Literacy in the 21st Century will mean the ability to find information, decode it, critically evaluate it, organize it into personal digital libraries and find meaningful ways to share it with others. Information is a raw material – students will need to learn to build with it. The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman
As we strive to prepare our students for the 21st Century and commit to reflective practice, we are continuously reminded that a high level of literacy is no longer a luxury, but a basic necessity. Our students will be measured by their ability to read, write, speak and listen, and our District will be defined by our success in preparing students to effectively engage in these tasks. Our goal is that a Local Literacy Plan will provide the framework necessary to support our journey.
Constructing a plan around the pedagogy of literacy is a response to both the urgent needs of our students and the directives of our governing bodies. We are obligated to answer the call of MN Statue 120B.12, Read Well by Grade Three. This legislation has guided us to be thoughtful in creating a plan that ensures success for students in their primary years of education.
Furthermore with the adoption of the Minnesota Academic Standards, literacy instruction has become a shared responsibility by definition. Our objective and measures are predetermined, and with each step forward we will ensure that our students feel prepared and confident in their abilities.
Fortunately, the design and implementation of our District Literacy Plan is supported by a culture committed to excellence. Our students, staff and greater community are dedicated to innovation and collaboration.
Minnetonka student performance is already remarkable and experienced teachers lead their colleagues and facilitate learning in each of our schools. From alphabetic principle to Advanced Placement, we have a superior platform from which to launch this Local Literacy Plan.