APS 2026 Faces of the Future Strategic Plan

GOAL 2: Skills

Every APS student will have a set of SKILLS to implement their plan.

APS students will develop the academic, social-emotional and Colorado Essential Skills needed to implement their plans. Social emotional skills include those related to self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness and relationship skills. Colorado Essential Skills include those needed to be communicators, problem solvers, community members and empowered individuals.

Two APS elementary school students

APS students will develop the following Colorado Essential Skills:

Critical Thinking (problem solving and global and cultural awareness)

    • I evaluate, weigh evidence and apply reasoned decision making to solve problems.

Collaboration (communication, interpersonal skills)

    • I work together with others, harnessing the power of teamwork. I understand the importance of influence to motivate others to get things accomplished.

Invention (creativity and innovation)

    • I use imagination, innovation and ingenuity to solve problems.

Information Literacy (find and use information and information technology)

    • I understand how to access and process changing information, updating my own thinking and processing.

Self-Direction (personal and civic responsibility, work ethic, financial literacy, resiliency, adaptability)

    • I take initiative. I am inquisitive, entrepreneurial and curious. I can persevere through challenging situations, take calculated risks and stand accountable for my actions. I continually advocate for my own needs as well as the needs of others.