The Profile of a Graduate sets goal that educators should help their students achieve to adequately prepare them with basic skills for a successful life after high school- whatever path that they may take (VDOE, 2020). Students should leave school ready to enter college or the workplace with the skills that will help them to develop into adults with competency in the skills needed to thrive in the workplace and the real world. This includes developing their self-awareness and understanding of cultural and global connections. A graduate should be ready to enter the world and utilize critical thinking skills to form logical understandings and make informed decisions. A teacher’s role is to guide students to proficiency in these skills. Graduates should be able to read with purpose and comprehension (Tovani, 2015). They should be able to appropriately express their ideas through writing (Urquhart & McIver, 2005). Also, they should graduate with a solid global education so that they know the relationships between themselves, their communities, their country, and the intertwined connections to other nations (Reimers, 2016). It is these combinations of skills that will allow them to navigate the world as responsible adults with the tools needed to create and seek opportunities to advance themselves in whatever field or role that they choose.
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Virginia Department of Education. (2020). Profile of a Virginia Graduate. VDOE :: Graduation (Diploma) Seals of Achievement. https://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/graduation/profile-grad/index.shtml.