College and career readiness have a national emphasis today in K-12 education. Most districts conduct surveys to assess student career interests and then design their K-12 programs toward those interests. Other districts work with their chamber of commerce and workforce development offices to determine what current needs are for the workforce and how to design programs to meet these needs.
This plan looks into the future of a community and its workforce and designs a school district that will have students ready for whatever the future holds. To that end, Omaha Public Schools created a portrait of a graduate that defines what every graduate should know and be able to do upon graduation. The district will focus on this graduate portrait from Pre-K to graduation to ensure each student has the skills to succeed. Throughout a student's entire career at Omaha Public School, they will learn to become Resilient Achievers, Collaborators, Communicators, Critical Thinkers, Innovators and Civic & Global Contributors.