Envision 21 - Deep Learning - CFSD

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The Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) provides comprehensive and rigorous academic programs that are recognized nationally for preparing students well for postsecondary education. From early childhood through high school graduation, CFSD's wide array of programs and learning experiences equip every student with the necessary knowledge and skills to meet the challenges and opportunities in a global society.

While academics are at the core of a comprehensive education, CFSD also embraces the obligation to graduate self-regulated, well-rounded learners who have the skill-set for lifelong learning. This advanced set of skills - the capacity to see problems in new ways, think critically, design innovative solutions, and collaborate and communicate in diverse settings – enables our students to engage in deeper learning. That is, to go beyond the mastery of content knowledge to applying what is learned and transferring it to new situations or contexts. All CFSD students engage in 21st century skill building, which includes Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Citizenship, Creativity and Innovation, Collaboration, Communication, and Systems Thinking. CFSD refers to these skills as “deep learning proficiencies” (DLPs). Our expectation for the ongoing development of these skills is defined in the rubrics that have been created for each DLP. There is a continuum of performance for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

CFSD is committed to fully engaging students in their learning and evaluating program results to ensure they move on from their PreK-12 education confident that they are well prepared to flourish in future studies, careers, and in life.

Orchestra teacher and student

5 Middle School Band Students

High school teacher and students


Envision 21. Deep Learning CFSD

P21, The Partnership for 21st Century Learning, designated Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) as an exemplar district. CFSD received this recognition for exemplary 21st century learning practices and programs that prepare students for sucess in college and other postsecondary pathways. CFSD was the first district in Arizona to earn the exemplar designation from P21. Click here to learn more about CFSD as a P21 exemplar district.

CFSD has been implementing a long-term systemic plan to bring the concept of 21st century teaching and learning to scale. Collectively, educators, students, parents, and the larger community contribute to the daily successes and opportunities that empower our students to think, create, lead, and make change. Learn more about CFSD's journey - from the establishment of the vision for 21st century education to the current day's work focus.

Enjoy the spotlight video features of our students and teachers at the first link below.


Profile of a CFSD Graduate

The Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) identified skills called "deep learning proficiencies" that all CFSD graduates need to possess for success in continuing education, work, and life. The district then developed a set of rubrics (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) for each skill with specific performance areas and indicators that are used for teaching and measuring the development of these skills. The rubrics provide a common vocabulary and a continuum of performance across grades K-12. New for 2018-2019 is the inclusion of Understandings, Essential Questions, and examples of possible student misconceptions for each skill.


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