New grant funded through the Institutes for Education Sciences

A new grant has been awarded from the Institutes for Education Sciences, Career Pathways Programming for Lower-Skilled Adults and Immigrants:  A Comparative Analysis of Adult Education Providers in High Needs Cities.

 Many adult education providers seek to develop career pathway programs that build low-skilled adult learners' core skills (e.g., math, reading)in preparation for specific careers or fields (e.g., health care). In this project, representatives of adult education programs in Chicago, Miami, and Houston will work with researchers to describe how providers in each city integrate career pathway components into their services. This information will help programs understand and improve practices as well as create the foundation for subsequent collaboration and research.

 This grant is in partnership with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy (Esther Prins & Carol Clymer), Houston Center for Literacy (Sheri Foreman Elder), Miami-Dade County Public Schools (Mark Needle), and Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (Rebecca Raymond).

New Practitioner's Guide on Parent Engagement and Leadership

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Parent Engagement and Leadership Opportunities:  The benefits for parents, children, and educators
Toso & Grinder (2016)

This Guide discusses incorporating leadership training and opportunities into parent involvement and family literacy programs.  By doing this, parents can have a meaningful voice in social and educational issues, and educators can have a better understanding of the benefits of working with and supporting parent as equal partners in schools and communities.

New Policy Paper - Changing the Course of Family Literacy

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Changing the Course of Family Literacy re-examines the importance and value of family literacy programming and offers several policy recommendations to focus attention on the four-component model used in Even Start.  This paper explores the current status of Family literacy and, after gathering information from 47 states, found that 11 states and the District of Columbia funded family literacy programs in 2015-16.  These states and local programs have fostered partnerships and braided funding to preserve and support family literacy programs and services.  This paper poses a rationale and recommendations to support family literacy programs as an essential strategy for assisting low-income families improve their education and employment prospects.