Literacy | Reading First

Rebecca Ridge, Coordinator

520-545-2144 Fax

2238 E. Ginter Road
Tucson, AZ 85706
United States
32° 8' 14.676" N, 110° 56' 16.1376" W

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 twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies.

The Definition of 21st Century Literacies,      
Adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee
February 15, 2008

Sunnyside Literacy Initiative focuses on strengthening Literacy in three specific areas: Increasing student reading/writing achievement, use of technology as a learning tool, and engage the Sunnyside neighborhoods in creating a literacy-rich community.

Reading / Writing Literacy:

  • Reading First Best Practices
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Scaffolded Lessons
  • Flexible Grouping
  • Ongoing Assessment
  • Multiple Reading Opportunities

Technology literacy is the ability to responsibly use appropriate technology to communicate, solve problems, and access, manage, integrate, evaluate, and create information to improve learning in all subject areas and to acquire lifelong knowledge and skills in the 21st century.
Community literacy is the ability to understand, communicate and participate as a productive citizen. This includes an individual’s ability to function as a successful member of a democratic society, develop social relations and actions, and contribute to the community.

  • Birth to age 5
  • Family Literacy
  • Adult and Post Secondary
  • Civic Duties
  • Volunteerism
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