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Napa Valley USD  |  BP  0100  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

Philosophy   

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We believe our students need 21st century skills in order to succeed in school, work and life in the 21st century. We are committed to ensuring that every student will graduate from high school ready for the workplace, college or advanced technical/vocational training in the 21st century world.

Our goal is to provide access and opportunity for every student to learn 21st century skills and to eliminate the achievement and opportunity gaps among students so that all students will become educated citizens and lifelong learners who contribute to their community and the world in which they live.

Twenty-first century skills needed by our students include proficiency in core academic subjects; learning and innovation skills; communication and technology literacy; interpersonal, life and career skills. Our goal is to provide an instructional program that will provide and support every student in learning these skills.

Proficiency in the core academic subjects of English, reading, writing, mathematics, science, world languages, the arts, civics, government, history, economics and geography are essential. We believe these core subjects must be expanded to include 21st century subjects such as global awareness, civic literacy, health and wellness, and financial, business and entrepreneurial literacy.

Learning and innovation skills are necessary to prepare students for increasingly complex life and work environments of the 21st century. These skills include creativity and innovation; critical thinking and problem solving; communication and collaboration; character and global citizenship; inquiry and open-mindedness.

Information, communications/media and technology literacy skills are as necessary to today's students and tomorrow's workers as English, math and science. We believe these skills are most effectively learned when integrated throughout the curriculum.

Today's life and work environments require more than thinking skills and content knowledge and that we must help students develop communication, conflict resolution and responsible decision-making skills; to develop skills such as flexibility and adaptability; initiative and self-direction; social and cross-cultural skills; leadership and ethics; personal and social responsibility, respectful and reflective.

These skills are most effectively developed through inquiry-based methods including project based and problem-based learning, in conjunction with direct instruction, which provides active and engaged learning where students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they are learning.

Our commitment to appropriate assessment of student learning represents our commitment to high academic standards and school accountability. In addition to standards-based achievement assessment, we believe students should also be assessed with measurements that evidence 21st century skill sets.

Students can only master 21st century skills when their teachers are well trained and supported in this type of instruction through professional development that prepares teachers and principals to integrate 21st century skills into their classrooms and schools; to differentiate and personalize instruction for the diverse students in their classrooms and schools; and, to support student-centered inquiry-based, project-based and problem-based learning.

In order to assure that every student in this district has access to and the opportunity to learn these 21st century skills, we believe the district must assure that every school reflects the diverse community in which we live; including the diversity of student learning levels and ability, economic status, culture and ethnicity, and that every teacher and principal is prepared to provide the 21st century skills to every learner within their school using culturally relevant and responsive curriculum. Our schools will be inclusive and provide equitable access to all.

We believe that parents and community groups are vital partners in achieving our goal of providing students these 21st century skills and will strive to communicate effectively with both regarding implementation of this world class educational program.

Policy NAPA VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: December 11, 2008 Napa, California

revised: February 7, 2013

revised: September 15, 2016