21st Century Learning

We live in a world of unprecedented and exponential change. We have witnessed an explosion of information, new technologies, digital communications, as well as economic and cultural globalization. The opportunities available to us can often be overshadowed by the complexity and demands of daily life, global issues of poverty, health and conflict, human rights and the environment.

Learning at Innova focuses on meaningful inquiry, application of knowledge, understanding local and global issues, connecting and collaborating with others and creating new solutions and new possibilities.

We recognize the value in all learners and learning styles and the importance of accommodating individual needs. Innova creates a warm and caring collaborative community that believes in its youth, dares to dream, is prepared to fail, is relentless in inquiry and understands that learning comes from engaging in meaningful, real world projects.

“In this world of constant change, learning never stops. Today’s workplace requires employees to think on their feet, make decisions and solve problems. It is essential that our youth are prepared with the critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary to excel in their studies and the workforce in order to thrive in a global economy.”
– Helen Soule ‘Partnership for 21st Century Learning’

It is widely accepted that nearly half of all current jobs in the USA and other developed economies will be susceptible to computerization by 2035. Advances in and the pace of development of Artificial Intelligence are still unfolding will deepen this impact even further. This requires our students to develop a unique adaptability, an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, and specific future-ready skills and attitudes that are not part of traditional school curriculums. To be successful not only today but also in the future, students must possess these strong core competencies:

  • Civic Literacy & Global Awareness
  • Financial, Economic, Business and Entrepreneurial Literacy
  • Health Literacy
  • Environmental Literacy
  • Information Technology & Media Literacies
  • Digital Citizenship

Life and Career Skills

The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills, including:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility