The district asked a diverse group of stakeholders to come together to identify the community’s aspirations for all students. The stakeholders included parents, teachers, students, business leaders, representatives from higher education, and area non-profits. Through a series of meetings, this group affirmed the value of rigorous academics, but also discussed the idea that today’s educational experience must be intentional about fostering the skills young people need to thrive in a complex, rapidly changing world.
The group identified six core competencies needed to succeed, no matter what path a student takes after graduation. The competencies include creativity and innovation, communication, critical thinking and problem solving, citizenship, flexibility and adaptability, and resilience. Once the core competencies were identified, a survey was done to gather feedback from the larger community. Ninety-one percent of survey respondents agreed with the core competencies.
The competencies were used to create District 204’s Portrait of a Graduate that serves as a visual to represent the work. Moving forward, the Portrait of a Graduate serves as a guide for the district to align its work with the community’s aspirations for all students.
The following stakeholders assisted in developing District 204’s Portrait of a Graduate: • Nicki Anderson, CEO, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce • Daniel Bereman, Student, Metea Valley High School • Kristine Black, Teacher, Prairie Children Preschool • Teresa Crafton, Parent, IPSN PTA • Ron Davidson, Vice President, BMO Harris Bank • Janet Derrick, Vice President of CARES Programs, Loaves & Fishes Community Services • Karen Duncan, Parent, IPPC • Mike Dutdut, Principal, Hill Middle School • Adam Dyche, Teacher, Waubonsie Valley High School • Duncan Fox, Student, Neuqua Valley High School • Paul Gamboa, President, IPEA • Jennifer Garcia, Student, Waubonsie Valley High School • Kayla Grayson, Student, Metea Valley High School • Troy Hammond, President, North Central College • Adrienne Holloway, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Aurora • Sennasia Jackson, Student, Waubonsie Valley High School • Rahman Khan, Parent, PDAC • Michelle Lascola, Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School • Lisa Liace, School Psychologist, Hill Middle School • Rob Maldonado, Teacher, Young Elementary School • Kamala Martinez, Executive Director, KidsMatter • Kenn Miller, Chairman, Hub88 • Aaron Mueller, Teacher, Scullen Middle School • Reba Osborne, Director of Membership, Aurora Chamber of Commerce • Kirk Overstreet, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, College of DuPage • Karen Popovich, Teacher, Metea Valley High School • Lynn Pries, President, Naperville Interfaith Leaders Association • Mike Purcell, Director of Core Curriculum, IPSD • Terri Russell, Principal, Brooks Elementary School • Margi Schiemann, Director, Infrastructure Programs & Support, Nicor Gas • Jason Schmidtgall, Assistant Principal, Waubonsie Valley High School • Jim Sheehan, Director of Human Resources, City of Naperville • Rebecca Sherrick, President, Aurora University • Paige Smith, Student, Neuqua Valley High School • Diane Tancredi, Teacher, Metea Valley High School • Somali Tomczak, Director of Field Operations, Nicor Gas • Kimberly White, Executive Director, Community Career Center • Makiya Woods, Director, Global Talent and Organizational Development, Nalco Water