Learner Competencies

Gears Innovator Financially/economically Literate Information & Media Literate Civically Engaged Collaborator Critical Thinker Self-directed Learner Globally Aware Communicator Problem Solver


At the heart of RVS' learner competencies is the principle that education 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. RVS' learner competencies is a 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. We invite you to explore each competency, to see what we believe is the continuum of growth from K-12, and to provide feedback as we look to solidify our beliefs of skills needed to develop the whole child - intellectually, personally and socially.

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Critical Thinker

Critical thinkers engage in reflective reasoning to build deep understanding that is supported by evidence.

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Problem Solver

Problem Solvers identify strategies and tools to develop, evaluate, and implement solutions.

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Innovators put elements together to form a new pattern or structure.

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Communicators understand, interpret, and express thoughts, ideas, and emotional connections with others.

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Collaborators build relationships and work with others to achieve common goals.

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Globally Aware

Global awareness is the understanding of an interconnected world and a citizen's role within society.

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Civically Engaged

Civic engagement reflects a commitment to democratic governance, social participation, and advocacy.

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Self-directed individuals take ownership of their learning.

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Media & Information Literate

Individuals who are information and media literate use technology to explore and build knowledge in an ethical and responsible way.

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Financially & Economically Literate

Individuals who are financially and economically literate understand and evaluate personal and global economic issues.

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