Core Competencies in the Redesigned Curriculum
At the heart, the definition of the cross-curricular competencies is the principle that education should lead to the development of the whole child—intellectually, personally, and socially.
In a world of growing diversity and challenge, schools must do more than help students master the sets of knowledge and skills acquired through the standard subject areas. They must prepare students fully for their lives as individuals and as members of society, with the capacity to achieve their goals, contribute to their communities and continue learning throughout their lives.
The cross-curricular competencies are the set of intellectual, personal, and social skills that all students need to develop in order to engage in deeper learning—learning that encourages students to look at things from different perspectives, to see the relationships between their learning in different subjects, and to make connections to their previous learning and to their own experiences, as members of their families, communities, and the larger society.
The conceptual framework described here envisions three broad cross-curricular competencies: thinking competency; personal and social competency; and communication competency.
Together, these three cross-curricular competencies represent a holistic and unifying approach to learning, spanning all courses and grades in the common purpose of enriching students’ learning experience and preparing students for the future.