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Fort Wayne Community Schools holds workshop to find 'Ideal' graduate

The workshop, which was created to help find the ideal traits for a FWCS graduate to have to enter the workforce in Fort Wayne, was held at the Allen War Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) hosted a day-long workshop to determine the ideal graduate from the district.

The workshop invited students, staff members, and business leaders to come and discuss what traits a graduating student should have by the end of their time at FWCS.

Superintendent Mark Daniel said it's important to determine the ideal graduate to help them meet the needs of the community as the graduate and begin a professional or collegiate career.

“What are those attributes? And then how do we drive those attributes from the graduate all the way down to the preschool child to meet those workforce needs of our community in the future?”

The district is working with Ford Next Generation Learning which has worked with school districts across the country, but Daniel says the conversation is focused on what an ideal graduate looks like in Fort Wayne.

Diana Zaldivar is a senior at Northrop High School who participated in the workshop. She said, after college, she hopes to remain in Fort Wayne because it’s her hometown.

“You know, I’ve known a lot of people in town for years. And I just think the people here are really welcoming. So, that’s why I want to come back.”

Daniel said they’ll take what they hear today and continue the conversation to determine an ideal graduate from FWCS.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.
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