A district-wide learning expectation of significance is an expectation that as a result of meaningful and authentic learning experiences over time, students will be able to exhibit a culmination of their learning in a real-world context that has significant purpose and meaning for them and others. These goals include:
Learn and use basic knowledge and skills
A broad spectrum of knowledge and skills is necessary to move to the next level of understanding in each of these academic areas: language arts, mathematics, biological and physical sciences, fine arts and social studies.
Acquire and apply critical and creative thinking skills
Problem solving and innovation require students to analyze, apply, synthesize and evaluate information as to take the risk inherent in imagining new possibilities.
Learn to work effectively in groups
Success in school and the workplace requires self-discipline, open discussion, active listening and shared responsibility in an environment of collaborative leadership, common commitment and mutual trust.
Access and use information
Effective research skills, including the use of technology as a tool, are necessary to fully access, manage, organize, apply, communicate and evaluate information to solve problems in and beyond the classroom.
Master the ability to communicate effectively
Personal and group success depends on the full and effective use and interpretation of the following communication skills: listening, reading, speaking, writing and the fine arts.
Demonstrate individual, civic and global responsibility
Responsibility as a citizen in our diverse community, nation and world requires students to demonstrate an understanding of our democratic system and its relationship to social and political systems throughout the world.