FLoW21 Explained: Target 7 - Vertically Phased, Essential Competencies


Target 7: Vertically phased, essential competencies

There are knowledge and skills all students must have. For example, literacy, numeracy, oral communication, and collaboration. Some of these "essential competencies" are required by the International Baccalaureate programs. They are also shared on curriculum.wab.edu.

There are also skills and knowledge covered in school that is not essential. For example, knowing how to communicate through writing is essential, but knowing how to write a haiku poem is not.

"Vertically phased" means to grow and develop an increased level of knowledge and understanding over time. It's a logical progression. Take an essential competency like literacy as an example. The vertical phasing of these competencies progresses from acquisition to comprehension, analysis, stylistic choices, and so on.

The main goal of this target is two-fold:

1. To reinforce that FLoW21 does not mean these essential competencies are removed and academics remain rigorous

2. For faculty to continuously review what are considered essential competencies to make sure they are still relevant

Removing outdated or irrelevant essentials frees up time for students to pursue interests or devote time to areas where they need it.

Students will be able to focus on key competencies and negotiate studies in areas of interest beyond those deemed to be essential.

The target means teachers and faculty will continuously review and reflect upon lessons to determine what is essential. The target means that faculty will still be teaching every WAB student these essential skills and knowledge.

Parents will have a clearer view of where their child is in terms of the essential competencies. Parents will also help to guide their child's exploration into negotiable subjects.

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