Catalina Foothills School District Video

State: Arizona

District Size: 5,436

District Type: Medium Suburban


The district began this work in 2006 after a comprehensive strategic planning process identified 21st century learning as a priority for the district. The adoption of that plan was a formal commitment to pursue this work as a system.

One outcome was a personalized set of 21st century skills. An advisory committee of local business leaders, entrepreneurs, university professors, students, parents, and teachers considered the knowledge and skills that students will need to be successful within and beyond their PreK-12 educational experience.

Their work initiated a focus on twelve 21st century skills as outcomes for all CFSD students. What followed was a long-term work plan to collaboratively build and align curriculum, instruction, and assessment to those skills.


  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Citizenship
  • Systems Thinking
  • Community Connections