Skills for Success

Providing the Tools

Learning is often compared to building a house; it is completed brick by brick, establishing a solid foundation of knowledge. To further the metaphor, a house cannot be built with bricks alone, however. It requires construction plans and tools to transform those bricks into a proper home. The Carmel Clay Schools' “Skills for Success” are the tools required to achieve academic and personal success in today’s ever-changing and global society.

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College & Career Readiness

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identified the eight core competencies associated with career readiness. 

  1. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  2. Oral/Written Communications
  3. Teamwork/Collaboration
  4. Digital Technology
  5. Leadership
  6. Professionalism/Work Ethic
  7. Career Management
  8. Global/Intercultural Fluency

Skills for Success Workshop Series

Learn more about the activities and initiatives that build character development and emotional intelligence. Facilitators will provide an experiential learning environment for participants in order to increase awareness of the CCS Skills for Success. 

  • Introduction to Conscious Discipline with Sarah Brubaker
    • December 7, 2022

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Intrapersonal Skills

Ways of dealing with oneself including thoughts and emotional awareness, beliefs, and skills applied inwardly.

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Interpersonal Skills

Knowledge, skills, and attitude directed toward other people including empathy, social awareness, and collaborative problem solving. 

Grade Level Skills

Skills for Success are not curriculum. They are the tools and developmental tasks required for continued academic and life success. Whether identified or not, adults use Skills for Success daily in their work and home life to achieve desired outcomes. Collaborating on a team project, taking a walk around the block over lunch to deal with a stressful situation, and managing busy schedules are all learned skills. Teachers and staff are preparing students to grow their inter and intrapersonal skills by incorporating Skills for Success into academic lessons and classroom activities. 


Forming friendships

Establishing adult connections

Emotional expressions

Social basics like taking turns and sharing

Middle School

Comprehending complex situations with self and others

Manage growing independence

Conflict resolution

High School

Respect unique perspectives 

Transform group identity and mentality to individual understanding

Acquire set of values and ethical system to guide behavior


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We believe in providing authentic opportunities for children and adults to continuously develop Skills for Success through the context of social and academic experiences. 

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We believe that a positive culture and learning environment starts with adults. Adult self-regulation is necessary to foster relationships with students that contribute to achievement.


We believe direct and explicit instruction of skills is important to incorporate into classroom activities and raises achievement in all domains. 

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We believe practices and activities should be assessed through an inclusive lens and be relevant to all students. Practices should affirm diverse cultures and backgrounds while strengthening practices that promote equity.