Based on community input, what are the knowledge, skills, and attitudes a high school graduate needs to succeed in college, career, and life? In the fall of 2015, a team of APS leadership, Mission: Graduate staff, and community partners set out to answer this question. Over the course of the next year, they facilitated 45 focus groups with diverse stakeholders. A research team then analyzed the notes and transcripts from all 45 focus groups and produced the Albuquerque Graduate Profile.
The Albuquerque Graduate Profile is a two-page document. The first page (the hot air balloon) summarizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) high school graduates need to succeed. The second page (the Launchpad) describes ten foundational experiences that support the development of these KSAs. At the center of the Launchpad are the basic needs that form the foundation of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. As schools, families, and community partners, we must do all we can to ensure students have food, shelter, and freedom from fear. Otherwise, the other ten foundational experiences are very difficult to achieve.
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