The Montana Whole Child Skill Development Competencies
The Montana Whole Child Skill Development Competencies are intended to guide the lifelong development of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making for all Montana students. The competencies were developed in partnership with Montana educators, parents, caregivers, school counselors, and youth mental health and development experts. The competencies are:
- Designed for students kindergarten to grade 12: The competencies were designed to serve as a tool to support the skill development of all Montana’s students.
- Aligned with educator skills: Educator skill development competencies coincide with student competencies & emphasize the important role caring and trusted adults play in modeling, teaching, and strengthening student skill development.
- Vertically and horizontally aligned: Competencies align within grade-levels, vertically across the five competency areas, and are aligned across grade levels, horizontally, reflecting the expected progression of skill development as students age and move from kindergarten through grade 12.
- Developmentally appropriate: The competencies are informed by Bloom’s taxonomy to be developmentally appropriate across grade levels.
The implementation of the Whole Child Skill Development Competencies requires two underlying conditions:
- First, all students will have the support of trusted adults in a safe and healthy environment.
- Second, these adults will use developmentally appropriate practice, will explicitly model the skills, and will decrease their level of support as the learner gains confidence.