PA Forward: Civic and Social Literacy

Civic-Social Literacy Solo

 Continuing our discussion of PA Fwd’s 5 literacies is Civic and Social Literacy.

PA Fwd envisions a Pennsylvania where citizens have the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives, to participate and contribute effectively to their communities, and to connect with one another through discourse.

Did you know??????
– Eighty-four percent of proficient adult readers voted in the 2000 presidential election, compared with 53% of below-basic readers.
– Less than half of all Americans can name all three branches of government.
– Good readers make good citizens. Regular readers are more than twice as likely as non-readers to volunteer or do charity work.

For more information about Civic and Social Literacy, check out PA Fwd’s webpage at: http://www.paforward.org/…/civicandsociallit…/rationale.aspx

Some examples of how we leverage technology to create learning opportunities for Pennsylvanians of all ages include:

  • Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, videos, etc. that reflect society’s historic and contemporary issues and topics of interest to communities and individuals
  • Databases that support inquiry into historic and contemporary topics and issues
  • Online language tutorials
  • AskHerePA online, live question and answer services staffed by information professionals
  • Digital archives of state and local history
  • Broadband Internet access and rapid delivery of materials from remote locations

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