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Global Competencies

Ethical and Cultural

  • Civic responsibility: Students act responsibly as local and global citizens with the interests of the larger community in mind
  • Perspective: Students are able to set aside their own world view and understand another’s perspective
  • Systems thinking: Students recognize ways in which different aspects influence one another within a whole, analyzing how parts coalesce to produce an overall outcome
  • Culture crossing: Students have authentic experiences of immersion in other cultures – locally, nationally and internationally, and in the residential program
  • Ethical issues: Students learn – as they interact with others, and in classrooms and on the playing fields – to raise questions of right and wrong and seek answers that are consistent with their developing moral codes
  • Sustainability: Students think and act to promote sustainable practices
  • Service: Students serve, and through service, recognize they help themselves as well as others
  • World religions: Students appreciate the varied ways in which people around the world experience God in themselves and others and understand how religion is an important motivator of peoples around the world
  • World languages: Students demonstrate proficiency in another language

Leadership and Collaboration

  • Leadership: Students exercise ethical and responsible leadership, having developed skills rooted in frequent practice and multiple settings; these settings include – but are not limited to – classrooms, Quaker meetings and decision-making, the residential and work programs, Westtown’s ropes course, student organizations and sports teams
  • Collaboration: Students are experienced collaborative problem solvers through regular work on diverse teams solving authentic problems in conventional and innovative ways
  • Project management: Students manage collaborative projects, incorporating group input and feedback and using interpersonal and problem-solving skills to inspire others and leverage their strengths to reach a common goal
  • Discussion: Students facilitate discussion and clerk meetings in the classroom and other settings, learning when it’s appropriate to listen and when to speak
  • Qualities and characteristics: As they exercise leadership, students develop flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, productivity and accountability

Scientific and Analytical Literacy

  • Experiments: Students learn to ask the right questions that allow them to design and conduct experiments to test hypotheses they have generated
  • Analysis: Students analyze, interpret and synthesize data, including alternative points of view
  • Problem-solving: Students work individually and collaboratively to solve real-world problems
  • Interdisciplinary approaches: Students routinely rely on multiple academic disciplines as they address, understand, and propose solutions to problems

Communication

  • Persuasion: Students are experienced composers of multimedia pieces on issues of compelling need, and demonstrate effective oral, written and visual skills
  • Listening: Students listen effectively in order to decipher meaning derived from knowledge, values, information and purpose
  • Audience: Students express themselves appropriately and effectively based on purpose and audience, especially in diverse and multicultural environments
  • Public speaking: Students are practiced in speaking to an audience

Creativity

  • Creative thinking: Students demonstrate original, creative and entrepreneurial thinking as they apply and implement their ideas in useful ways
  • Creative expression: Students produce creative work in the arts
  • Creative process: Students view failure as a learning opportunity, and understand the creative process as being long-term and filled with setbacks before making progress and achieving success, and while maintaining an awareness of real-world limits on implementation of new ideas
  • Self-evaluation: Students elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts

Information Literacy

  • Research: Students are knowledgeable researchers, capable of evaluating the reliability of information for specific purposes
  • Tools: Students select, evaluate and use a variety of appropriate tools – audio, video, multimedia and other – to accomplish specific goals
  • Media: Students are critical consumers as they decode and understand media that infuse our lives and culture
  • Management: Students manage and organize large amounts of information from a variety of sources, synthesizing disparate facts to create a coherent whole
  • Ethical use: Students understand and act on ethical and legal issues surrounding access and use of media and information technologies
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