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ESOL Stepping Stones project at the University of Manchester - ESOL course, designed for existing staff or volunteers, to deliver basic English language provision to mums new to English, along with their babies, in settings such as children's centres, schools,libraries,cultural and community centres.

Hand in Hand Family literacy in a minority context, By Diana Masny

Parent Engagement Institute, an initiative of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

Early Childhood Education Resources from the Harvard Family Research Project(Archived)

Annotated Bibliography posted by The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State - resources for professional development of family literacy educators. This bibliography has been an ongoing effort since the inception of the Goodling Institute that will continue as new research and writings in family literacy are identified. The intent is not to evaluate the quality of a source but to provide a descriptive annotation that allows the reader to determine its relevance and usefulness.

Making Family and Community Connections - from thirteen ed online, "ways to create partnerships among schools, parents, and members of the local community "

Harvard Graduate School of Education - Usable Knowledge: Community and Family Learning.

Wonderopolis - NCFL and Thinkfinity multimedia materials for learning

Beyond the checklist: Using reflective practice to remove barriers in family and community literacy by Cheryl Brown and Wendell Dryden – while specifically examining an intergenerational literacy project, the article poses a number of considerations useful in thinking about learner persistence across multiple learning spheres.

Students in Family Literacy Programs Benefit from Planning and Leadership Roles by Joe Savrock

Intergenerational Literacy Sessions - documentation of three sessions engaging Brown University students in a consideration of intergenerational literacy within community-based educational programs.  (Word document, in RTF).

Figure This! Math Challenges for Families.

Research Digest: Parents Write Their Worlds: A Parent Involvement Program Bridging Urban Schools and Families - Janise Hurtig describes a participatory research project that examines a school-based writing workshop in which parents write stories, some of which are published in a literary magazine that is circulated within schools and community.  Part of the larger Family Involvement Network of Educators site.

Fairfax County Family Literacy Curriculum - designed to be used in a multi-level adult ESOL family literacy class; in our modules - Introductory (Self, Family and Community),  Government (Schools and Community), Health (Medicine and Stress), and Consumerism (Shopping and Making a Budget).

What Kids Can Do - What Kids Can Do "combs the country for compelling examples of young people working with adults in their school and communities on the real-world issues that concern them most"
ABC Canada: family literacy dayJanuary 27

Adult and Family Literacy Research: Current Status and Future Directions - report / remarks from a panel assessing "the current state of knowledge about effective approaches to improving the literacy skills of low-literate adults and about the role of family literacy services in providing parents with the knowledge and skills they need to support their children's literacy development as well as their own."  Not unproblematic; an example of one strand of discourse about intergenerational literacy and its adherents.

Adult Literacy Education wiki on Family Literacy - jointly compiled resources relevant to intergenerational literacy learning

Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in Family Literacy Program Development - Adele Thomas and Bram Fisher, National Literacy Secretariat of Canada and the Ontario Training and Adjustment Board

Black Family Network - website of the Career Communications Group, Inc; founded over 20 years ago with a mission to promote significant minority achievement in engineering, science and technology. As a minority-owned media services company, we recognize the mandate to promote excellence to our youth by telling the stories  of the thousands of unheralded people striving for success.

The British Columbia Framework of Statements and Standards of Best Practices in Family Literacy

Building the Fire: Report on Aboriginal Family Literacy  by  Katherine.Gullion, 1996

Building Strong and Effective Community Partnerships - A Manual for Family Literacy Workers - the Family Literacy Action Group of Alberta, by Sharon Skage, 1996.

Building Strong Families: An Asset-Based Approach - from the Search Institute: A poll of 1,005 parents investigating how much support and success they experience in raising healthy, responsible, and caring children and teenagers. This poll is the first  step in a long-term partnership focused on identifying and bolstering the strengths of parents and  families based on Search Institute’s framework of developmental assets. Many elements of the report are available in Spanish.

Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs - Bilingual site detailing work of Family Resource Programs across Canada, including Weaving Literacies, perspectives on intergenerational learning and its connections to lives in communities.

The Compact for Reading Guide (February 1999) "walks your family-school compact team through the steps of building & implementing a Compact for Reading. It provides information, strategies, examples, & checklists to help parents, educators, & community members develop effective, workable compacts that can improve your school, increase family involvement, & increase student skills & achievement in reading." This information may also serve as the basis for critical conversations around roles of families, communities and educators in supporting children's learning.

Designer Literacy: Reading the Labels by Elsa Auerbach, from Bright Ideas, in Literacy Harvest

Diverse Families: A Dialogue about Reflective Practice - " This collection of essays focuses on applications of the Reflective Human Action theory (Andrews, Mitstifer, Rehm, & Vaughn, 1995) in the arena of family diversity.... eflective Human Action features the principles of accepting chaos, sharing information, developing relationships, and embracing vision--all supported by authenticity, ethical sensibility, and spirituality. But most importantly, this theory encourages reflective engagement--searching for meaning and thinking about what you are doing while you are doing it." - site designed to help classroom teachers and grant writers find resources  for prekindergarten through 3rd grade in five reading components (consistent with the Reading First initiative)

Family Literacy : An Annotated Bibilgraphy from the US Department of Education

Family Literacy and Child Care - guide for child care workers from READ, Saskatoon, Canada

Family Literacy resources - from the Center for Adult English Language Acquisition(CAELA)

Family Literacy - a LINCS resource special collection; and this

The Family Literacy online discussion list and the National Institute for Literacy no longer exist. The archive at is still online.

Family Literacy Indicators of Program Quality (FLIPQs) - a self-assessment tool based on the Missouri Family Literacy Indicators of Program Quality and Standards of Performance.

Family Literacy: Respecting Family Ways - ERIC Digest No. 203. Bettina Lankard Brown, 1998

Family and Intergenerational Literacy - ERIC Digest No. 111. Sandra Kerka, 1991. Information from early work in intergenerational literacy

Family and Intergenerational Literacy in Multilingual Communities - CAELA Digest, Gail Weinstein, revised June, 1998

Family Literacy: Annotated list of selected materials from the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) site

Figure this! - math challenges for families

In Support of Family-Teacher Partnerships - By Amy Sussna Klein, Ed.D.,  and Marian Miller, M.Ed. Asserts that teachers view parents as resources and not as annoyances.

A Framework for English as a Second Language instruction in a family literacy program -  Adult Educators from Even Start and ESL programs at Portland Community College and Clackamas Children's Commission worked together with Dr. Don Prickel from Oregon State University to create the framework, which they hope will be viewed as a "living document."

Frontier College: Working with Children and Youth - Frontier College in Canada works with community-based groups and organizations to set up Reading Circles and volunteer tutoring programs for children. By helping children to get hooked on books today, we are working to prevent illiteracy for the future.

Garden cultivates new roots - International Institute's family literacy garden

Gathering Voices: Building an Alliance for Family Literacy - Proceedings of  the conference "Gathering Voices: Building an Alliance for Family Literacy" held October 26 - 28, 2000, in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Growing Old in America: Learning English Literacy in Later Years Gail Weinstein

Headstart information and Publication Center, including Family Literacy Tool Kit

The General Accounting Office (GAO) released the following report on March 29th, 2002: Head Start and Even Start:  Greater Collaboration Needed on Measures of Adult Education and Literacy.  GAO-02-348, March 29.

From Incarceration to Productive Lifestyle -- Bringing Family Literacy to Incarcerated Settings; an instruction guide.  Hudson River Center for Program Development.

Intergenerational Cultural Traditons - an ongoing online project, overseen by Melissa Wilhoit and Susan Gaer, using literature to support language, storytelling and literacy development across generations.

Learning by Listening: A Longitudinal Study of Family Literacy, Catherine Compton-Lilly, University of Wisconsin at Madison  June 2005

Senior Child-Care Givers Express Frustrations, Joy in Journal  - Chicago senior citizens at the University of Illinois Extension program for support; many have shared their feelings in their own publication. The magazine is an outgrowth of a group, Willing and Interested Seniors/Supporters of Education (WISE), itself part of a larger Extension effort to assist reform of the city's public schools.

Why, How, and When Should My Child Learn a Second Language? - Parent Brochure from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics

Making Choices: Parenting Program Inventory - from the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs

Motheread - multidimensional national literacy organization, began in 1987 as   an intergenerational approach to developing literacy skills.

National Center for Family Literacy .

The National Institute for Literacy State Policy Update, Strengthening Family Literacy: How States Can Increase Funding and Improve Quality

A report highlighting three states' initiatives and analyzing how literacy leaders in each state worked to improve the quality of family literacy services.

Literacy Assistance Center's Literacy Harvest, and Family Literacy Forum : Perspectives on Family Literacy - a joint publication, fall 2003.

A Practical Guide to Family Literacy - from The Family Literacy Action Group of Alberta; intended as a resource book, and organized according to the process involved in developing an understanding of family literacy and initiating or building a program.

Practical research benefiting children and youth - from the Search Institute, which believes that "blending research and practice is the best way to find out what kids really need, learn how to best meet those needs, and get that information into the hands of the people who can make a difference." Includes resources for families.

Reading 'can bring social change' - BBC World News, November 20,2002. "Children's interest in reading has more impact on their academic performance than their socio-economic group, research suggests."

Providence Public Schools Department of Family and Community Engagement - "committed to building a stronger future for our children by bringing together many participants in a spirit of partnership and education. Parents, business leaders, non-profit organizations and members of the school community will join together to offer a range of support and opportunities to students, families and communities, and help students succeed in a strong and welcoming learning environment."

Rhode Island Parent Information Network - statewide, nonprofit agency that provides information, training, support and advocacy to parents seeking help for their children. 

responding to events of September 11th, 2001 and to the war in Iraq, March, 2003 : also see peace resources and Rethinking Schools

Lesson plans to analyze world events, wars, conflit, discrimination, and crises from Educators for Social Responsibility.

Heroes of Ground Zero - accounts of September 11, 2001, reported by firefighters, as well as information about rescue work, accompanied by classroom resources.

Dealing with tragedy - one year later

The New Normal - teens dicuss their reactions

news, resources:

Choices education project -a site providing frameworks and background information for informed thinking.

Weaving Literacy into Family and Community Life:  A Resource Guide for Promoting Literacy in Family Resource Programs
by Suzanne Smythe and Lee Weinstein -- publication is designed to help family resource programs who wish to  promote literacy as part of the support that they offer to families.

When They were Young: A photographic Retrospective of Children - images from around the world and across a span of time; engaging prompts for critical thought, language and literacy work.

ALE Wiki -what is it?  Learn more here.

young woman  and older woman reading

image from Families in BC History, part of a wonderful site combining digital images, guided information and links to support material, inviting readers to learn more about history in British Columbia, and, by extension, within their own communities.

last updated January 16, 2020

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