Authors: Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC)
This best practices document was researched and written in order to provide specific information to Ontario family literacy practitioners. In this guide, the authors discuss the key elements of effective, high-quality family literacy programs. In addition to discussing best practices, the authors also provide information on family literacy in general, including information about program models, budgeting worksheets, funding, web links and related topics.
Anyone wanting to know about family literacy in Ontario, including funders, policymakers, and prospective volunteers, will find something of interest in this guide. Family literacy practitioners, managers, and community partners may use this guide to improve their family literacy programs, while family service agencies who are thinking of starting a family literacy program or getting involved as a partner in family literacy work will find this guide a useful starting point.
While this guide refers specifically to best practices in family literacy in Ontario, it would be a useful resource for anyone involved or interested in family literacy.
Effective Practices in Adult Literacy Using Speech Assisted Reading and Writing (SARAW) with People with Disabilities
Authors: Audrey Gardner
Like a tool kit or handbook this guide offers activities, resources, and suggestions to help you increase literacy learning opportunities for adults with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
The guide is for instructors, tutors and coordinators in adult literacy programs and support workers and coordinators in disabilities and rehabilitation programs and organizations.
By increasing your capacity to assist adults to strengthen their literacy skills, you are supporting individuals to communicate with others and participate in their communities.
A Project Report
Authors: Michelle Kuhlmann
This illustrated report describes East End Literacy`s family literacy programs and discusses the issues they raise. It is meant to provoke thought and discussion about family literacy. It is not meant to be a formula to be followed when creating other programs. We learned a lot from our project and we hope that this book will contribute to your thinking about family literacy.
Sharing Knowledge and Experience
Authors: Nunavut Literacy Council
What makes one literacy program more successful than another? High quality literacy programs share many principles in common. These principles are often referred to as "best practices" or "good practice". Both of these terms are used to describe what works best in a particular situation or environment.
This document features examples of successful programs that have been delivered in Nunavut. These programs were developed using many of the principles outlined in the introduction, for example, a quality program:
-is developed using the resources and expertise already available in the community,
-is based on the culture and language of the community,
-is built on the needs and strengths of the participants,
-has widespread community support,
-is flexible, and
-welcomes all participants and treats every one with respect and dignity.
This fact sheet is part of a series prepared by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) to focus attention on a variety of literacy-related topics.
The authors note that the increasing literacy demands of everyday life are a challenge for older Canadians, many of whom had their schooling cut short for a variety of reasons. Even those who had a strong educational foundation may find their skills eroding from lack of practice.
While literacy instruction offers many benefits to seniors, they are underrepresented in literacy programs, which often target those whose goal is employment.
To counteract these problems, the authors suggest developing programs specifically for seniors; working with existing seniors’ groups to promote adult literacy; using clear and effective communication to reach older Canadians; and encouraging more literate seniors to become literacy tutors.
A Family Literacy Program
Authors: Betty Knight
The Windermere Valley Family Literacy Advisory Committee chose to design and deliver a series of five workshops for parents and children 3 to 5 years of age to be delivered in three locations during the pilot project year. This program became Parents Reading, Children Succeeding.
This manual is an attempt to present a snapshot of one version of the program. Facilitators who deliver PRCS will bring their own experience and background knowledge to the program. The manual is not meant to be prescriptive but rather a jumping-off point. Facilitators should adapt the content to meet the needs of parents attending their program and incorporate their own knowledge and interests.
A resource detailing a pilot project`s testing of program evaluation tools, with findings and recommendations.
Two evaluation tools were piloted by four Alberta literacy programs, in order to determine their usefulness for community-based programs. The evaluation tools were "The Volunteer Tutor Program Evaluation Kit" by Audrey Thomas (1989) and the "Progress File" by ALBSU. This 50-page document summarizes the pilot project and contains a description of the project set- up, the tools used, the results and recommendations.
This publication can be of use to literacy practitioners and administrators in the preliminary steps of setting up a community-based literacy program. It is available at a cost of $10, through
Prospects Literacy Association
Edmonton AB T5H 1A2
Tel. (403) 421- 7323
Fax (403) 421-7324.
This portfolio assessment initiative has several lists of goals for students and teachers. It includes:
- personal goals
- reading progress checklist
- listening and speaking progress checklist
- writing progress checklist and,
- mathematics progress checklist
Authors: Sharon Skage
The practical guide is intended as a resource book. It has been organized according to the process involved in developing an understanding of family literacy and initiating or building a program.
For more information, contact:
the Family Literacy Action Group of Alberta
200 Horticulture Station Road East
Brooks, Alberta T1R 1E5
(403) 362-1677 phone
(403) 362-8926 fax