4 Cs

Critical Thinking

EdLeader21 is a national network of school and district leaders focused on integrating the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity) into education in order to ensure student readiness for college and career.

Jeffco Schools is a district member which affords Ralston collaboration access to leading schools across the United States. In 2014-15, we worked with several school districts to pilot a problem based assessment in science, literacy and critical thinking. The assessment charged students with creating an earthquake evacuation plan for the city leaders of Dhaka. While considering what they knew about earthquakes, students had to analyze and recommend practices to ensure the safety of citizens. The collaboration helped us to focus on “what mastery looks like” for each standard. It also promoted a process to ensure best practices in assessment that we can now apply across the curriculum.

In 2016-2017, Ralston's 3rd graders were part of a multi-state project with EdLeader21 in which students worked to design a 4Cs classroom. This project lead to increased understanding of how to cultivate and assess the 4Cs across curriculum.

Our School Accountability Committee also began work with the 4cs integrated into a Ralston positive behavior reinforcement (kindness) project. The new program will be aligned to the 4cs in an effort to enhance our learning community and support our kids with these essential 21st century skills.


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