Navigating POG POL at Navy

What is Portrait of a Graduate?

Portrait of a Graduate (POG) acknowledges that in our rapidly changing world, education needs to evolve to fulfill our mission of supporting student success in school and in life. It is our commitment to ensuring that all students have the skills to be successful in all aspects of life today and in the future. FCPS's new strategic plan uses POG as a set of measures for our students to reach the goals of academic growth and excellence along with leading tomorrow’s innovation. POG prioritizes the development of skills that will empower students to be productive citizens of a global community and successful in the workforce of the future. POG is broken down into five attributes:

  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Creative and Critical Thinker
  • Ethical and Global Citizen
  • Goal-directed and Resilient Individual

Our goal in FCPS and at Navy Elementary School is to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate learning in more authentic ways. Additionally, students use these skills throughout the school day, at home, and in the community through sports, hobbies, and other interests. As adults, they'll use them in their careers and relationships. 

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What is a Presentation of Learning?

POG Presentations of Learning (POG POL) give every learner multiple opportunities from PreK-12 to demonstrate growth toward grade-level expectations for Portrait of a Graduate outcomes. Currently our second and fifth grade teams will have Presentations of Learning at the end of the school year. In these presentations, students reflect on their growth over time and present a cumulative summary of learning through:

  • Student-led conferences.
  • Formal presentations.
  • Exhibitions of learning.

Students present evidence of growth to authentic audiences at specific grade levels. A common POG POL rubric is used for scoring and student feedback. Some elements of POG POL include:

  • Reflection on POG growth over time.
  • Curation of evidence of learning or growth, often in the form of a portfolio.
  • Authentic audience (e.g., teachers, parents, peers) provides feedback.
  • Sharing of learning experiences and goals.

What Does POG POL Look Like at Navy Elementary?

Each grade level at Navy focuses on their chose attribute and skills. We feel it is important for each grade level to focus on what best fits their students and what they are learning. Take a look what POG skills each grade level is focusing on. 

Skills by Grade Level

Kindergarten (Communicator)

  1. I write to share my ideas
  2. I make connections to what I read and hear

First Grade (Communicator)

  1. I make connections to what I read and hear
  2. I speak so others can understand me

Second Grade (Communicator)

  1. I write to share my ideas
  2. I make connections to what I read and hear

Third Grade (Collaborator)

  1. I respectfully listen to the ideas about others
  2. I help my team not give up when something is hard

Fourth Grade (Critical & Creative Thinker)

  1. I can revise and refine my ideas
  2. I understand my choices affect the future

Fifth Grade (Collaborator)

  1. I use feedback from others to revise my ideas
  2. I share my ideas with my team

Sixth Grade (Goal Directed & Resilient)

  1. I make safe and healthy choices
  2. I choose friends who make me feel good about myself and try to make other people feel good about themselves

For a pintable copy, please use this link: Navy POG Focus By Grade Level.pdf

How Can You Help?

Ask questions that will help your student reflect on what they did in school. Instead of asking questions like, "What did you do today?", try asking:

  • What did you share?
  • What did you get better at?
  • What new ideas did you come up with?
  • Who did you work with?

These will lead to deeper answers where they talk about the skills that they use to learn. These are the types of questions that they will hear all year long and the ones upon which they'll reflect for their Presentation of Learning later in the spring.

POG Family Conversations

Support your child with POG conversations at home.

POG Family Resources

Take a look at some of the POG resources on the FCPS website.