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Guiding Principles for Teaching and Learning

BOARD RESOLUTION - January 2007, Download PDF

Students will demonstrate competency in
the following basic literacies:
Digital-Age Literacies
Inventive Thinking
Effective Communication
High Productivity

Adapted from enGauge® 21st Century Skills: Literacy in the Digital Age, copyright 2003 by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory and the Metiri Group.

Digital-Age Literacies

Basic Literacy
  • Language proficiency - Meet the following standards in the context of traditional and media-based prose, documents, and communication venues encountered in everyday living
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Listening
    • Speaking
  • Numeracy - Meet the following standards in the context of traditional and media-based prose, documents, and communication venues encountered in everyday living
    • Arithmetic computing
    • Mathematical reasoning and problem solving
  • Information and technological literacy - Meet the following standards in the context of traditional and media-based prose, documents, and communication venues encountered in everyday living
    • Recognize when information is needed
    • Locate information
    • Evaluate all forms of information
    • Synthesize and use information effectively
Scientific Literacy
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for participation in a Digital Age society
  • Ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about everyday experiences
  • Describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena
  • Read with understanding articles about science in the popular press and to engage in social conversation about the validity of the conclusions
  • Identify scientific issues underlying national and local decisions and express positions that are scientifically and technologically informed
  • Evaluate the quality of scientific information on the basis of its source and the methods used to generate it
  • Demonstrate the capacity to pose and evaluate arguments based on evidence and to apply conclusions from such arguments appropriately
Economic Literacy
  • Evaluate costs, benefits, and the limitations of resources, using this knowledge to make informed choices as consumers, producers, savers, investors, and citizens
  • Evaluate different methods for allocating goods and services by comparing the costs and benefits of each method
  • Identify economic incentives that affect people's behavior and explain how incentives affect their own behavior
  • Understand how competition, trade barriers, shortages and surpluses, and the interaction between buyers and sellers can influence prices
  • Describe the roles of various public and private economic institutions, including the Federal Reserve
  • Understand the basics of income and its distribution, interest rates, inflation, unemployment, investment, and risk
  • Identify and evaluate the benefits and costs of alternative public policies, and assess who enjoys the benefits and who bears the costs
  • Understand the value of entrepreneurialism and the roles of small and large businesses in the U.S. economy
Technological Literacy
  • Demonstrate a sound conceptual understanding of the nature of technology systems and view themselves as proficient users of these systems
  • Understand and model positive, ethical use of technology in both social and personal contexts
  • Use a variety of technology tools in effective ways to increase creative productivity
  • Use communication tools to reach out to the world beyond the classroom and communicate ideas in powerful ways
  • Use technology effectively to access, evaluate, process and synthesize information from a variety of sources
  • Use technology to identify and solve complex problems in real world contexts
Visual Literacy
  • Understand basic elements of visual design, technique, and media
  • Aware of emotional, psychological, physiological, and cognitive influences in perceptions of visuals
  • Comprehend representational, explanatory, abstract, and symbolic images
  • Interpret visuals produced or displayed through electronic media
  • Are informed viewers, critics, and consumers of visual information
  • Are knowledgeable designers, composers, and producers of visual information
  • Are effective visual communicators
  • Are expressive, innovative visual thinkers and successful problem solvers
Information Literacy
  • Before accessing information
    • Determine what is known and what is needed for problem-solving
    • Identify different sources of information, including text, people, video, audio, and databases
    • Prioritize sources based on credibility and relevance
  • When accessing information
    • Identify and retrieve relevant information from sources; use technology to enhance searching
    • Revise information-gathering strategies that prove to be ineffective
    • Understand how information retrieved does or does not address original problem
    • Evaluate information in terms of credibility and social, economic, political, legal, and ethical issues that may impact it; use technology to facilitate evaluation
  • After information is extracted
    • Use retrieved information to accomplish a specific purpose
    • Present information clearly and persuasively using a range of technology tools and media
    • Evaluate the processes and products of these activities, including resulting social consequences
Multicultural Literacy
  • Value diversity
    • Aware of how cultural beliefs, values, and sensibilities affect the way they and others think and behave
    • Appreciate and accept similarities and differences in beliefs, appearances, and lifestyles
    • Understand how technology impacts culture
  • Exhibit an informed sensitivity
    • Know the history of both mainstream and non-mainstream American cultures
    • Understand the perspectives of other cultural groups
    • Sensitive to issues of bias, racism, prejudice, and stereotyping
  • Actively engage with/in other cultures
    • Work toward becoming bilingual/multilingual
    • Communicate, interact, and work with individuals from other cultural groups, using technology where appropriate
    • Familiar with cultural norms of technology environments and are able to interact successfully in such environments
Global Awareness
  • Knowledgeable about the connectedness of the nations of the world historically, politically, economically, technologically, socially, linguistically and ecologically
  • Understand that these interconnections can have both positive benefits and negative consequences
  • Understand the role of the United States in international policies and international relations
  • Able to recognize, analyze and evaluate major trends in global relations and the interconnections of these trends with both their local and national communities
  • Understand how national cultural differences impact the interpretation of events at the global level
  • Understand the impact of ideology and culture on national decisions about access to and use of technology
  • Participate in the global society by staying current with international news and by participating in the democratic process

Inventive Thinking

Adaptability and Managing of Complexity
  • When dealing with change
    • Positive about change and recognize the gains that might result from it
    • Adapt to change quickly and calmly, without idealizing earlier methods and ideas
  • When faced with complex problems or multiple goals
    • Think about problems from multiple perspectives; understand they can be solved using different strategies and can involve more than one solution
    • Anticipate contingencies and handle them with confidence
    • Look for and correct problems as they occur; abandon strategies that prove to be ineffective
    • Manage multiple goals and set sub-goals in service of larger ones; stay focused under pressure and keep sight of "the big picture"
  • Use self-management strategies to
    • Allocate time and resources
    • Remain organized
    • Accountable for meeting goals
    • Strive towards goals despite obstacles
    • Understand the components of relevant systems
    • Reflect on lessons learned from past behaviors, and use these insights to help plan future endeavors
  • In the planning phase
    • Set goals
    • Plan strategically
    • Believe in their abilities
  • During learning activities
    • Work to reach goals
    • Develop interest in their work
    • Focus and maintain their attention
    • Constantly teach self
    • Monitor own performance
    • Seek help when needed
  • Upon completion
    • Evaluate their work
    • Understand that hard work and perseverance breed success
    • Maintain positive self-image of self as learner
    • Use what is learned to adapt to new situations
  • Display personal characteristics
    • React positively to novel elements in the environment and often seek new experiences
    • Demonstrate tolerance of ambiguity and less anxious in uncertain situations than children who are not curious
    • Explore novel elements in the environment by moving toward, manipulating, or asking questions about those elements
    • Persist in examining new elements in order know more about them
  • Approach learning in unique ways
    • Often learn more than is required
    • Look for patterns or engage in hypothesis testing
    • Stumble upon topics that prompt spontaneous inquiry
    • Make an active attempt to learn about and keep abreast of novel ideas and current events
    • Motivated to learn intrinsically rather than extrinsically
  • Exhibit innovation and risk-taking
    • Produce original, unique, and cogent ideas, phrases, and products
    • Exhibit expertise in at least one domain
    • Take risks and excel despite mistakes
  • Intrinsically motivated
    • Exhibit curiosity, inquisitiveness, wonder, and excitement
    • Flexible and adaptable
    • Immersed in challenging learning for intrinsic reasons
    • Tolerate ambiguity well and respond with spontaneity and ingenuity
  • Exhibit complex personalities
    • Energetic, yet able to quietly contemplate ideas
    • Divergent thinkers, yet able to think convergently at appropriate times
    • Playful, yet disciplined and able to persevere
    • Imaginative, yet rooted in reality
    • Extroverted, yet able to be introspective
    • Passionate and committed to learning, yet analytical and objective
    • Driven and aggressive, yet sensitive
  • Are willing to tackle challenging tasks, even when success is uncertain
  • Choose tasks involving reasonable or intermediate risk rather than excessive risk
  • Share and advocate ideas, even when those ideas are unconventional
  • Willing to hold work or thinking to critical appraisal and amend thinking when successfully challenged
  • Willing to be incorrect and willingly take on tasks that might result in errors
Higher-Order Thinking and Sound Reasoning
  • Identify the essential elements in a problem as well as the interaction between those elements; use electronic tools to facilitate analysis
  • Assign relative values to essential elements of a problem and use those values to rank elements in meaningful ways; assess similarities and differences in problems and their elements
  • Construct relationships between the essential elements of a problem that provide insight into it; extract implications and conclusions from facts, premises, or data
  • Create and apply criteria to gauge the strengths, limitations, and value of information, data, and solutions in productive ways
  • Build new solutions through novel combinations of existing information

Effective Communication

Teaming and Collaboration
  • Personally
    • Willing and able to take on different roles and tasks within the group to accomplish shared ends
    • Open and honest with ideas, concerns, and values
    • Act as leaders as well as followers
    • Apply collaborative skills to a variety of situations
    • Reflect on group interactions after collaborative activities; use experiences to make future collaboration more productive
  • Interpersonally
    • Commit to a shared goal and accept responsibility for group work toward that goal
    • Work to match tasks to team member abilities, expanding team membership when necessary
    • Share personal understandings and resources with other group members
    • Listen respectfully and objectively; offer constructive feedback
    • Interactively design and redesign solutions through honest debate, disagreement, discussion, research, and development
Interpersonal Skills
  • Aware of and able to manage their own emotions, strengths, and limits during both face-to-face and virtual interactions
  • Able to manage their behavior during social interactions
  • Able to align their goals to the goals of others during collaborative activities
  • Understand and positively manage the emotions of others in both face-to-face and virtual environments: empathize with others; are sensitive to their needs and to the forces that shape the way they feel and behave; enhance their strengths and abilities
  • Manage conflict effectively by devising win-win solutions; constructively influence the behavior of others; use effective communication and persuasive strategies, listen well
Personal Responsibility
  • Acknowledge that access to technology is a privilege, not a right, and as such warrants adherence to protocols and ethics
  • Practice responsible use of technology systems, information, and technology
  • Understand the global implications of personal actions within the World Wide Web system
  • Set, prioritize, and meet personal as well as civic, family, and work-related goals; maintain a focus on important goals in spite of obstacles
  • Balance personal, civic, family, and work demands
Civic Responsibility
  • Recognize the importance of citizens’ access to and use of information in a democratic society
  • Pursue technology-related public policy that promotes ethical behavior, maintains personal privacy, and protects intellectual property as it recognizes and manages the inherent risks and ethical dilemmas raised by innovation
  • Actively engage in public discourse and raise public awareness on ethical issues raised by new, emerging technologies
  • Promote positive technological changes that advance the public good
Interactive Communication
  • When selecting modes of interaction
    • Consider features, conventions, and etiquette of interactive electronic environments
    • Choose media and processes appropriate to purpose and audience
    • Seek out and interact with virtual communities of interest (formal and informal learning)
  • During interaction
    • Use a range of expression (voice, video, text, image, etc.) to maximize the impact of a medium or online environment
    • Work in synchronous modes, are comfortable with immediacy of interaction, engaging in appropriate give-and-take and effectively interpreting and providing emotional cues to enhance electronic communications
    • Manage high-volume electronic communication efficiently and effectively
    • Listen well, seek mutual understanding, welcome full sharing of information, and consider others’ views before commenting
    • Exhibit personally responsible behavior, especially in situations of anonymity

High Productivity

Prioritizing, Planning, and Managing for Results
  • Able to frame meaningful questions that provide clear direction to planning processes
  • Spend a considerable amount of "up-front" time reflecting on these questions and developing a specific plan that is likely to lead to a solution
  • Anticipate obstacles and plan accordingly, sustaining interest and effort in the face of complexity
  • Exhibit positive leadership traits; cause others to act in accordance with a plan
  • Utilize time and resources efficiently and effectively
  • Monitor progress effectively throughout the implementation of the plan
  • Self-evaluate
Effective Use of Real-World Tools
  • Understand the value of tools for a particular field and are comfortable using these tools
  • Enhance learning about content areas through both general technology tools and those specific to a field of study
  • Use the real-world tools of field practitioners as a bridge between the theory and practice
  • Document resultant products and, when appropriate, write technical manuals to guide use and possibly continued development of the work by others
Ability to Produce Relevant, High-Quality Products
  • Ensure that content is accurate, balanced, carefully researched, and well-documented (application of information literacy)
  • Strategically use a variety of media (text, video, audio) and technology tools to add value to their products
  • Skillfully integrate and apply technological, information, and visual literacies to generate "knowledge products"
  • Create "knowledge products" that have significance beyond the classroom walls
  • Understand both the utility of the products created and the way they meet the needs or demands of the original problem
  • Have internal standards for high quality products, and routinely use these standards to test and evaluate products and the processes that led to them


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