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Bringing the Portrait to Life in Schools with Educator Expertise

Schools & Educators

Piloting the Implementation of the Portrait and its Effects on Relationships, Experiences, and the Environment of School 

El proceso de pilotaje de retratos está diseñado para que los equipos escolares de todo Nevada tomen el próximo BORRADOR Retrato de un estudiante de Nevada y comiencen a explorar lo que puede significar en términos de relaciones, experiencias y el entorno escolar. Este proceso inicial tiene como objetivo involucrar a las escuelas de diversas comunidades para ayudarnos a comprender las formas en que el retrato es valioso para impulsar la coherencia hacia experiencias y resultados de aprendizaje significativos para los jóvenes. También informará una estrategia a largo plazo para construir una red para apoyar la colaboración entre educadores en todo Nevada.


Educator Ambassadors

Connecting the Nevada education community to the future of learning.

With support from Nevada education leader and Nevada Future of Learning Network’s community engagement manager, Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton, Educator Ambassadors are focused on engaging educators and community members from across the state in the work to make the Portrait of a Nevada Learner a reality.

These passionate advocates for learner-centered systems change are working together on public awareness, community outreach and networking opportunities with a continual focus on inclusion, collaboration and connection.


2023-24 Educator Ambassadors

Dillon Booker, Clark County

Deanne Hicks, Washoe County 

Jen Loescher, Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program

Michaela Marich, White Pine County

Laura Jeanne Penrod, Clark County

Claire Romzek, Clark County

Felicia Rutledge, Special Education Technology Assistance Project Director, UNR


Competency Champions

Competency Champions are moving the Portrait of a Learner and personalized, competency-based learning forward 

Competency Champions (made up of at least 2 educators from the same campus) engage with professional learning and coaching, together and with other Champions statewide.


Competency Champions focus on implementing competencies on their campus, refining competencies based on their own experience and field feedback, and supporting the creation of a toolkit of best practices for educators across Nevada to scale the implementation of personalized, competency-based learning. 

See Nevada’s Portrait of a Learner Draft Graduate Competencies:

Competency Champions

School and District Design Teams

School and District Design Teams are integrating innovative, portrait-aligned practices into the learning experience.

Churchill County Middle School

“The connection of portrait traits to classroom instruction will provide relevance to the student, so that they know why they are learning it."

Lied STEM Academy

“What do students learn through STEM?” This list consisted of words like “collaboration, failing forward, problem-solving, reading for understanding, critical thinking, exploration, communicating ideas..”

Meadow Valley Middle School

“A grandmother reached out to say that her granddaughter learned more this week than she had all year. Several students expressed the hands on experiences were great and they loved Medical School Week."

Mineral County School District

“We are partnering with TNTP to develop a new vision and strategic plan to guide the district. We took the district's motto and used it with students at each school to incorporate learning values."

Lahontan Elementary School 

“The characteristics of a learner are intended to help build student agency to empower students with the skills to collaborate."

Lincoln Elementary School

“Our innovation project focused on how we can encourage student reflection to connect what they are learning in the classroom with their future goals and the world around them."

Liberty Peak Elementary School

“Many students are realizing that they can be interested in more than one career field or path. They are excited to explore and learn about careers they might not have previously thought about."

Spring Valley High School

“The project's purpose is to address the lack of academic and soft skills among graduates. It demands critical thinking, research, collaboration, writing, and public speaking skills."

Jerome Mack Middle School

"The values and skills the students

should practice: Accountability, Self-Advocacy, Self-Control,

Self-Reflection, Responsibility, Resilient, Integrity, and Gratitude."

Northeast Career & Technical Academy

“[We] are piloting a school model where all students are put in control of their learning path to shorten the timeline from freshman orientation to revenue generation."

Natchez Elementary School

“Our small school community serves a population of over 98% Native Americans from tribal affiliations. Building a culturally inclusive curriculum that allows students to research and engage in their culture can help improve student identity. "

Southside Elementary School

“Our project was designed to open up conversations between teachers and students, teachers and teachers, and students to students."

Regional Professional Development Program

“The RPDPs innovation project was designed to capture Nevada educators’ perceptions of teacher agency through a statewide survey, seeking feedback about how educators viewed their capacity for agency in curriculum and instructional decision making."

Desig Team

Who will join the Future of Learning Network next?

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