21st Century Skills

The second goal of the Old Saybrook Public Schools' Strategic Plan is a commitment to High Quality Instruction, in which all students will engage with a range of skills and knowledge aligned to our Vision of A Learner. Prominent among those are the 21st Century Skills.

21st Century Skills are skills that are critically important to students' success in today's world, in college, the workforce, and independent adult life. Students develop these through engagement with all of our schools' academic subjects and extracurricular experiences.

The Old Saybrook Public Schools have chosen seven 21st Century Skills on which to focus instruction; they are listed below. Click on each header for a link to the rubrics used to assess student achievement in each skill. Use the tabs at the bottom to the rubrics to select a range of grade levels.

Click here for High School Level 21st Century Skill Rubrics

Accessing & Analyzing Information

The ability to know when there is a need for information and how to identify, locate, evaluate and effectively use that information for solving problems.

Agility & Adaptability

Being able to constantly adjust to changing demands by using a variety of tools to solve complex problems with responsiveness and flexibility. Handling disruption, rapid transformation, and reorganization of information is necessary for 21st century learning: "Learning to be comfortable with being uncomfortable."

Collaboration Across Networks & Leading By Influence

The ability to work together with diverse groups to facilitate the exchange of ideas to achieve a goal, make decisions, and solve problems. Leading with influence is the ability to generate results collaboratively, in a variety of contexts without direct authority.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

A habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events as well as applying knowledge and skills in practical ways to solve real world problems.

Curiosity & Imagination

The capacity to synthesize existing ideas and to work creatively in ways characterized by innovation and divergent thinking.

Effective Oral & Written Communication

Oral communication is a prepared, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors. Written communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing. Written communication involves learning to work in many genres and styles. It can involve working with many different writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images. Written communication abilities develop through iterative experiences across the curriculum.

Initiative & Entrepreneurship

Students will be self-directed in determining ways to seek out new opportunities, ideas, and strategies for improvement. Teachers will create a student-centered classroom that provides multiple opportunities for students to be self-directed learners.