The St. Joseph School District
resolves to educate 21st Century Learners for lifelong success
with a foundational knowledge through rigorous learning and thinking.
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St. Joseph School District Learning Profile
We believe in...
Educating Each Child for Success
21st Century Teaching
21st Century Learning
21st Century Tools
Content in the SJSD defines the parameters of what and how students should learn. Content is viewed as the core foundational knowledge needed to enhance the learning process beyond the classroom.
- Information Literacy
Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information.
- Cross Disciplinary Knowledge
Cross-disciplinary knowledge is rather like a symphony: a composition of different elements that is elevated beyond the original components. It is seen as synthesis and advanced accomplishment that joins both generalized and specialized studies of several disciplines. This integrated learning is an understanding and a disposition that a student builds across the curriculum from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.
- Collaboration & Communication
Communicating and collaborating requires students construct learning by finding answers to their own questions. Students discover and gain new understandings by being part of a group or team and by contributing to local and international project teams to produce original work or solve problems.
- Creativity & Innovation
Creativity is marked by the ability to produce or create something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. Creativity is driven by a richness of ideas and originality of thinking.
- Problem Solving & Critical Thinking
Use resources and follow a logical process to find and use solutions.
- Ethical & Emotional Awareness
There is a strong relationship between our ultimate success as an adult and our individual emotional and ethical development. Identifying and modeling these skills help to develop an emotional and ethics awareness for our students.
- Cultural Competence
Cultural competence is essential for social and economic success in the 21st century because of the increased cultural diversity from an interdependent world. The ability to collaborate with others who are culturally different is essential to solve problems and master objectives in a global society.
- Life & Job Skills
Life and job skills allow students to be successful beyond the classroom. Set goals and work hard to achieve them.
This learning profile is based directly on a framework distilled by Dr. Punya Mishra and Kristen Kereluik at Michigan State University. During the Fall and Winter of 2010-2011, much work was done locally in the SJSD to craft a local version of a learning profile for the modern age. This would be a document that would guide and filter both curriculum and instructional design into the future. Ultimately, when the months of hard work we had done was overlaid with this framework, many things came together for us. We feel that this articulated framework will help us to form a crucial curricular bridge that connects the mission of the Saint Joseph School District ultimately and directly to the level of classroom instruction and learning. The bottom line: this interactive graphic represents a core set of elements that we want for the children of our community. In fact, this learning profile is being directly utilized in curriculum revisions currently underway...