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PLEDGE TO BE COUNTED! 2020 Census Count

PLEDGE TO BE COUNTED!

The National Coalition for Literacy is committed to ensuring that all of the 36 million U. S. residents at the lowest literacy and numeracy levels are included in the 2020 Census count. 

To achieve this goal, we need the help of all of the adult education teachers, literacy teachers and tutors, adult education programs, libraries, and service providers that interact with members of this population every day to spread the message and encourage Census completion. Read our blog post on the importance of Census completion for adult education here.

You can help by becoming a part of our Pledge To Be Counted! campaign. 

PTBC is an effort by NCL and its member organizations to ensure a complete Census count, with a specific focus on adults with low levels of literacy, numeracy, and digital skill. We are asking organizations, programs, and individuals to pledge to help these adults understand the value of the Census and complete the Census form. 

We have customized pledge forms for individuals, programs, associations, and current NCL members.

Individual teachers, tutors, and staff, take the Pledge To Be Counted.

Adult education programs and libraries, take the Pledge To Be Counted.

State and local adult education associations, literacy councils, and other organizations, take the Pledge To Be Counted.

NCL member organizations, take the Pledge To Be Counted.

In its own Pledge To Be Counted, NCL has committed to providing the following:

  • A customizable, printable flyer for your program or organization to use to promote Census completion 
  • A social media toolkit with sample graphics, tweets, and Facebook posts you can use in your own community

In addition, NCL will provide prizes (in the form of teaching and professional development resources) to the individuals and organizations that report the greatest levels of outreach in relation to their size. See the list of possible prizes here.

New Research Brief Out On Family Literacy Programs for Incarcerated Parents

family literacy incarcerated parents read to your child

Access Research Brief #10 here!

The brief uses interviews and observational data to analyze how 11 fathers in a rural Pennsylvania prison were involved in their children’s literacy, learning, and education before and during incarceration and through the Read to Your Child/Grandchild (RYCG) program. (This program is offered through Pennsylvania state correctional institutions.) The findings suggest that the fathers used the RYCG program to emphasize the importance of education, literacies, and numeracies, while also creating personalized scrapbooks and letters that cultivated their children’s literacy abilities and cognitive, educational, and socio-emotional development. 

New Practitioner's Guide on Parent Engagement and Leadership

Parent Engagement Leadership Family Literacy

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

family literacy policy Even Start Goodling Institute

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.

Family Literacy Certificate SCHOLARSHIPS Available!

Penn State Family Literacy Certificate

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

A limited number of scholarships are available each year for students enrolled in the Family Literacy Certificate. Scholarship recipients will receive a 25% off tuition for the first three courses and 50% off the fourth course, for a total scholarship package of approximately $3500. Scholarship recipients will gain a world-class education at a reduced cost. Applications will be accepted until all scholarships have been awarded.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE

Eligibility for Scholarship:

  • Must be accepted into the post-baccalaureate Family Literacy Certificate program.
  • Must complete the Certificate (4 courses) within 3 years.
  • Must maintain a B or higher to be eligible for a discount on the next course.


Key features of PSU’s 12-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Family Literacy:

  • Offered online through Penn State’s nationally recognized World Campus.
  • 3-credit postbaccalaureate courses.
  • Helps professionals gain high-quality, research-based knowledge about family literacy.
  • Act 48-approved provider for PA educators; may count toward professional development hours.
  • Use credits toward electives for other World Campus programs, including Master of Education degrees in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education and Curriculum and Instruction.


Family Literacy Certificate Courses:

---  Fall 2019

  • Introduction to Family Literacy (ADTED 456) explores the concept of family literacy and how it contributes to the literacy growth of the parent (caregiver), children, and other family members. The course addresses serving diverse and vulnerable families, models of family literacy, the key components of family literacy (adult, early childhood, and parent education; interactive literacy), the role of case management and family support, professional development and program improvement, and advocacy.
  • Early Literacy Development (ADTED 458) focuses on young children’s language and literacy development, including ways that parents and staff support this development using research related to children’s learning.

-- Spring 2020

--Summer 2019

  • Adult Literacy (ADTED 457) provides practitioners with an overview of adult literacy issues, research, theory, and instructional practices in the context of family literacy and how they pertain to the many roles of parents, workers, and community members.


For information about the Certificate and Scholarship, contact Dr. Beth Grinder McLean at elg6@psu.edu or 717-432-3498 or link to http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/family-literacy-certificate/overview

To learn more about applying for the Certificate, contact World Campus admissions at 800-252-3592.

Goodling Evaluates Smithsonian Learning Lab Print & Play Cards

REPORT:  Building Vocabulary in Young Children by Playing Card Games that Use Smithsonian Collections (August, 2018)

The Smithsonian partnered with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy to better understand how new audiences might use digital museum resources, as well as implement the Smithsonian Learning Lab collections in classrooms with young learners. The project’s goal was to “increase language development in young children, especially those living in under-served areas.” To explore this goal, the research focused on the use of downloadable print-and-play cards using the Smithsonian’s extensive digital collections, combined with questions adapted from Harvard’s Project Zero Visible Thinking routines.

New Research Brief!

Research Brief #10

Incarcerated fathers' experiences in the Read to Your Child/Grandchild
Program:  Supporting children's literacy, learning, and education

Esther Prins, Tabitha Stickel, and Anna Kaiper

October 2019

As stated in the Brief: 

This study used qualitative data to analyze how 11 fathers in a rural Pennsylvania prison were involved in their children's literacy, learning, and education before and during incarceration and through the Read to Your Child/Grandchild (RYGG) program. Before RYCG, most fathers took steps such as reading to children, teaching reading and math, attending parent-teacher conferences, helping with homework, and singing and rhyming—and then sought to continue supporting their children’s learning from within prison. Fathers used RYCG materials to emphasize the importance of education, literacies, and numeracies, while also creating personalized scrapbooks and letters that cultivated their children’s literacy abilities and cognitive, educational, and socio-emotional development.


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