THE SAIL FRAMEWORK

 

Learning Happens Everywhere

SAIL provides the framework to capture, connect, and articulate it all. Building upon a shared language, the framework includes five learning dimensions and a set of cross-cutting foundational masteries.

SAIL Dimensions and Skills

Each of SAIL’s five learning dimensions includes a set of key skills, competencies and dimensions of learning and growth that will put you at the greatest advantage for success. These are global, intellectual, civic, professional, personal skills, along with skills in well-being that prepare you to learn on the go, wherever your career and life might take you.

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All core aspects of SAIL come to life through the framework. You can see how a particular club event helped build certain skills. You can discover other experiences in the opportunity database to help you build upon those skills even further.

You can connect key learning moments (or reflections) to the same skills to see how they’re developing. And then you can look back on all of your experiences and learning moments and see how they have helped build a specific skill, competency, or even a dimension of growth. All within your iOS, Android, or desktop device.

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Develop the ability to use knowledge, behaviors, skills, and experiences flexibly in new and unique situations to innovatively contribute to your field.

Sample skills

Aesthetic Appreciation

Computational Thinking

Design Thinking

Entrepreneurship

Information Literacy

Integrative Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning

Strategic Thinking

Systems Thinking

Learners will:
  • Identify patterns to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena
  • Seek, construct, integrate, articulate, and apply knowledge and aesthetics across contexts
  • Connect new ideas with existing knowledge
  • Generate, analyze, and implement novel solutions to problems
  • Reflect on learning and experience, adjusting goals and developing actions accordingly
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Learners develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors to live, work, and communicate with people whose backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are different from their own as well as to consider the global impact of their decisions.

Sample skills

Cultural Agility

Inclusivity/Inclusive Action

Systems Thinking

Learners will:
  • Engage and build relationships with people from different cultures and contexts
  • Create inclusive environments
  • Calibrate one’s behavior and communication to exhibit cultural sensitivity in professional and social settings
  • Make decisions and personal choices that reflect an understanding of global repercussions, including environmental, societal, cultural, political, and economic
  • Articulate how exposure to multiple worldviews has impacted one’s own perspectives and ways of being
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Learners develop the confidence, skills, and values to effectively recognize the needs of individuals, communities, and societies and make a commitment to constructively engage in social action.

Sample skills

Advocacy

Civic-Mindedness

Conflict Resolution/Transformation

Inclusivity/Inclusive Action

Networking

Systems Thinking

Learners will:
  • Demonstrate empathy and concern for individuals, communities, and societies
  • Negotiate and engage in dialogue to resolve or transform social or interpersonal conflicts
  • Take actions to achieve or advocate for social justice
  • Engage in constructive social change through responsible action
  • Identify and articulate one’s own identities and the intersectionality of those identities
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Learners develop the confidence, skills, behaviors, and values to effectively discern life goals, form relationships, and shape their personal and professional identities to achieve fulfillment.

Sample skills

Coaching/Mentoring

Conflict Resolution/Transformation

Financial Literacy

Negotiation

Networking

Organization

Planning

Strategic Thinking

Time Management

Learners will:
  • Build and leverage networks with people of varying backgrounds, roles, and perspectives to achieve professional and/or personal goals
  • Critically and systematically analyze pertinent information to make decisions and/or solve problems
  • Continually reflect on learning and experience, seek feedback, and take actions to achieve professional and/or personal goals
  • Persevere through setbacks and disappointment constructively
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Learners develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to live balanced and fulfilling lives.

Sample skills

Aesthetic Appreciation

Boundary Setting

Self-Care

Self-Control

Time Management

 

Learners will:
  • Build and sustain meaningful relationships with individuals who provide guidance and support
  • Continually reflect on and align behavior with personal values, beliefs, meaning, and purpose
  • Optimize emotional and physical health
  • Consistently employ harm/risk reduction strategies
  • Effectively balance autonomy and interdependence
  • Pursue, embrace, and value aesthetics
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The Five SAIL Learning Dimensions

i-icon INTELLECTUAL AGILITY
g-icon GLOBAL MINDSET
w-icon WELL-BEING
p-icon PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS
c-icon SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS & COMMITMENT

Foundational Masteries

The five overlapping learning dimensions build upon a set of foundational masteries. Foundational masteries are those skills and attributes that are critical across all five SAIL dimensions.

Intrapersonal Skills

Help-Seeking

Independence/Autonomy

Initiative

Perseverance/Resiliency

Resourcefulness

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Efficacy/Confidence

Interpersonal Skills

Collaboration/Teamwork

Communication

Empathy

Leadership

Attributes

Comfort with Ambiguity

Humility

Integrity

Mindfulness

Open-Mindedness

Strategic Toolkit

Creative Thinking/Innovation

Critical Thinking

Decision-Making

Ethical Reasoning

Inquiry & Analysis

Problem Solving

Discipline-Specific Skills

Your disciplinary skills set you apart from all of your peers and colleagues, and allow you to offer a unique contribution to the world. These skills are specific to your areas of expertise. For a political scientist, these might include case study construction, elite interviewing, survey building, and multiple regression analysis. Conversely, if you are building expertise in data science, your skills might include machine learning techniques, k-means clustering, Markov chains, and visualization. And of course, some of these skills might overlap across multiple disciplines.

SAIL can capture these skills in a way that lets you revisit how your experiences might have helped develop them.

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3 Ways to put the SAIL Framework in action

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Gauge how you’re developing your skills over time, and see where you want to focus.

action-icon-2 Find or add learning experiences

SAIL makes it easy to find and capture any experience you have, such as clubs, courses, jobs, or events.

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An easy way to capture important ideas or insights gained during your experiences.