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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

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 $3200. 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 2018

  • 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 2019

--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.

Register NOW for Family Literacy Certificate Courses! Scholarships available

Penn State Family Literacy Certificate

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

Register NOW for Spring 2019

ADTED 459:  Interactive Literacy & Parent Involvement

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 $3200. Scholarship recipients will gain a world-class education at a reduced cost. Applications will be accepted until all scholarships have been awarded.

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 post-baccalaureate 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 2018
    • 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, the key components of family literacy, the role of case management/family support, professional development/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 2019 (semester January 7 to April 26, 2019)
  • 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, link to http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/family-literacy-certificate/overview, or go to the Goodling Institute website at www.ed.psu.edu/goodling-institute.  

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Registration OPEN for Spring ABE Certificate Courses

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Penn State Adult Basic Education Certificate

Spring 2019 Online Course Offerings

(January 7 to April 26, 2019)

 

The Adult Basic Education (ABE) Certificate is geared toward professionals working with adults or out-of-school youth who struggle with reading, writing, numeracy, and/or English language proficiency. Penn State is one of the first universities to offer a fully online certificate in adult basic education.

Key features of PSU’s 12-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Adult Basic Education (ABE):

  • Offered online through Penn State’s nationally recognized World Campus.
  • Three required courses and one elective tailored to student interests.
  • Approved Act 48 provider for Pennsylvania educators; may count toward professional development hours.
  • Helps professionals gain high-quality, research-based knowledge about ABE, especially literacy and numeracy instruction.
  • Use credits to fulfill requirements for the M.Ed. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education.

ABE Certificate courses available in Spring 2019:

-     ADTED 460:  Introduction to Adult Education (required)

-     ADTED 470:  Introduction to Distance Education (elective)

-     ADTED 560:  Teaching Reading to College Students and Adults (required)

-     ADTED 531:  Course Design and Development in Distance Education (elective)

-     ADTED 575:  Administration of Adult Education (elective)

-     LDT 415A:     Systematic Instructional Development (elective)

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

For information about the Certificate, contact Beth Grinder McLean at elg6@psu.edu, 717-432-3498,  or link to http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/penn-state-online-adult-basic-education- certificate/overview

Student Testimonials:  “I think the highlight of this course was having the opportunity to learn from our peers, through group discussions and group projects.”

“The class has made me more aware of how numeracy fits into adult education and literacy and has already influenced the way I approach math when planning curriculum.”

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