Central Themes for Learning

The Framework for Teaching and Learning begins with student learning as the focus for everything we do. This component, in the graphic above, identifies the skills and behaviors necessary to support and foster to ensure that our students are able to obtain knowledge and understandings, deepen their learning, and thus are prepared for their future.

Communication - Students effectively communicate orally and in writing, and use a variety of techniques and technologies to communicate with the intended audience. They listen meaningfully, provide feedback, and organize information for a range of communicative purposes.

Collaboration - Students work well in collaborative groups, share a collective responsibility for work, and understand the value of their individual contribution. They work effectively with diverse individuals, appreciate multiple points of view, and understand how to work together toward a common goal.

Character - Students are respectful to self and others and responsible for their words and actions. They act with fairness and integrity, and are citizens who contribute to their communities.

Critical Thinkers - Students interpret and analyze information from different perspectives to make and understand arguments and draw conclusions. They reflect on the learning process and their progress toward learning goals in order to self-adjust and plan.

Problem-Solvers - Students draw upon knowledge and experiences to solve complex and unfamiliar problems individually and in groups. They construct questions that clarify and target solutions.

Growth Mindset - Students believe their abilities are not fixed, but grow through effort and hard work. They persevere through difficult tasks, obstacles, and failures and recognize the value and relevance of their schoolwork as it relates to the real world.

Academic Literacy - Students demonstrate mastery of content and are able to read, write, think, listen, and speak effectively applying these skills to each academic discipline. They understand thinking processes as they relate to content learning and utilize digital tools available to support their learning.