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Redefining literacy

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This presentation argues that New York State's definition of literacy needs to change to reflect the needs of the digital age, as identified by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. It further …

This presentation argues that New York State's definition of literacy needs to change to reflect the needs of the digital age, as identified by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. It further argues that NYS' adoption of the Common Core standards presents an unprecedented opportunity for enacting this change.


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  • 1. Redefining Literacy for C21st How NYS can use the adoption of the Common Core State Standards to redefine literacy in the digital age Theresa Dawson
  • 2. Literacy:
    • Current NYS teaching standard for ELA
    • “ R e ad, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding”
    • 21st Century literacy:
    • the ability to consume, comprehend, assess and create aural written and visual “texts”
  • 3. The world has changed
    • Texts have changed
    • Work has changed:
    • “ The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004” Richard Riley, former US Secretary for Education
    • Education NEEDS to change: Students around the world outperform American students
  • 4. The Common Core State Standards
    • 47 states and 2 territories have been involved
    • CCSS adoption is a condition for Federal $4 billion ‘Race to the top’ funding
    • The CCSS insist that instruction in literacy be a shared responsibility
    • Media skills are embedded in the standards
    • CCSS gives states scope to add 15% to the standards
  • 5. What is C21st literacy?
    • The 4 Cs: Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity
    • Broad support from ISTE, NAMLE, Nat Council for Teachers of English, CommonSense Media, Edutopia, Macarthur, Pew and Knight foundations
    • and Partnership for 21st Century Skills
    • 14 states are Partnership for 21st Century Skills ‘P21 Leadership states’ -- but not New York
  • 6. Why C21st literacy matters in NYS?
    • World has changed and current standards don’t prepare students for the global economy
    • The Common Core State Standards present an opportunity for change and increased funding
    • C21st literacy develops the 4 Cs
    • There is broad support for change
  • 7. Get involved:
    • Attend public hearings, or call, email, IM, post online, use social media
    • And………
    • Ask for NYSED to approve Partnership for 21st Century Skills definition of media literacy
    • Presentation at: slideshare
    • http://www.slideshare.net/tdawson68/nonprofit-video