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Bringing the Portrait to Life in Schools with Educator Expertise

Schools & Educator Insights

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

To ensure that those closest to the work contribute to shaping the Portrait of a Nevada Learner, the Nevada Department of Education brought educators' voices and practitioner expertise into the process. This initial process engaged schools of diverse communities to help us understand the value of the portrait in driving coherent learning experiences. The case studies created by each school team (listed below) are helping inform the long-term strategy of a growing network for  educator collaboration statewide. 

At schools representing learners of all ages and grade levels, PK-12, Pilot Portrait Teams focus on an innovation priority that would illuminate what it means to align with elements of the evolving Portrait of a Nevada Learner.


Significantly, these educators also are shaping the pathways for professional learning inside the Nevada Future of Learning Network that will support statewide implementation of the Portrait. 


Educator Ambassadors

Connecting the Nevada education community to the future of learning.

With support from Nevada education leader Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton, Educator Ambassadors are engaging fellow educators and community members 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. 

Competency Champions

Mastering Mindsets

Delta Academy

Social Emotional Learning

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Authentic Learning

Glen Taylor Elementary

Social Emotional Learning


Capstone Projects

Fremont Professional Dev. Middle & Academy of Medical Sciences



Career Coaching

Northeast Career & Tech 

College & Career Readiness


Open Dialogue

Southside Elementary

Social Emotional Learning

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Student Identity

Natchez Elementary

Social Emotional Learning

Adult Students

Genius Hour

Liberty Peak 


Empathy + Electives

Churchill County Middle School

School Culture

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Vocational Studies

High Desert Adult High School

Adult Education


Learning in Action

Kenny Guinn Middle STEM 

Project Based Learning

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Personal Projects

Spring Valley High School

College & Career Readiness

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Rigor + Joy

Meadow Valley Middle

School Culture

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Student Voice

White Pine School District 

District Leadership


Student Influence

Lincoln Elementary

Social Emotional Learning

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SEL Literacy

Lahontan Elementary

Social Emotional Learning


Student Identity

Jerome Mack Middle

Social Emotional Learning


STEM Teaching

Lied STEM Academy


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Women's Circle

Nevada State University

Social Emotional Learning


Student Symposium

Douglas County School District

School Culture


Reflective Learning

Manse Elementary

Student-Centered Learning


The ARTEMIS Project 

Goldfarb Elementary 


School and District Design Teams

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

Impactful and scalable approaches to bring the Portrait of a Nevada Learner to life.

Desig Team

Case Studies Archive

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."


Who will join the Future of Learning Network next?

District Leadership

How are districts activating the portrait?

By aligning the state vision with local values, districts are crafting personalized portraits that reflect the diverse needs and aspirations of their learners and surrounding communities. District portraits serve as blueprints for learner-centered practices. Explore how districts are activating the portrait to inspire and support learners.

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