Springfield Technical Community College will host “Portrait of a Graduate,” an educational summit that kicks off the first phase of Springfield Public Schools’ strategic plan.

The event will be held in the auditorium of Scibelli Hall (Building 2) on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

“This plan was designed in collaboration alongside the community with a vision of what every student in the Springfield Public Schools should know and be able to do by the time they graduate high school. We are excited to introduce the first public event to launch our strategic plan,” said Jose Escribano, Chief of Family and Community Engagement for SPS.

The morning event will feature speeches by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick, School Committee members and others.

The session will include a PowerPoint presentation to explain what the Portrait of a Graduate means.

For nearly two years, Springfield Public Schools has engaged the community to help build a Portrait of a Graduate – a vision of the skills and attributes SPS students need to find success in college and career. Community input has been a  vital component of the process, which will ultimately guide the creation of the district’s Strategic Plan for 2021 and beyond, according to the SPS website.

Superintendent Warwick said the development approach for the district’s newest Strategic Plan is unlike anything in the past.

“We are intentionally looking to expand the thought process around what success looks like for our students,” Warwick said in a statement on the SPS website. “We are drilling down past test scores and policies and talking about the attributes that schools need to help foster to set students up for success.”

The website includes links to the Portrait of a Graduate podcast which features segments about project-based learning and financial literacy.