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9.1 21st-Century Life & Career Skills All students will demonstrate the creative, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to function successfully as both global citizens and workers in diverse ethnic and organizational cultures.
A. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
By the end of Grade 4 By the end of Grade 8 By the end of Grade 12
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.4.A.1 Recognize a problem and brainstorm ways to solve the problem individually or collaboratively.
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.8.A.1 Develop strategies to reinforce positive attitudes and productive behaviors that impact critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.12.A.1 Apply critical thinking and problem-solving strategies during structured learning experiences.
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.4.A.2 Evaluate available resources that can assist in solving problems.
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.8.A.2 Implement problem-solving strategies to solve a problem in school or the community.
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.12.A.2 Participate in online strategy and planning sessions for course-based, school-based, or outside projects.
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.4.A.3 Determine when the use of technology is appropriate to solve problems.
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.8.A.3 Summarize strategies used by various organizations and agencies to solve problems that impact communities, and compare them with strategies used by similar organizations in another state or country.
Content: Critical thinking and problem solving in the 21st century are enhanced by the ability to work in cross-cultural teams in face-to-face and virtual environments.

9.1.12.A.3 Assess how a variety of problem-solving strategies are being used to address solutions to global problems by participating in online discussions with peers from other countries.
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.4.A.4 Use data accessed on the Web to inform solutions to problems and the decision-making process.
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.8.A.4 Design and implement a project management plan using one or more problem-solving strategies.
Content: Critical thinking and problem solving in the 21st century are enhanced by the ability to work in cross-cultural teams in face-to-face and virtual environments.

9.1.12.A.4 Justify problem-solving strategies used in the development of a particular innovative product or practice in the United States and in another country.
Content: The ability to recognize a problem and apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve the problem is a lifelong skill that develops over time.

9.1.4.A.5 Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills in classroom and family settings.
9.1 21st-Century Life & Career Skills All students will demonstrate the creative, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to function successfully as both global citizens and workers in diverse ethnic and organizational cultures.
B. Creativity and Innovation
By the end of Grade 4 By the end of Grade 8 By the end of Grade 12
Content: Brainstorming activities enhance creative and innovative thinking in individual and group goal setting and problem solving.

9.1.4.B.1 Participate in brainstorming sessions to seek information, ideas, and strategies that foster creative thinking.
Content: Gathering and evaluating knowledge and information from a variety of sources, including global perspectives, fosters creativity and innovative thinking.

9.1.8.B.1 Use multiple points of view to create alternative solutions.
Content: Gathering and evaluating knowledge and information from a variety of sources, including global perspectives, fosters creativity and innovative thinking.

9.1.12.B.1 Present resources and data in a format that effectively communicates the meaning of the data and its implications for solving problems, using multiple perspectives.
Content: Gathering and evaluating knowledge and information from a variety of sources, including global perspectives, fosters creativity and innovative thinking.

9.1.8.B.2 Assess data gathered to solve a problem for which there are varying perspectives (e.g., cross-cultural, gender-specific, generational), and determine how the data can best be used to design multiple solutions.
Content: Gathering and evaluating knowledge and information from a variety of sources, including global perspectives, fosters creativity and innovative thinking.

9.1.12.B.2 Create and respond to a feedback loop when problem solving.
Content: Gathering and evaluating knowledge and information from a variety of sources, including global perspectives, fosters creativity and innovative thinking.

9.1.12.B.3 Assist in the development of innovative solutions to an onsite problem by incorporating multiple perspectives and applying effective problem-solving strategies during structured learning experiences, service learning, or volunteering.
9.1 21st-Century Life & Career Skills All students will demonstrate the creative, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to function successfully as both global citizens and workers in diverse ethnic and organizational cultures.
C. Collaboration, Teamwork, and Leadership
By the end of Grade 4 By the end of Grade 8 By the end of Grade 12
Content: Collaboration and teamwork enable individuals or groups to achieve common goals with greater efficiency.

9.1.4.C.1 Practice collaborative skills in groups, and explain how these skills assist in completing tasks in different settings (at home, in school, and during play).
Content: Collaboration and teamwork enable individuals or groups to achieve common goals with greater efficiency.

9.1.8.C.1 Determine an individual’s responsibility for personal actions and contributions to group activities.
Content: Collaboration and teamwork enable individuals or groups to achieve common goals with greater efficiency.

9.1.12.C.1 Enlist input from experts in the field, community members, and other stakeholders to design a service-learning activity that addresses a local, national, or worldwide need.
Content: Collaboration and teamwork enable individuals or groups to achieve common goals with greater efficiency.

9.1.8.C.2 Demonstrate the use of compromise, consensus, and community building strategies for carrying out different tasks, assignments, and projects.
Content: Leadership abilities develop over time through participation in groups and/or teams that are engaged in challenging or competitive activities.

9.1.12.C.2 Analyze the common traits of effective state, national, or international leaders.
Content: Leadership abilities develop over time through participation in groups and/or teams that are engaged in challenging or competitive activities.

9.1.8.C.3 Model leadership skills during classroom and extra-curricular activities.
Content: Leadership abilities develop over time through participation in groups and/or teams that are engaged in challenging or competitive activities.

9.1.12.C.3 Explain why some current and/or past world leaders have had a greater impact on people and society than others, regardless of their countries of origin.
Content: Leadership abilities develop over time through participation in groups and/or teams that are engaged in challenging or competitive activities.

9.1.12.C.4 Demonstrate leadership and collaborative skills when participating in online learning communities and structured learning experiences.
Content: Leadership abilities develop over time through participation in groups and/or teams that are engaged in challenging or competitive activities.

9.1.12.C.5 Assume a leadership position by guiding the thinking of peers in a direction that leads to successful completion of a challenging task or project.
9.1 21st-Century Life & Career Skills All students will demonstrate the creative, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to function successfully as both global citizens and workers in diverse ethnic and organizational cultures.
D. Cross-Cultural Understanding and Interpersonal Communication
By the end of Grade 4 By the end of Grade 8 By the end of Grade 12
Content: Effective communication skills convey intended meaning to others and assist in preventing misunderstandings.

9.1.4.D.1 Use effective oral and written communication in face-to-face and online interactions and when presenting to an audience.
Content: Effective communication skills convey intended meaning to others and assist in preventing misunderstandings.

9.1.8.D.1 Employ appropriate conflict resolution strategies.
Content: Communication with people from different cultural backgrounds is enhanced by the understanding of different cultural perspectives.

9.1.12.D.1 Interpret spoken and written communication within the appropriate cultural context.
Content: Effective communication skills convey intended meaning to others and assist in preventing misunderstandings.

9.1.4.D.2 Express needs, wants, and feelings appropriately in various situations.
Content: Effective communication skills convey intended meaning to others and assist in preventing misunderstandings.

9.1.8.D.2 Demonstrate the ability to understand inferences.
Content: Communication with people from different cultural backgrounds is enhanced by the understanding of different cultural perspectives.

9.1.12.D.2 Determine the immediate and long-term effects of cross-cultural misconceptions or misunderstandings resulting from past or current international issues or events.
Content: Communication with people from different cultural backgrounds is enhanced by the understanding of different cultural perspectives.

9.1.4.D.3 Demonstrate an awareness of one’s own culture and other cultures during interactions within and outside of the classroom.
Content: Communication with people from different cultural backgrounds is enhanced by the understanding of different cultural perspectives.

9.1.8.D.3 Use effective communication skills in face-to-face and online interactions with peers and adults from home and from diverse cultures.
Content: Communication with people from different cultural backgrounds is enhanced by the understanding of different cultural perspectives.

9.1.12.D.3 Explain why the ability to communicate in another language in an appropriate cultural context is a valuable 21st-century skill.
Content: Communication with people from different cultural backgrounds is enhanced by the understanding of different cultural perspectives.

9.1.8.D.4 Compare and contrast nuances in verbal and nonverbal communication in different cultures that may result in misinterpretation and misunderstanding.
Content: Communication with people from different cultural backgrounds is enhanced by the understanding of different cultural perspectives.

9.1.8.D.5 Justify the need for greater cross-cultural understanding due to globalization.
9.1 21st-Century Life & Career Skills All students will demonstrate the creative, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to function successfully as both global citizens and workers in diverse ethnic and organizational cultures.
E. Communication and Media Fluency
By the end of Grade 4 By the end of Grade 8 By the end of Grade 12
Content: Digital media are 21st-century tools used for local and global communication.

9.1.4.E.1 Explain how digital media are used in daily life in a variety of settings.
Content: Digital media are 21st-century tools used for local and global communication.

9.1.8.E.1 Explain how technology has strengthened the role of digital media in the global society.
Content: Digital media are 21st-century tools used for local and global communication.

9.1.12.E.1 Create messages for different purposes and audiences with sensitivity to cultural, gender, and age diversity, using various digital media outlets.
Content: Digital media are 21st-century tools used for local and global communication.

9.1.4.E.2 Demonstrate effective communication using digital media during classroom activities.
Content: Digital media are 21st-century tools used for local and global communication.

9.1.8.E.2 Analyze the role of digital media in sales and marketing and in delivering cultural, political, and other societal messages.
Content: Digital media are 21st-century tools used for local and global communication.

9.1.12.E.2 Generate digital media campaigns in support of or opposing a current political, social, or economic issue.
Content: Digital media are 21st-century tools used for local and global communication.

9.1.4.E.3 Distinguish how digital media are used by individuals, groups, and organizations for varying purposes.
Content: Digital media are 21st-century tools used for local and global communication.

9.1.8.E.3 Differentiate between explicit and implicit digital media messages, and discuss the impact on individuals, groups, and society as a whole.
Content: Digital media are 21st-century tools used for local and global communication.

9.1.12.E.3 Design a digital communication system to alert other countries in the event of a natural disaster.
Content: There are ethical and unethical uses of communication and media.

9.1.4.E.4 Explain why some uses of media are unethical.
Content: There are ethical and unethical uses of communication and media.

9.1.8.E.4 Determine the undesired consequences of unethical uses of media.
Content: Digital media are 21st-century tools used for local and global communication.

9.1.12.E.4 Predict the impact of emerging media technologies on international business and globalization.
Content: There are ethical and unethical uses of communication and media.

9.1.8.E.5 Compare and contrast ways governments regulate media advertising to protect children and adults in the United States and in other countries.
Content: There are ethical and unethical uses of communication and media.

9.1.12.E.5 Compare laws governing the unethical use of media in different countries.
9.1 21st-Century Life & Career Skills All students will demonstrate the creative, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to function successfully as both global citizens and workers in diverse ethnic and organizational cultures.
F. Accountability, Productivity, and Ethics
By the end of Grade 4 By the end of Grade 8 By the end of Grade 12
Content: The nature of the 21st-century workplace has shifted, demanding greater individual accountability, productivity, and collaboration.

9.1.4.F.1 Explain the meaning of productivity and accountability, and describe situations in which productivity and accountability are important in the home, school, and community.
Content: The nature of the 21st-century workplace has shifted, demanding greater individual accountability, productivity, and collaboration.

9.1.8.F.1 Demonstrate how productivity and accountability contribute to realizing individual or group work goals within or outside the classroom.
Content: The nature of the 21st-century workplace has shifted, demanding greater individual accountability, productivity, and collaboration.

9.1.12.F.1 Explain the impact of current and emerging technological advances on the demand for increased and new types of accountability and productivity in the global workplace.
Content: The nature of the 21st-century workplace has shifted, demanding greater individual accountability, productivity, and collaboration.

9.1.4.F.2 Establish and follow performance goals to guide progress in assigned areas of responsibility and accountability during classroom projects and extra-curricular activities.
Content: Ethical behaviors support human rights and dignity in all aspects of life.

9.1.8.F.2 Explain how rules, laws, and safety practices protect individual rights in the global workplace.
Content: Ethical behaviors support human rights and dignity in all aspects of life.

9.1.12.F.2 Demonstrate a positive work ethic in various settings, including the classroom and during structured learning experiences.
Content: Ethical behaviors support human rights and dignity in all aspects of life.

9.1.4.F.3 Explain the importance of understanding and following rules in family, classroom, and community settings.
Content: Ethical behaviors support human rights and dignity in all aspects of life.

9.1.8.F.3 Relate the use of new technologies at home, in the workplace, and in other settings to incidences of ethical and/or unethical behavior.
Content: Ethical behaviors support human rights and dignity in all aspects of life.

9.1.12.F.3 Defend the need for intellectual property rights, workers’ rights, and workplace safety regulations in the United States and abroad.
Content: Ethical behaviors support human rights and dignity in all aspects of life.

9.1.12.F.4 Explain the impact of computer hacking on products and services.
Content: Ethical behaviors support human rights and dignity in all aspects of life.

9.1.12.F.5 Formulate an opinion regarding a current workplace or societal/ethical issue based on research.
Content: Ethical behaviors support human rights and dignity in all aspects of life.

9.1.12.F.6 Relate scientific advances (e.g., advances in medicine) to the creation of new ethical dilemmas.