Briefs and Guides

Research Briefs

Policy Briefs

Practitioner's Guides

Research Briefs

Collaborative Research Brief

Research Brief #8

Research Brief #7

Research Brief #6

Research Brief #5

Research Brief #4

Research Brief #3

Research Brief #2

Research Brief #1

See Research Documents and Reports for links and references to the published documents.

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Policy Briefs

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Practitioner's Guides

Practitioner's Guide #7

Building Employability Skills in Family Literacy Programs:  Lessons from the Toyota Family Learning Program
Toso & Krupar (2016)

This guide, drawing on concrete examples, examines how service learning projects can help to develop employability skills among family literacy participants.

Practitioner's Guide #6

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.

Practitioner's Guide #5

Digital Storytelling in Family Literacy Programs
Mooney & Prins (2015)

This guide discusses what digital storytelling (DST) is and reasons for using it in family literacy programs.  Examples of family literacy programs using DST effectively are provided, along with concrete steps for implementation.  The guide concludes with important considerations for educators and a list of resources.

Practitioner's Guide #4

Addressing the Health Literacy Needs of Adult Education Students
Mooney & Prins (2013)

The purpose of this guide is to inform practitioners about the current descriptions of health literacy and the relevance of this topic to adult education and family literacy practices.  The adult education and family literacy educators play a key role in teaching and enhancing health literacy in the classroom.

Practitioner's Guide #3

Working with Preliterate and Beginning Literacy Level Parents in Family Literacy and Parent Involvement Programs
Shaughnessy & Prins (2012)

This guide provides recommendations for educators working with preliterate and beginning literacy level parents.  There is an increasing number of immigrant learners in programs and educators can better assist this population by tailoring instruction and programmatic offerings to these families.

Practitioner's Guide #2

Parent Interventions and Interactive Literacy Activities
by Grinder & Toso (2012)

This guide informs family literacy practitioners and others who work with families the importance of providing targeted training to parents to help them learn how to work and interact with their children to achieve greater academic success.

Practitioner's Guide #1

Interactive Literacy Activities
by Miller & Prins (2009)

This guide provides a broad overview of Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA) and suggests ways to implement ILA more effectively.  Specifically, the guide summarizes the research basis for ILA, describes what ILA entails and the ways in which they are being used in family literacy, provides examples of ILA activities with a solid research base, and offers suggestions for designing culturally appropriate ILA.

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