A Blueprint for Adult Literacy Programs and Funders

A Blueprint for Adult Literacy Programs and Funders

A Blueprint for Adult Literacy Programs and Funders

Date posted: May 3, 2018

Investing in Quality: a Blueprint for Adult Literacy Programs and Funders is a recent report from the Literacy Assistance Center in New York. It is the result of a project to develop a “blueprint” for high-quality, community-based adult literacy programs that could be used to guide program design, inform policy decisions, and identify true costs and the resources needed to support comprehensive, high-quality adult literacy programs.

The project identified 14 Building Blocks for a Quality Adult Literacy Program, which are key components of a comprehensive, effective, sustainable educational program for adults.

  1. A well-defined program philosophy and goals that guide all program activities and respond to community needs.
  2. A clear process for outreach, intake, enrollment, and orientation that attracts students, communicates goals and expectations, places students appropriately, and begins the educational re-engagement process.
  3. A program structure that maximizes student success with convenient class schedules, appropriate class size, student groupings by level, and optimal intensity and duration of engagement.
  4. Organized curriculum and instruction, contextualized to students’ goals and interests, which apply principles of adult learning and engage students to become more skillful readers, writers, speakers, problem solvers, and leaders.
  5. Student support services, including counseling and case management, which respond to the complexity of adult students’ lives and support their persistence and success.
  6. Pathways and supported transitions to help students make informed choices about further education, training, and employment, and move forward to achieve long-term goals.
  7. Integrated technology and learning tools designed for adult students that strengthen their capacity to navigate an information-based society.
  8. Qualified, committed staff with skills and experiences to fulfill their responsibilities and who understand the diverse experiences, language, culture, and needs of students.
  9. Adequate full-time staff with paid time for instruction, planning and preparation, outreach and intake, student assessment, counseling and support, program management, and professional development.
  10. Professional working conditions and compensation to attract and retain excellent staff and support high performance.
  11. Ongoing professional development that supports knowledge and skill development, collaboration, and program success.
  12. Integrated planning, assessment, and evaluation that guide instruction, inform ongoing program development, and enable staff to monitor progress.
  13. Program facilities and resources that are accessible to students and support all program activities, provide up-to-date technology and learning tools, and promote safety, dignity and respect for students, staff, and the local community.
  14. Organizational mission, management systems, and partnerships that support program goals and effectiveness, human resources, operations, finances, community networks, and sustainability.

For more details on each of the building blocks, click here to read the full report.

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