Our Portrait of a Graduate Core Competencies

  • Paul Duke STEM HS graduates at their 2022 ceremonyThe Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Portrait of a Graduate design team has completed the initial work toward the goal of making 21st century learning a reality for all students. The team has developed the six core competencies that articulate our community’s aspirations for each and every one of our students. The six GCPS Portrait of a Graduate competencies are detailed below.

  • Adaptability

    Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Students

    • work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities, demonstrating flexibility when acclimating to various roles and situations.
    • respond productively to feedback, praise, setbacks, and criticism; persevering to achieve success despite difficulty, opposition, and/or failure.
    • are confident working independently and with diverse groups through various situations.

  • Collaborative Leadership

    Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Students

    • build relationships with others through trust, compassion, and principled behaviors.
    • have a win-win mindset as they seek and maximize opportunities to actively listen and elicit diverse perspectives and contributions from others, consistently seeking collective commitment from others.
    • take risks and know how to develop, organize, and manage new technologies, initiatives, and/or ventures in order to positively impact their world, crafting inspiring visions and action as they do so.
    • intentionally seek and engage opportunities to work with others towards a common purpose.

  • Resourcefulness

    Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Students

    • innovate - translating original and inventive thinking into viable solutions.
    • demonstrate originality, imagination, and new ways of thinking about things.
    • transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, and relationships to create new or meaningful ideas, methods, or interpretations.
    • transfer and adapt to learning from diverse experiences in order to access, select, and use resources (i.e. technology, media, financial, etc.) efficiently and wisely to achieve success.

  • Empathy

    Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Students

    • exhibit emotional intelligence (EQ) – they are introspective and self-aware. They understand and act on the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of other people.
    • are curious about, value and embrace diverse cultures and unique perspectives through mutual respect and open dialogue.
    • understand, negotiate, and balance diverse views and beliefs as they engage with others.

  • Critical Thinking

    Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Students

    • consistently reflect deeply about their own thinking and the “bigger picture”, integrating feedback from others and the world around them into their evolving understandings.
    • consider the benefits and barriers of evolving technologies as they access those technologies to achieve their purposes.
    • are mindful to analyze, evaluate, and assess solutions for complexity and impact on people and situations as they create or curate workable outcomes.
    • are critical consumers of information.

  • Communication

    Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Students

    • articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written, and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts and for a range of purposes and audiences.
    • listen effectively to understand knowledge, values, attitudes, and intentions.