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Curriculum and Instruction


An Educational Year in Review

The district instructional program strives to help each student to be prepared to live in the 21st Century.  As such, the district will assist each student in developing skills outlined by the Partnership for 21st Century skills to include:

Core Academic Skills
Mastery of core subjects and 21st century themes is essential for students in the 21st century. Core subjects include:

  • English, reading or language arts
  • World languages
  • Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Economics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Government and Civics

In addition to these subjects, students should have an understanding of academic content at much higher levels by weaving 21st century interdisciplinary themes into core subjects:

  • Global awareness
  • Financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy
  • Civic literacy
  • Health literacy

Learning and Innovation Skills
Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as the skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future.

Information, Media and Technology Skills
People in the 21st century live in a technology and media-suffused environment, marked by various characteristics, including: 1) access to an abundance of information, 2) rapid changes in technology tools, and 3) the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. To be effective in the 21st century, citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology.

Life and Career Skills
Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge. The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to develop adequate life and career skills including:

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Imitative and self-direction
  • Social and cross-cultural skills
  • Productivity and accountability
  • Leadership and responsibility

The district fully accepts the concept that learning is a lifelong process and toward this end actively encourages people of all ages to participate in a wide range of activities to support these instructional goals.

Ref. Partnership for 21st Century Learning: See link on the left hand side