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Portrait of a Learner

Essential Life Skills

Students manage the career, financial, technological, and practical responsibilities necessary in a complex and changing world.

Essential Life Skills Value Statement

SAU 21 inspires all pK-12 students to become independent, lifelong learners equipped with the skills, confidence, and self-awareness required for personal growth. We strive to support students in achieving vital skills and competencies for diverse life and career paths.

Essential Life Skills Goals 2024-2029

  • Students will demonstrate essential skills and competencies aligned with life and career pathways  following grade-specific milestones.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain goals related to college and/ or career ambitions. 
  • Students will have regular opportunities to practice skills related to business, such as communication and digital/ financial literacy. 

Essential Life Skills Descriptors

  • Digital Literacy
  • Financial Literacy
  • Goal Setting
  • Business Communication
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Cooking
  • Household Management
  • Bridge to Career
  • Public Speaking

Key Indicators

  • Students will have regular opportunities to demonstrate skills related to personal finance, household management, public speaking, business communication, and goal setting.
  • Students will have the opportunity to develop post-graduation plans that include college, career, and life planning. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to find resources, self-advocate, and cultivate the ability to seek assistance proactively.

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