Exploring the Graduate Profile

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Bullitt County Public Schools (BCPS) aim to inspire and equip our students to succeed in life. In order to do so, we have created a Graduate Profile, which details our guide to what we believe a young adult needs to be successful in today's rapidly-changing world. These are our six personal pillars that we intend to teach and encourage throughout your student's journey at BCPS. 

Pillar 1: Effective Communicator

Our first pillar is effective communicator. The world begins and ends with communication, whether it be with our families and neighbors, our classmates and teachers, or our coworkers. However, there's a difference between simply communicating and communicating effectively. An effective communicator: 

  • Demonstrates active listening
  • Engages others in productive discourse leading to solutions
  • Adjusts message according to the context, purpose, and needs of the audience
  • Conveys ideas clearly in verbal, written, visual, and digital forms 

Pillar 2: Innovative Problem Solver

The second pillar is to be an innovative problem solver. The main goal of the education system is to teach problem solving -- how can I work through this issue or problem in front of me? How can I collaborate with the people around me to tackle this challenge? How can I improve for next time? Being an innovative problem solver asks our students to: 

  • Gather and analyze information from a variety of sources, including counter arguments
  • Synthesize ideas/information/data to develop new or unique solutions
  • Analyze and evaluate feedback and impact of approaches on the potential or actual outcome of the work

Pillar 3: Mastery Learners

The third pillar is teaching our students to be mastery learners. No matter what your student does in the future, s/he will continue to learn and grow as an individual. This could be in college, trade school, or any career path your student might choose. Being human in today's world requires us all to learn and adapt -- often quickly. Our mastery learners pillar includes: 

  • Reasons using discipline/content-specific skills
  • Makes adjustments as required based on new knowledge and experiences
  • Applies learned content to settings and contexts beyond the classrooms
  • Applies a growth mindset to persevere when engaging with novel ideas, situations, and challenges

Pillar 4: Self-Directed Navigator

The fourth pillar is encouraging students to be their own self-directed navigator. After graduation, it can often be overwhelming not having a strict class schedule and homework, with teachers to keep you on schedule. All of a sudden, students are required to do it all on their own -- and when this time comes, we want our students to adapt easily. To be a self-directed navigator, the individual must: 

  • Prioritize tasks and manage time effectively
  • Initiate course of action and reflect on challenges/failures as opportunities to learn and improve
  • Set goals and develop an action plan to achieve goals
  • Use strengths and resources to make adjustments around obstacles until goals are achieved

Pillar 5: Productive Collaborator

The fifth pillar is learning to be a productive collaborator. While we need to know how to be a self-directed navigator and accomplish things on our own, we also need to learn how to collaborate with our peers. Many careers are group-based, asking employees to meet with others and work together on projects or goals. We have outlined a productive collaborator as someone who: 

  • Productively works with diverse groups to achieve a goal
  • Listens to others' viewpoints to manage conflict and finds solutions that work towards outcomes
  • Seeks out, provides, and applies constructive feedback to improve outcomes and achieve goals

Pillar 6: Community Contributor

Finally, the sixth pillar asks our graduates to be community contributors. Every other pillar feeds into this final pillar, as we all become part of the community one day. Our communities thrive off involvement, ethics, and progress -- and the younger generations are the most important in keeping our communities on that trajectory. Community contributors: 

  • Recognize a need, plans and engages in action to positively impact local, regional, and/or global communities 
  • Demonstrate empathy and respect for diverse cultures and opinions
  • Demonstrate safe, legal and ethical behavior


If you would like to learn more about our strategic plan, click here


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