NOUN | lit’-er-a-cy

the quality of having or showing knowledge of literature and writing; literary; well-read.  Having knowledge or skill in a specific area.  Understanding and skill necessary to articulate or interpret messages.

synonyms: knowledge, learning, proficiency, articulateness, refinement, scholarship, media-savvy


In today’s world, reading and writing take place in multiple media formats with an expanding array of audiences.  Our students must develop the skills to communicate clearly and effectively in all formats while learning to interpret text and media messages with wisdom and discernment.

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. Active, successful participants in this 21st century global society must be able to

  • Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology;
  • Build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought;
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes;
  • Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information;
  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts;
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.

(NCTE definition of 21st century literacies)

Hebrews 5:14 (NIV84)

But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.