21st Century Skills Focus: At Lutz Preparatory we are proud to offer our students rigorous, relevant, and unique learning experiences. In order to instill our mission to “inspire a community of lifelong learners,” we have adopted a 21st Century Skills Focus. A 21st Century learning environment promotes the “skills, knowledge, and expertise students must master to succeed in work and life; it is a blend of content knowledge, specific skills, expertise, and literacies” (P21 Partnership for 21st Century Learning). In other words, our students engage in meaningful learning experiences where they both deepen their content knowledge and sharpen the skills they need to be successful in today’s ever changing world.
As a school, we create a learning environment that encourages students to interact with the content they are learning. While students are deepening their content knowledge, teachers continuously highlight the 21st century skills students need to understand content, complete tasks, and master skills. Through this, students will see that the work they are engaged in has true value and relevance to their lives in and beyond school. Along with understanding the importance and purpose behind their work, our 21st century learning environment also helps students identify their strengths and areas for growth. This metacognition is vital to student growth and development; it allows them to continually and purposefully reflect on their progress as learners and critical thinkers. Ultimately, the 21st Century Skills Focus will provide the Lutz Preparatory community with a common understanding of what skills our students need to become lifelong learners and who are “compassionate and strong in character.”
2016-17 School Year Monthly Character Trait Focus
Each month teachers will select one student from each K-5 homeroom who embody and uphold our mission, vision, and 21st Century Skills. Those students will be recognized at a Brightest Bolt Ceremony as a group.
• August/September: Interpersonal Skills (respect, positive attitude, cooperation, collaboration)
• October: Communication Skills (oral, written, and non-verbal)
• November: Self Directional Skills (Monitoring your learning)
• December: Global Awareness (empathy and understanding of different cultures)
• January: Civic Literacy and Engagement (analyze and participation in government)
• February: Informational Skills (Applying research methods)
• March: Thinking and Problem Solving
• April: Financial, Economic, and Business Literacy