• Profile of a Graduate (POG)

    Welcome, Fairfield community, to our development of the District’s Profile of a Graduate!  Over the course of the next several months, we will identify six (6) to seven (7) essential pillars of our Profile.  Whether you are a student, parent, educator, or member of our community, this is an opportunity to identify the career and life skills and qualities we aim to develop in our Fairfield Area graduates.

    What is a Profile of a Graduate?

    A profile of a graduate is a “north star” in education that outlines the knowledge, skills, and attributes that a student is expected to possess and demonstrate upon completing their K-12 education.  The profile serves as a roadmap, or “north star”, for districts and teachers to design effective and meaningful curricula, teaching methods, and assessment strategies with an emphasis on application to career and college readiness skills. 

    A profile of a graduate is typically comprised of 6-7 pillars commonly referred to as “21st century skills”.  The four most common skills found in a profile of a graduate are communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.     

    Why is a Profile of a Graduate important to the community?

    The importance of a profile of a graduate to the local community can be understood through several perspectives:

    1.  Alignment with local workforce needs – communities rely on a skilled and knowledgeable workforce to provide economic growth and living wages for its residents.  A well-defined profile of a graduate will guide our educational programming and equip our graduates with the essential skills needed in the 21st century job market.
    2. Community development – Fairfield Area graduates who possess a comprehensive set of skills are able to actively participate in civic and social activities, volunteering and other local activities that support the community.
    3. Lifelong learners – communities benefit from having a strong pool of lifelong learners who are able to adapt to new challenges, technologies, and career opportunities, ultimately contributing to the community’s stability and growth.

    Your thoughts and ideas are important and valued because the profile of a graduate will guide the district’s program development, curricula, and teaching methods for the next several years.  So, please share your ideas or concepts that will support us in developing a rich framework for our students. 

    Your responses are anonymous, so please, share the attributes you believe are important for our students…our graduates… to possess for their journey beyond high school.  We want our students to graduate with the skills, knowledge, and character traits they need to succeed in life, not just school.  So, what are you waiting for … please share! Thank you!

    Thomas J. Haupt