In December 2019, Columbus City Schools partnered with Battelle for Kids to begin work on the collaborative Portrait of a Graduate process in shaping the district’s “North Star” -- a new educational vision to guide the district for years to come. Then, a series of events were set in motion that no one could have predicted. Facing two simultaneous public health crises, the district was charged with whether or not it would meet this moment successfully all the while keeping the focus on transforming the system and the future of learning for the sake of the students of Columbus. This is the story about a year on the brink for one urban school district and the universal themes of how together a community can rise above.

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If our community is not focused on our students, they are not focused on the future. Supporting and investing in our students changes the future and by that, it changes the city.

Dr. Talisa Dixon, Superintendent/CEO