The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies
They hyperlink above will bring you to the position statement recently released by the National Council of Teachers of English. Very Interesting... you would think they were the librarians. ELA deparments are our allies and usually work with librarians cooperatively on both reading and research endeavors. This position solidifies our "common goal". The caveat here is to build bridges across curriculums so that people will see us as a link to their vitality. Obviously, the English Departments get it. We are living in a new world, raising a new brand of students, using new tools, and addressing many new issues everyday--even though our goals are the same as they ever were: to graduate young adults who can competently function in the world in which we live. That is the currently the 21st Century.
Compare the ELA Position Statement to the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner:
1- Inquire, tink friticaloy, & gain knowledge
2-Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
3- Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.
4-Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
So, the emphasis is --keep current or the job will be embraced by those who do....