Dear Families and Community Members,
The Bedford Public Schools district invites you to participate in the first phase of a strategic planning process that aims to identify the competencies, knowledge, and dispositions that all BPS students should have by the time that they graduate.
This Portrait of the Graduate will subsequently serve as the end goal for the second planning phase, the identification of the steps that the district will need to take to make sure that all students’ active, engaged and deep learning, pre-K through 12, leads to these outcomes.
The Portrait of the Graduate process will engage members of all of the Bedford Public Schools’ constituencies: students, parents, faculty, and community members/civic leaders in a collaborative learning experience about how present and future societal changes will impact what we will want all students to know, understand and be able to do. For families, community members, and high school students, we are offering two opportunities to participate in the Portrait of the Graduate creation process. These are paired meetings, because the work of learning together and creating Portrait drafts, will require participation in two sessions. To sign up, please see below.
Acknowledging that the future, in many ways, is already present, the Bedford schools have, for quite some time, been deepening our understanding of these changing needs and transforming our methods of instruction. Our present approach strives to ensure that all students develop the intrapersonal well-being and the intellectual muscle required to learn how to think knowledgeably, analytically and creatively, to understand and solve complex problems, to communicate effectively, and to work collaboratively in a diverse society.
But while clear that we are on the right track, we see the need to pause every five or so years, to create an inclusive and in-depth process that looks at the needs of the whole student, of the changing world of civics, work, leisure, global interconnectedness, and the technological, social and physical environments, and plan accordingly. By engaging the many voices of our Bedford, Boston, and Hanscom communities, we hope to think outside the box as well as consider the changing nature of learning.
The paired sessions are as follows:
- October 21 and November 4, From 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM, at ABCD in Boston.
Vans, for those who would like to ride together, will depart Bedford High School at 5:15 PM.
- October 30 and November 19, from 6:30 PM to 8:45 PM, in the LGI, Bedford High School.
Vans or carpooling from Boston will be available and will depart METCO, Inc. at 5:15 PM
If you would like to participate, please indicate so by going to the link below, by October 12. We need a count in order to plan the number of small workgroups, to prepare group learning materials, and to provide coffee and waters to participants.
Jon Sills, Superintendent