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Creating the Portrait of a Nevada Learner

Why have a portrait?

Nevada students want to know themselves, contribute their skills to the community, connect with others, and thrive through life's inevitable challenges.

The world is more connected than ever. Technological advancements continue to reveal uniquely human skills; the durable skills that are highly correlated with lasting success in the real world.

What does it mean to fully prepare learners to embrace the world as it is and navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead? 


Nevada relies on the contributions of young people across all personal backgrounds and geographies. Whether they live in the heart of Clark County or on the edge of Eureka County, in suburban Washoe County or on Route 95 in Mineral County – Every young person in Nevada deserves the opportunity to build the life they choose. Every child in Nevada deserves the time and resources that make opportunity possible.

In 2021 and 2022, Nevada educators, students, families, businesses and community members came together to imagine the future of learning and create an action plan for how to get there.

We heard from Nevadans about the skills and mindsets that matter most to them.

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October 2022

200 Nevadans gathered to envision the future of learning and identify portrait mindsets and skills.

What skills and mindsets do students need?


January 2023


Youth participating in the Vision Seekers Fellowship share input on the evolving portrait.


January 2023

Over 1,400 inputs from virtual conversations and Survey 1 were coded to create a visualization of data, referred to as a Portrait Draft.




Keep moving when you feel stuck




*Real input from real Nevadans.

The Portrait evolved with more input from more Nevadans.

January - April 2023

600+ Nevadans completed Survey 2 alongside virtual and in-person feedback conversations. 50+ one-on-one interviews were held with Nevadans. These conversations shaped the final portrait.


Draft 1


How can this work best for you?

The portrait can be a facilitator, not a dictator

Make it more actionable

Define and reduce the characteristics

*Real input from real Nevadans.

May 2023: A final portrait is created


How will I grow in my learning?

How do I build & sustain relationships & community?

How will I contribute to make an impact?

How will I thrive?

Portrait Timeline

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