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About Academics in VASD

district-wide goal

Collaboration, as a conduit to healing and joy, is our transition from self-care to community care. It is our intentional strategy to ensure we create a culture where we take care of each other. In healing language, the word conduit means to channel energy to allow movement and change. 

Disciplinary literacy refers to the ability to read, write, speak, listen, think critically, and perform across all learning environments. Disciplinary literacy integrates content that students learn in class with skills they acquire and their life experiences. It encompasses immersing multilingual and multicultural skills into the culture of VASD and into the experiences of our scholars. Most importantly, it is the foundation that supports students in creating a deeper understanding of what it means to be an active and informed person who is readily poised to participate in their local community and our global society.


Journey of a Lifelong Learner

Based on the Verona Area School District’s community engagement efforts, the district has identified a series of essential competencies that allow individuals to continuously learn, grow, and adapt throughout their lives. The Journey of a Lifelong Learner skills go beyond academic knowledge and encompass a broader range of competencies that support the Verona area.

Skills & Definitions

  • Personal Growth: Learners set meaningful goals, take risks, reflect, and embrace the value of the journey, while gaining confidence in their identity and who they may become. 
  • Communicator: Learners listen to understand and express and receive ideas, needs, wants, questions, and feelings to different audiences in different ways.
  • Collaboration: Learners intentionally hear, value, and see one another while problem solving, assessing, and reflecting in order to achieve collective goals. 
  • Self-Awareness: Learners see mistakes as opportunities for growth and reflect on their strengths, challenges and interests to understand themselves and the impact they have on others.
  • Empathy: Learners seek to understand by actively listening, asking questions, acknowledging feelings, and sharing experiences to create a supportive and kind community where everyone is accepted and feels they belong.
  • Resourcefulness: Learners take creative risks, cultivate and express curiosity, explore ideas, analyze information, and find new ways to solve problems independently or collaboratively with peers.