ERIC Number: ED450946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Creating Partnerships for Learning: Family Literacy in Elementary Schools.
National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY.
Building on the link between parents' education and children's academic achievement, the Families in Schools model of family literacy brings at-risk elementary school students and their parents together to learn in the elementary school setting. This book describes the model, presents the federal definition of family literacy, and argues that incorporating the Families in Schools model would be an effective strategy for improving student achievement and enhancing parent participation in their children's education. Further, the booklet details the components of the model and discusses how they are applied in the elementary school setting: (1) children's education; (2) adult education; (3) parent time; and (4) parent and child together time. Suggestions are given for developing successful family literacy programs at the elementary school level, including setting the school climate, integrating family literacy into the school culture, eliciting staff enthusiasm, planning teamwork, and recruiting and retaining families. Key roles for a high-quality Families in School program are described, including the district coordinator, school principal, elementary school teacher envoy, adult education teacher, and the parent liaison. The booklet concludes by asserting that current school reform efforts work to capitalize on a subtle but long-held tradition of family literacy and parent involvement and that this tradition must be at the forefront of public education to enrich the lives of today's children. (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Family Literacy, Family Programs, Family (Sociological Unit), High Risk Students, Models, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Vocational Education
National Center for Family Literacy, Attention: Publications, 325 West Main Street, Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40202-4251; Tel: 502-584-1133; Fax: 502-584-0172; Web site: http://www.famlit.org ($7).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Family Literacy, Louisville, KY.
Note: "This booklet is published with the support of Toyota Motor North America, Inc."