The Virginia 5 C’s

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The “Five C’s” are foundational principles developed by the Virginia Department of Education that help students meet the demands and expectations of modern society. These principles inform the Profile of a Virginia Graduate and set new expectations for student instruction. The Five C’s include critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship skills. Through application of these concepts across academic disciplines, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed post-graduation.


Virginia 5 C’s: Critical Thinking

Virginia students develop critical thinking skills when they have opportunities to explore issues, develop questions and hypotheses, consider evidence and synthesize results with other lessons and information. This video, developed by the Virginia Department of Education’s Virginia is for Learner’s campaign, breaks down the education concepts that encapsulate critical thinking skills.

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Virginia 5 C’s: Collaboration

Virginia students will graduate prepared for life outside the classroom when they learn how to integrate diverse perspectives and rely on fellow learners to achieve a common goal. This video, developed by the Virginia Department of Education’s Virginia is for Learner’s campaign, breaks down the education concepts that encapsulate collaborative skills.

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Virginia 5 C’s: Communication

When students have opportunities to develop their communication skills, they are able to utilize verbal and nonverabl methods to listen, speak, read and compose information for their benefit as well as those around them. This video, developed by the Virginia Department of Education’s Virginia is for Learner’s campaign, breaks down the education concepts that encapsulate communication skills.

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Virginia 5 C’s: Critical Thinking

Virginia students develop critical thinking skills when they have opportunities to explore issues, develop questions and hypotheses, consider evidence and synthesize results with other lessons and information. This video, developed by the Virginia Department of Education’s Virginia is for Learner’s campaign, breaks down the education concepts that encapsulate critical thinking skills.

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Virginia 5 C’s: Citizenship

Virginia students will graduate prepared for life outside the classroom when they learn how to integrate diverse perspectives and rely on fellow learners to achieve a common goal. This video, developed by the Virginia Department of Education’s Virginia is for Learner’s campaign, breaks down the education concepts that encapsulate collaborative skills.

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