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TCL: Today's critical literacies

What a Villa Graduate can do

Today’s Critical Literacies at Villa are broad, deep, and woven into all that we do, at all grade levels.

Villa preschoolers begin to develop and practice these skill sets throughout our curriculum. Our elementary age students further develop the skills and, by middle school, our students are diving deeper and beginning to intuitively use the skills in and outside of school.

Once our our eighth graders graduate from Villa, immersion in TCL has prepared them to be citizens of our rapidly changing world.

After they graduate, our alumni continue developing the skills as they move beyond Villa to achieve success in high school, college, and beyond. Download this list (PDF)>>

  1. Identify, manage, and address complex problems
  2. Detect bias and distinguish between reliable and unsound information
  3. Formulate meaningful questions
  4. Use trial and error; devise and test solutions to problems
  5. Use knowledge and creativity to solve complex, real-world problems
  6. Develop into a reflective person of faith
  1. Understand and express ideas in two or more languages
  2. Communicate clearly to diverse audiences
  3. Explain information and compellingly persuade others of its implications
  4. Listen attentively
  1. Build trust, resolve conflicts, and provide support for others
  2. Teach, coach and counsel others
  3. Collaborate sensitively and productively with people of varied backgrounds
  4. Implement decisions and meet goals
  5. Share the credit
  6. Know when and how to enlist help
  7. Modify an idea to achieve a common goal
  1. Understand, use and apply digital technologies
  2. Create digital knowledge and media
  3. Use multimedia resources to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of formats
  4. Use technology to connect with people and events globally
  5. Demonstrate digital citizenship
  1. Develop open-mindedness, particularly regarding the values and traditions of others
  2. Study and understand non-western history, politics, religion, and culture
  3. Understand and address global issues
  4. Understand and apply principles of Catholic social teaching
  1. Explore, experiment and reflect
  2. Work effectively in a climate of ambiguity
  3. View failure as an opportunity to learn
  4. Acknowledge that innovation involves small successes and frequent mistakes
  5. Use creativity to produce outcomes that are unique and that have value and meaning
  1. Foster integrity, honesty, compassion, empathy, and respect
  2. Exhibit moral courage in confronting unjust· situations
  3. Keep the interests and well-being of the larger community in mind
  4. Develop a fundamental understanding of emerging ethical issues and dilemmas
  5. Make reasoned and ethical decisions in response to complex problems
  6. Understand and apply Catholic/Christian teachings and values
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