to cultivate socially and emotionally intelligent learners from all backgrounds who have the foundational knowledge, problem solving skills, and strength of character to tackle the challenges of a dynamic world.
The CUBE envisions cultivating a seismic shift in the education system that elevates ALL students to greatness, regardless of zip code. It is a system in which generative problem solving is more important than standardized testing and beautiful inquiry is more important than recalling facts. It is a system in which an individual’s success will be measured not only by academic gains, but also by the compassion and empathy individuals show to others. It is a system that will foster life-long learners, prepared for challenges we have yet to predict.
We imagine the CUBE as the launching pad for students to find opportunity, explore possibility and thrive as adults in the future economy.
The CUBE believes in 6 C's critical to one's ability to thrive in the future. They are conation, creativity, control (self-direction), collaboration, communication, and computational thinking. They form the umbrella that presides over all things CUBE.
Conation refers to the connection of knowledge and affect to behavior and is associated with the issue of "why." It is the personal, intentional, planful, deliberate, goal-oriented, or striving component of motivation, the proactive (as opposed to reactive or habitual) aspect of behavior. It is absolutely critical if an individual is to successfully engage in self-direction and self-regulation.
Creativity is prized across disciplines. Creative insights are the seeds of many innovations, whether in school, work, or everyday life. Though the arts have long been viewed as the venue for transforming creative possibilities into creative acts, individuals regularly find innovative solutions to their own everyday problems. Employers want innovative problem solvers. They seek out candidates who can contribute ideas, both novel and useful, and apply them in functional ways. Now more than ever, research suggests that creativity is a learnable skill. With effort and feedback, individuals make unique connections and meaningful insights, experiment with possibilities, reflect on the learning process, and grow more confident to take risks. This growth requires awareness of strengths and experience. The ability to apply knowledge and experience to challenges and capitalize on insights is a defining feature of creativity development.
An individual’s ability to self- regulate, find value in structured and self-initiated tasks, and capitalize on failure; evaluating and collaboratively steering learning toward long-term goals and aspirations.
Collaboration is a critical skill that requires the ability to balance mutual interdependence with personal ambitions. Developing this skill prepares students for the demands of many postsecondary pursuits. Collaboration incorporates the ability to work across cultural and language differences as well as the ability to navigate ever-changing virtual spaces that provide continuous opportunities for innovation and adaptation.
Communication has never been more complex and critical across sectors. Ongoing technological advances require adapting to new modes of communication in school, work, and everyday life. As these new advances continue, face-to-face communication becomes less relevant to task completion but no less critical to successful citizenship. The ability to communicate effectively relates to every discipline and content area in education; the skill is critical across college and career pathways. Meaningful engagement in a community, both within a classroom and outside of school, depends on strong communication through the development of each component of the skill over time.
Computational thinking is a way of solving problems, designing systems and understanding human behavior by drawing on the concepts of computer science. It is the thought processes involved in formulating problems and their solutions and includes: algorithmic thinking, decomposition, abstraction and pattern recognition. It is a through line at the CUBE that will infect most learning that happens in our community. We believe it’s critical that students leave the CUBE having been exposed to rich computer science, coding languages, and the knowledge of technology essential to thrive in the future.