To develop the Portrait of a Graduate, District 57 engaged in a two-year collaborative process that included a review of current research related to the traits and capabilities of highly successful individuals. The process also involved an examination of national standards in math, language arts, science, social science, and social-emotional learning, as well as professional practices for educators. Additionally, 70 students and staff members participated in learning experiences that embedded the characteristics present within the Portrait of a Graduate. Feedback was also gathered from 268 community members and 1,108 fourth through eighth grade students through surveys. Furthermore, 42 focus groups consisting of students, parents/guardians, and District 57 staff members were conducted to gather more input. Overall, more than 1,300 voices were represented in the development of the Portrait of a Graduate.