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NEASC-CPS Vision of the Graduate Workshops

We are pleased to offer two-day workshops designed to assist schools/districts with developing and refining their Visions of the Graduate:

NEASC-CPS Vision of the Graduate Workshops

March 30-31, 2020

9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Hartford, CT
Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103


April 1-2, 2020

9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Burlington, MA 
NEASC Offices
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803



The NEASC-CPS Standards for Accreditation ask schools to create a Vision of the Graduate along with their core values and beliefs about learning. This vision should include the development of transferable skills, knowledge, understandings, and dispositions necessary for future success. After creating a vision and defining these important attributes, many schools struggle with how to create assessments that will adequately measure student progress toward proficiency. For students to think critically, work collaboratively, and learn deeply, systems of assessment must be shifted to match these practices.

"The Vision of the Graduate embeds essential life skills into expectations of our public schools. It’s not just content and academics. It’s about building transferable skills needed for our students to be successful in their future."

- Erin Palonen, Principal, Griswold High School, CT


Workshop overview:

Day 1 - Developing your Vision of the Graduate

Day 1 will start with understanding the importance and implications of developing a Vision of the Graduate for a school or district. Participants will work in groups to identify the transferable skills, knowledge, understandings, and dispositions that students will need to be successful after high school. Teams will work together to draft or revise their vision document and will begin to determine what proficiency might look like for the skills and dispositions in their vision.  

Day 2 - Assessing your Vision of the Graduate

Day 2 will focus on developing a system of assessment for a school's Vision of the Graduate. Participants will have the chance to prototype performance tasks that will build and measure student progress in the skills of the graduate profile. Through design thinking and rapid prototyping, participants will learn one model for more authentic assessment of their vision.

Registration Options:

Team Registration, $900.00 — Fee covers the cost of attendance and materials for up to four (4) participants from one school or district ($225.00 per person). Registration is limited to a maximum of 4 people per school district.

Individual Registration, $250.00 — Fee covers the cost of attendance and materials for one participant. 

Please note all registration options include continental breakfast, lunch, and program materials.


The workshops are designed for group participation. Schools/districts are encouraged to register a team of four people who can begin the work of developing their vision to take back to their school communities for further feedback and implementation.

Introducing our workshop leader, Abby Benedetto


For help with registration or payments, contact:
Misha Larson

For questions about workshop content, contact:
Alyson Geary, Deputy Director
Commission on Public Schools