share illustrative videos, case studies, and artifacts, no district in the U.S. (that we are aware of) can profess to “being done.” That said, Appendix A captures a bulleted list of what full operationalization might look like. It’s a picture of a future state.
If the outcomes articulated in the Graduate Profile truly reflect a “North Star” that guides the district, then rather than thinking about its realization as “one more thing,” it becomes the organizing structure into which most other initiatives and programs are folded to assure alignment and coherence.
While all five phases are essential, “capacity to advance” constitutes the lion’s share of the investment in terms of time and resources. For that reason, the largest section of this Blueprint is dedicated to that phase.