The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies
Updated February 2013Adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee, February 15, 2008 Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the 21st century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies. These literacies are multiple, dynamic, and malleable. As in the past, they are inextricably linked with particular histories, life possibilities, and social trajectories of individuals and groups. This position statement may be printed, copied, and disseminated without permission from NCTE.
Related: 21st Century Essential Skills Resources
• Lesson Plan Resources
• Ed Theory
• Standards and Literacy