At the heart of the ForWords approach to effective and enriched educational experiences are the key 21st century literacies required for a student to become a productive member of our democracy.

These literacies encapsulate ForWords’ hope for our students:


    to help gain fluency and proficiency in written English
    to plan, research, write, re-write and publish their work
    to speak in public, including reading their poetry, non-fiction, appearing before governmental panels, participating in mock trials and speaking on panels
    to think critically, evaluate information objectively, to use a variety of sources and learn to recognize the quality of those sources
    to develop written, spoken and other literacies across all curricula, including history, literature, science, math.

Literacy involves a continuum of learning…enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential and to participate fully in their community and wider society. It is a human right…at the heart of basic education for all and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality…achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace, and democracy.


The 10 Literacies

Art, Design, & Visual:

to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use and create images and visual media.

Civic, Historic, & Cultural:

to act responsibly for the larger community; to have knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of different cultural groups.


to think critically, analyze, reason, problem solve, examine and interpret information and draw conclusions.

Collaboration & Social:

to work with others, exchange ideas and reach consensus; develop social skills and values and act positively in social settings.


to read, write, speak and listen; develop competencies to analyze, evaluate and create messages in various forms.

Creativity & Innovation:

to create and analyze new ideas and communicate those ideas with others.

Health & Safety:

to obtain and understand health information, avoid high-risk behaviors, deal with bullying and know internet safety.

Information & Communication Technology:

to find, sort, evaluate and communicate information using digital media.


to understand the numbers needed in everyday life.


to have knowledge about digital and analog technology, how they work and can be used to achieve specific goals.