Sonoma County Office of Education

21st Century Literacy

21st Century Literacy

What does literacy mean in today's world? The concept of literacy has expanded, shifting from the simply ability to read and write to a far more complex and nuanced set of skills.

The CCSS for ELA identify literate individuals as those with capacity to:

  • Demonstrate independence
  • Build strong content knowledge
  • Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline
  • Comprehend as well as critique
  • Value evidence
  • Use technology and digital media strategically and capably
  • Come to understand other perspectives and cultures


Professional Resources

21st-Century Literacies: A Policy Research Brief produced by the NCTE (link)
This research brief produced by National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) explores the following topics:

  • A Changing World for Literacy Teachers
  • Common Myths about 21st-Century Literacies
  • Key Terms
  • Research-Based Recommendations for Effective Instruction in 21st-Century Literacies

Partnership for 21st Century Learning (link)

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. The Framework for 21st Century Learning that P21 has developed fuses the 3Rs with the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) to give students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.


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Nicole Rosaschi, SCOE Administrative Operations Specialist, Human Resources
"I love that the people I work with are passionate about their work, passionate about our students getting the best possible education, and passionate about Sonoma County. " - Nicole Rosaschi, SCOE Administrative Operations Specialist, Human Resources