ALW 2013 – Parents as teachers and learners

ALW 2013 – Parents as teachers and learners

ALW 2013 – Parents as teachers and learners

Date posted: April 12, 2013

One of the foundational values of family literacy programs is that parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. In family literacy programs, parents are learners, too, whether it’s learning to support their child’s literacy or developing their own literacy skills. The resources featured today look at adult learning within family literacy programs.


Family literacy: training and staff development for family literacy practitioners: participants’ manual.
Louisville, KY: National Center for Family Literacy, 2000.
This training manual contains a section on adult education in a family literacy program.

Foundations in family literacy: module II: Literacy with adults and families.
Maureen Sanders & Janet Shively, eds. Edmonton, AB: Centre for Family Literacy, 2009.
Examines the critical role of adult literacy in family literacy programming, the principles of adult literacy, and the ways that Essential Skills can be incorporated into family literacy programming.

Literacy plus +: a practitioners’ guide to adding adult literacy activities to family service programs.
Bonnie Soroke. Vancouver, BC: HIPPY Canada, 2008.
This guide outlines the process of embedding an adult literacy component within a home-based family service program. For organizations and practitioners who work with children and families and want to provide more opportunities for parents.



Family literacy programs: who benefits? – this research review lists a number of benefits for parents

Monitoring tools: adult goal progress chart: family literacy programs in the Fraser Valley – developed by Pam Auffray and Penny Petersen, this tool helps adults document their progress towards their chosen goals in a four component family literacy program

Section 4: Essential skills at home
– This section of the Get Set Learn Afterschool program identifies the essential skills involved in tasks in the home to help parents and caregivers appreciate their own competencies

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