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Civic / Interpersonal Skills

Colorado Academic Standards: All Students, All Standards

A Colorado graduate demonstrates civic/interpersonal skills through collaboration and teamwork, strong communication skills, global and cultural awareness, civic engagement and strong character. A student with these skills can:


Developmental Milestone:

Developmental Milestone:
Advanced Beginner

Developmental Milestone:
Strategic Learner

Developmental Milestone:
Emerging Expert

Collaboration/ Teamwork

  • Recognize how personal actions have had a positive or negative impact with feedback as needed
  • Recognize how members of a community rely on each other, considering personal contributions as applicable
  • "Follow a process identified by others to help generate ideas, negotiate roles and responsibilities, and respects consensus in decision making" (Maine Department of Education (n.d.), p.22).
  • Use interpersonal skills to learn and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds


(using information and communications technologies)

  • Articulate personal strengths and challenges using different forms of communication to express themselves
  • Consider purpose, formality of context and audience, and distinct cultural norms when planning content, mode, delivery, and expression
  • "Establish goals for communication and plan out steps accordingly" (Maine Department of Education (n.d.), p.3).
  • Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and nonverbal communication skills in a variety of forms and contexts (including multi-lingual)

Global / Cultural Awareness

  • Compare attitudes and beliefs as an individual to others
  • Identify and explain multiple perspectives (cultural, global) when exploring events, ideas, issues
  • Plan and evaluate complex solutions to global challenges that are appropriate to their contexts using multiple disciplinary perspectives (such as cultural, historical, and scientific)
  • Apply knowledge and skills to implement sophisticated, appropriate, and workable solutions to address complex global problems using interdisciplinary perspectives independently or with others

Civic Engagement

  • Identify and reflect upon personal connections to community systems
  • Connect knowledge (facts, theories, etc.) from personal ideas/understandings to civic engagement
  • Participate in social or community activities
  • "Participate effectively in civic life" (The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2009), p. 2)


  • Demonstrate an understanding of cause and effect related to personal decisions
  • State a position and reflect on possible objections to, assumptions and implications of the position
  • Apply ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question/ situation/ scenario
  • "Apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues in many context including the access and use of information" (The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (2009), p. 5)

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