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    Not Your Grandfather’s Literacy: Scaling Higher-Order Skills For The 21st Century

    Monday, September 8, 1:30 to 3:00 PM

    Where: The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium
    1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036


    UNESCO’s “Literacy For All” initiative states that, in today’s knowledge-based society of increasingly complex technology and interactions, the “acquisition of basic literacy skills and the advancement and application of such skills throughout life is crucial.” This notion that traditional literacy, one of the most basic foundations for learning, along with “new” literacies like digital literacy and global citizenship, are crucial competencies raises an important question—what skills do children need for the future?

    On September 8, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings will host a discussion in honor of International Literacy Day about the changing world young people are growing up in and the skills and literacies they will need to thrive. Speakers will examine examples of how education interventions can help young people acquire these skills and how good practices are or are not being scaled. In this spirit, the event will present a variety of perspectives on 21st century learning, drawing from examples in the U.S. and internationally.

    After featured remarks from Amanda Ripley, author of the best-selling book The Smartest Kids in the World—and How They Got That Way (Simon & Schuster, 2013), a discussion will follow with Cory Heyman, chief program officer of Room to Read and Jamira Burley, executive director to the City of Philadelphia Youth Commission. Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Center for Universal Education, will moderate the discussion.

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