Executive Order on Digital Literacy in California
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger posted an Executive Order on Digital Literacy yesterday
(http://gov.ca.gov/executive-order/12393/). The executive order was a little unexpected, but has great potential for other states in the U.S. as well. (Some sections are paraphrased):
1. Establishes a California ICT Digital Literacy Leadership Council (Leadership Council) which reports directly to the Governor of California.
2. Leadership Council will establish an ICT Digital Literacy Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The members of this committee include representatives of entities with an interest in ICT Digital Literacy.
3. The Committee will develop an ICT Digital Literacy Policy, “to ensure that California residents are digitally literate.” [Note that the language does not limited it to K-12 or higher education or U.S. citizens, but all California residents].
4. The Action Plan of the Committee shall include:
a. Definition of the basic elements of Digital Literacy.
b. Description and articulation of a “continuum” of skills required for Digital Literacy.
c. Strategies and actions for incorporating Digital Literacy into workforce training statewide.
d. Strategies and actions for incorporating Digital Literacy into K-12 and higher education.
e. Acceptable frameworks for assessment and certification.
f. Recommended curricula consistent with the assessment frameworks.
g. A timeline for implementation of the Action Plan.
h. Identification of metrics to ascertain the achievement of ICT Digital Literacy.
5. The Action Plan will be consistent with the January 2008 recommendations of the California Broadband Task Force Report: The State of Connectivity Building Innovation Through Broadband.
6. The California Workforce Investment Board (WIB) shall develop a technology literacy component for its five-year Strategic State Plan to:
a. Raise the level of Digital Literacy in California by supporting technology training and integrating Digital Literacy skills into workforce development activities.
b. Expand Career Technical Education (CTE) opportunities and Digital Literacy programs in community colleges.
c. Build consensus at the State and local community levels by identifying Digital Literacy ecosystems to drive models of excellence, benchmarking, and reliable metrics for measuring success.
d. Provide workforce examples of skills training and job-placement community-value projects for e-government, e-health or other conveniences.
e. Engage the ICT industry and entertainment mega-industry along with large employers to promote applications.
f. Highlight collaborative models in underserved communities and culturally diverse populations.
g. Build and resource a strong coalition empowered to achieve near-term action and results-oriented outcomes.
h. Reward success to reinforce best practices, individual champions, economic results, and public awareness and support.
7. The activities will be accomplished through realignment of existing personnel and resources without additional state funding.
8. The Action Plan will be submitted by December 31, 2009 or sooner.
9. The Leadership Council shall comply with applicable open-meeting laws.