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ERIC Number: EJ794831
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 39
Implementing Family Literacy Programs for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Populations: Key Elements to Consider
Garcia, Delia C.; Hasson, Deborah J.
School Community Journal, v14 n1 p113-137 Spr-Sum 2004
Family literacy programs reflect a recent trend in educational reform that has proven to be a successful educational model for all members of the family unit. Based on the literature that links family involvement to student achievement, these initiatives focus on empowering parents of school children. These programs have been particularly beneficial for linguistically and culturally diverse families, since they provide opportunities for adult family members to acquire English language/literacy skills while gaining access to the sociocultural knowledge required for them to assume greater roles of involvement in their children's education. This article examines specific key elements considered essential in the effective implementation of family literacy programs. Insights from the authors' experiences with implementing family English literacy programs for over 20 years in the South Florida area include the role of needs assessments, recruitment and retention, curricular design and curricular materials, personnel selection and staff development, and interagency collaboration. Given the current emphasis on these types of programs, it is imperative that issues of implementation be addressed in order to maximize the success of these initiatives.
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, Family Involvement, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Family Literacy, Family (Sociological Unit), Curriculum Design, Recruitment, Instructional Materials, Agency Cooperation, Program Implementation, Parent Participation, Program Design, English (Second Language), Intergenerational Programs, Adult Education, Needs Assessment, Retention (Psychology)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida