At an excellent meeting this afternoon of our Academic Committee, we brought very close to completion our exciting new addition to our quarterly report card, a rubric we are calling the Essential Goals for St. Gregory Students (I think we may refer to it by the nickname the “Egg.”)

At every grade level, six through twelve, in every subject area, teachers will report on students progresupon each of these six goals, (several of which are broken out into sub-categories, for a total of 18).

The list we have prepared is derived from two major sources:  Tony Wagner’s list of Seven Survival Skills, from his book the Global Acheivement Gap, and from the NAIS Schools of the Future project, which has prepared a list it calls essential capacities for the 21st century. But it is our own product, reflecting our own priorities, and our own vision of what St. Gregory students must learn and develop to be successful in their futures. This is also intended to be a dynamic list, something that can continue to grow and evolve in time.

Important to add that while this list may not currently reflect the learning that happens in every classroom at present, and that during an introductory phase some teachers may employ a “N.A.” (not applicable).  But the list is intended  both to reflect what is already happening in our students’ learning, and to drive what will being to happen more often in the future of student learning at St. Gregory.

Without further ado:

  1. Leadership Skills, including appropriately influencing others and facilitating collaboration.
  2. Innovation Skills
    1. Creativity
    2. Adaptability
    3. Initiative
    4. Curiosity, experimentation, and risk-taking
    5. Resiliency
  3. Integrity and ethical decisionmaking skills
    1. Demonstrating empathy and compassion
    2. Acting responsibly, with the interests of the larger community in mind
    3. Demonstrating understanding of complex ethical issues, and making reasoned decisions in response.
  4. Communication Skills
    1. Writing
    2. Speaking
    3. Listening
    4. Communicating digitally
  5. Thinking Skills
    1. Inquisitiveness
    2. Analytic Thinking
    3. Synthetic Thinking
    4. Critical Thinking and Independent-Mindedness
  6. Complex, Real-World Problem Solving

We are seeking to finalize this list in the next few weeks, and then to distibute and publicize the list to students immediately thereafter.   Parents can expect the first report card version of this rubric after our semester concludes in December.   I welcome and invite blog visitors to give feedback upon this list, feedback we will employ as we guide this list to its final form for this year.