By Randi Anderson, Superintendent Pelican Rapids Schools

As I look out my window on a frosty morning in February, I am honored to be working for such a passionate educational community and staff who work hard to reach each student. We have been very busy this school year, defining who we are as well as sharing the great things happening in our school and within the community.

Along with over 3,100 districts across the country, Pelican Rapids Schools is raising a question, “What does education today need to look like to ensure student success for an ever-changing future?”

World trends affect our students. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist, using technologies that haven’t yet been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t yet know exist.

Thus, we are embarking on a journey to ‘Build the Profile of a 2036 Graduate’… This process has begun with community conversations about the skills our students need in order to be successful in the future. Here are some of the topics we have heard from you so far: the importance of leadership, critical thinking, informed decision-making, perseverance, problem-solving, and risk-taking.

I invite you to join us as we continue these conversations and explore ways to enhance and redefine the educational opportunities for students in Pelican Rapids. We are in the process of creating a team ‘Building the Profile of a 2036 Graduate.’ This group of parents, community members, teachers, students, and district leadership will be meeting monthly for the rest of the school year to create a vision of the future. If you are interested in being a part of this team, please contact me at 218-863-9315 or randerson@pelicanrapids.k12.mn.us.

We will be continuing this exciting journey on Sunday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Auditorium as we debut a 90 minute documentary “Most Likely to Succeed.” This movie takes a look at American education and provides an opportunity to re-imagine what students and teachers do. A 30 minute discussion will follow to share ideas for enhancing our current educational system.

Our collective goal is to ensure that our students are well-prepared and successful in life.