The library and instructional technology at MICDS are committed to preparing learners that are fluent in 21st century

skills . To fulfill this mission, we • Collaborate with teachers to help create a 21st century curriculum that integrates research and 21st century literacies • Teach students to use, synthesize, evaluate, and communicate information ethically and effectively; • Provide instruction and support for the use of technologies that support teaching and learning • Provide access to an exciting and diverse collection of information resources and programs, • Encourage intellectual curiosity and a commitment to lifelong learning; • Establish a learning environment that fosters access, collaboration, communication, creativity in a global world • Model our school's shared core values: respect, responsibility; honesty; and compassion. The librarians and instructional technologists support the Framework outlined by the Partnership for 21st Century Schools and believe that our unified efforts to advance this framework will create valuable learning opportunities for our students. .

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In addition to the Framework above, MICDS librarians and instructional technologist recognize 3 other sources for defining the literacies and skills that are necessary for today’s learners. ISTE’s Educational Technology Standards for Students AASL Standard’s for the 21st-Century Learner

enGauge 21st Century Skills MICDS 21st Century Skills in Our Own Words – Our Talking Points MICDS Mission Statement: More than ever our nation needs responsible men and women who can meet the challenges of this world with confidence and embrace all its people with compassion. The next generation must include those who think critically and resolve to stand for what is good and right. Our School cherishes academic rigor, encourages and praises meaningful individual achievement, and fosters virtue. Our independent education prepares young people for higher learning and for lives of purpose and service. Implicit in the MICDS Mission Statement is an imperative to prepare students to excel in our 21st century world and, therefore, to teach students 21st century skills. At MICDS we are committed to integrating these 21st century skills within our curriculum.

MICDS 21st Century Skills
The library and technology services departments work to ensure that students understand the following 21st century skills so that they can graduate as responsible and independent learners. Students should aspire to understand and utilize the following: • • • • Inquiry, Research, and Information Literacy Digital Citizenship and Personal Learning Networks Communication and Collaboration in a Global World Creativity, Inventive and Critical Thinking, Design

Inquiry, Research, and Information Literacy Students should understand how to identify and frame problems; find information and evaluate it for authenticity and reliability; adhere to ethical use stemming from an understanding of intellectual property and copyright; and be intelligent readers and consumers of information in a variety of mediums. Digital Citizenship and Personal Learning Networks Students should understand what an online identity is and how to protect it; act and interact ethically and responsibly in an online environment; and understand how to create and benefit from an online network whether it is for educational or social purposes. Communication and Collaboration in a Global World Students should be confident in their ability to collaborate and share effectively both internally and with the world at large; learn to communicate ideas in a variety of formats

and for a variety of audiences; develop an awareness of the cultural differences and similarities in an increasingly flat world; and understand their potential to contribute in a positive way to the world at large. Creativity, Inventive and Critical Thinking, Design Students should develop flexibility and adaptability in their reasoning processes; understand how to use real world applications to explore and express ideas; be confident, self directed, risk-taking learners; and utilize elements of inquiry and design to produce relevant, high quality work. Successfully developing the skills outlined above in will require a partnership between teachers, librarians, and instructional technologists. It will require a unified approach and consistency in what is expected and allowed.