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21st Century Skills


Core Subjects



    21st century skills implementation requires the development of core academic subject knowledge and understanding among all girls. Those who can think critically and communicate effectively must build on a base of core academic subject knowledge. Core subjects include:
    • English, reading or language arts                    • World languages
    • Arts                                                             • Mathematics
    • Economics                                                    • Science
    • Geography                                                    • History
    • Government and Civics

    Global Awareness



    Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
    Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures,  
      religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and

      community contexts
    Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non- English languages.


    Financial, Economic, Buisness and Entrepreneurial Literacy


    Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues
    Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures,  
      religions and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and

      community contexts
    Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non- English languages.


    Civic Literacy



    Knowing how to make appropriate personal economic choices
    Understanding the role of the economy in society

    • Using entrepreneurial skills to enhance workplace productivity and career options.

      Heath Literacy



    Obtaining, interpreting and understanding basic health information and services and using
      such information and services in ways that enhance health
    Understanding preventive physical and mental health measures, including proper diet,
       nutrition, exercise, risk avoidance and stress reduction
    Using available information to make appropriate health-related decisions
    Establishing and monitoring personal and family health goals
    Understanding national and international public health and safety issues.


    Enviromental Literacy



    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the environment and the circumstances and
       conditions affecting it, particularly as relates to air, climate, land, food, energy, water and ecosystems.
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of society’s impact on the natural world (e.g.,
      population growth, population development, resource consumption rate, etc.)
    Investigate and analyze environmental issues, and make accurate conclusions about
      effective solutions
    Take individual and collective action towards addressing environmental challenges (e.g.,
      participating in global actions, designing solutions that inspire action on environmental issues)



    Learning and Innovation SKills


    Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as those that separate girls who are prepared for a more and more 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 girls for the future.


    Creativity and Innovation



    Use a wide range of idea creation techniques (such as brainstorming)
    Create new and worthwhile ideas (both incremental and radical  concepts)
    Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts
    Develop, implement and communicate new ideas to others effectively
    Be open and responsive to new and diverse perspectives; incorporate group input and
      feedback into the work
    Demonstrate originality and inventiveness in work and understand the real world limits to adopting new ideas
    View failure as an opportunity to learn; understand that creativity and innovation is a long
      term, cyclical process of small successes and   frequent mistakes
    Act on creative ideas to make a tangible and useful contribution to the field  in which the innovation will occur.


    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving



    • Use various types of reasoning (inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation

    Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems
    Effectively analyze and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims and beliefs
    Analyze and evaluate major alternative points of view
    Synthesize and make connections between information and arguments
    Interpret information and draw conclusions based on the best analysis
    Reflect critically on learning experiences and processes
    Solve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways and identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions.


    Communication and Collaboration



    • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts

    Listen effectively to decipher meaning, including knowledge, values,attitudes and intentions
    Use communication for a range of purposes (e.g. to inform, instruct, motivate and persuade)
    Utilize multiple media and technologies, and know how to judge their effectiveness a priori,
      as well as assess their impact
    Communicate effectively in diverse environments (including multi-  lingual)
    Demonstrate ability to work effectively and respectfully with diverse teams
    Exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal
    Assume shared responsibility for collaborative work and value the individual contributions made by each teammember



    Information Media and Technology Skills


    People in the 21st century live in a technology and media-suffused environment,marked by various characteristics, including:
        -access to an abundance of information,
        -rapid changes in technology tools, and
        -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.


    Information Literacy



    Access information efficiently (time) and effectively (sources)
    Evaluate information critically and competently
    Use information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at hand
    Manage the flow of information from a wide variety of sources
    Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and
       use of information
    Understand both how and why media messages are constructed, and for what purposes
    Examine how individuals interpret messages differently, how values and points of view are
      included or excluded, and how media can influence beliefs and behaviors
    Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of media
    Understand and utilize the most appropriate media creation tools, characteristics and conventions
    Understand and effectively utilize the most appropriate expressions and interpretations in  
       diverse, multi-cultural environments



    ICT (Information Communications and Technology) Literacy



    Use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information
    Use digital technologies (computers, PDAs, media players, GPS, etc.),
      communication/networking tools and social networks appropriately to access, manage,
      integrate, evaluate and create information to successfully function in a knowledge economy
    Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and
      use of information technologies


    Life and Careers 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 girls to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills.


    Flexibility and Adaptability



    Adapt to varied roles, jobs responsibilities, schedules and contexts
    Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity and changing priorities
    Incorporate feedback effectively
    Deal positively with praise, setbacks and criticism
    Understand, negotiate and balance diverse views and beliefs to reach workable solutions, particularly in multi-cultural environments.


    Initiative and Self-direction



    Set goals with tangible and intangible success criteria
    Balance tactical (short-term) and strategic (long-term) goals
    Utilize time and manage workload efficiently
    Monitor, define, prioritize and complete tasks without direct oversight
    Go beyond basic mastery of skills and/or curriculum to explore and expand
      one’s own learning and opportunities to gain expertise
    Demonstrate initiative to advance skill levels towards a professional level
    Demonstrate commitment to learning as a lifelong process
    Reflect critically on past experiences in order to inform future progress.


    Social and Cross-cutural Skills



    Know when it is appropriate to listen and when to speak
    Conduct themselves in a respectable, professional manner
    Respect cultural differences and work effectively with people from a range of social and cultural backgrounds
    Respond open-mindedly to different ideas and values
    Leverage social and cultural differences to create new ideas and increase both innovation and quality of work.


    Productivity and Acciuntability



    Set and meet goals, even in the face of obstacles and competing pressures
    Prioritize, plan and manage work to achieve the intended result
    Demonstrate additional attributes associated with producing high quality products including the abilities to:
       - Work positively and ethically
       - Manage time and projects effectively
       - Multi-task
       - Participate actively, as well as be reliable and punctual
       - Present oneself professionally and with proper etiquette
       - Collaborate and cooperate effectively with teams
       - Respect and appreciate team diversity
       - Be accountable for results.


    Leadership and Responsibility



    Use interpersonal and problem-solving skills to influence and guide others toward a goal
    Leverage strengths of others to accomplish a common goal
    Inspire others to reach their very best via example and selflessness
    Demonstrate integrity and ethical behaviour in using influence and power
    Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind.