21st Century Initiative



As the world becomes more competitive and complex, our nation’s future depends on the education of our young people. West Virginia is determined that students will be ready for the world that awaits them. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), along with the Governor, state lawmakers and key stakeholders, has embraced the six key elements of 21st century learning. Through a systemic approach, the WVDE is implementing a learning model that assures West Virginia students will have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed and prosper today and tomorrow. The West Virginia Board of Education’s vision of developing a 21st century school system aligns with Governor Joe Manchin and First Lady Gayle Manchin’s efforts through the West Virginia Jobs Cabinet to link educational improvement and economic development in West Virginia.



Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offer vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our profession as education leaders. They will both shape the library program and serve as a tool for library media specialists to use to shape the learning of students in the school.


The Standards

The Standards describe how learners use skills, resources, and tools to:

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge

2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge

3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society

4. Pursue personal and aesthetic growth