Communication Skills

Communication is an interactive process whereby individuals send and receive messages. Language may be transmitted manually, orally, graphically, and through augmentative communicative devices. Communication/language is generally expressed verbally and through written expression.

Communication/Language Standards
All students, including those of diverse cultural and socioeconomic background, will demonstrate:

  1. Comprehension and effective use of language at ability level.

  2. Functional critical thinking skills utilizing questioning techniques, assessments, judgements, and decision-making

  3. Communication skills necessary for school to career transition (i.e. job applications, resumes, and interviews)

Compensatory Skills

It is an accepted standard that individuals often have uneven development of cognitive, learning, and processing skills and abilities. However, for most people these discrepancies are not significant and do not result in difficulties with academic learning. Those individuals with significantly uneven abilities often exhibit scholastic difficulty and are often referred by teachers and parents to the Department of Pupil Personnel Services.

Compensatory Standards

  1. The ability to understand one's strengths and weaknesses

  2. To be able to approach learning tasks by utilizing one's strengths and experiences

  3. To be able to compensate for one's learning weaknesses

Coping Skills

The responsibility of education is not only the acquisition of knowledge and learning skills but also the ability to utilize and apply this learning even when confronted with failure, impediments, difficult challenges, and life stresses. A mature student will not only demonstrate mastery of curriculum content but also the ability to solve problems and manage conflict, failure, stress, frustration, and significant challenge.

Coping Standards

  1. To be able to learn and apply learning even when confronted with setbacks, failure, significant challenge, and life stresses

  2. To be able to identify, understand, and successfully and appropriately manage personal and interpersonal conflict; to demonstrate problem-solving skills; and, to demonstrate an ability to work cooperatively with others in teams

  3. To be able to understand one's own abilities, strengths and weaknesses, and to accept oneself with self-confidence and assuredness