Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education FY2010 Name of Grant Program: Adult Basic Education Capacity Building Grants Fund Code: 610 APPENDIX B Note: The information below is offered as a resource that may help programs develop their Family Literacy proposal s for Adult Ba sic Education Capacity Building Grants. Program s are not required to use it. FAMILY LITERACY Family literacy is an approach to family education that addresses the needs of parents and thei r children. The Massachus etts Family Literacy Consortium defines family literacy as: coordinated learning among different generations in the same family that helps both adults and children reach their full personal, social, and economic potential. Many family literacy models exist, ranging from simple family literacy activities such as parents and children reading together to comprehensive family literacy programs. For more information about family literacy, visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/familylit or http://www. famlit.org. SAMPLE FAMILY LITERACY CAP ACITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES 1. Review and adapt family literacy materials from the Department’s Second Annual Summit on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for classroom use. (S ee Addressing the Achievement Gap: Parents as Teac hers and Partners at http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/summit/.) 2. Develop curriculum to integrat e parent/ family needs/interests in rate-based classes. Examples include, but are not limited to, curriculum that helps parents: – Learn about child development, child safety, nutrition, discipline, helping children with homework, and ot her parenting topics. – Learn about the cultural expectations of American schools, especially materials that encourage and support parent involvement/family engagement in their children’s education. – Integrate speaking, reading, writing, and math/numeracy into their daily routines. This could include the development of kits for parents to take home and use with their children. – Increase their participation in school activities. Examples include, but are not limited to, parent - teacher conferences, communication with their children’s teachers, learning what work their children are doing in the classroom, and learning how parents can extend learning to the home and community. 2. Develop curriculum that integrates the use of authentic materials in rate-bas ed classes to help parents more fully participate in their children’s education. Examples include, but are not limited to, notes from the school, report cards, permission slips, and MCAS reports. 3. Conduct surveys, focus groups, interest inventories, etc. with parents to determine need and commitment to non-rate based classes for parenting education/support and/ or interactive literacy activities. 4. Inventory web-based resources for classroom use including, but not limited to, websites such as One Tough Job (http://www. onet oughjob.org), Reach Out and Read (http://www.reachoutandread.org), the Massachusetts Parent Information and Resource Center (http://www.pplace.org), Get Ready to Read! (http://www.getreadytoread.org), and Reading Rockets (http://www.readingrockets.org). 5. Develop “how to” curriculum for family learning events including but not limited to: – Interactive literacy nights where parents and children read a book together and participate in a related learning activity, work together on computers, or participate in family math activities. – Educational field trips to libraries, farms, fire stations, museums, aquariums, and other sites to support and reinforce the school curriculum. Related activities can include “pre” preparation for field trips (e.g., vocabulary, ways to engage with child ren on trip) and “post” activities following the field trips (e.g., parents and children engage in writing, drawing what they learned). – Workshops/Presentations to help parents learn about and access: - programming for children (e.g., early childhood, afterschool, playgroups ). - community resources to benefit the family (e.g., medical, mental health, social services, self- advocacy, housing). 4. Develop procedures for “family action plans” that assist parents in articulating and working to achieve short- and long-t erm family goals. 5. Provide leadership and empowerment activities and/or training for parents. Name of Grant Program: Adult Basic Education Capacity Building Grants Fund Code: 610 6. Provide time for staff to meet with: – Community members including, but not limited to, teachers, counselors, social service providers, librarians, police, and job counselors to learn about community resources and plan activities for families. – School district and/or early childhood program personnel including, but not limited to, teachers, principals, parent involvement coordinators, school site councils, and Title I staff to identify shared goals and anticipated outcomes, develop curriculum, build relationships, and make plans to work together to support children’s academic success through parent involvement/ family engagement and parent education and support in FY2011 and beyond. 7. Provide professional development to learn about family literacy and/or specific components of family literacy for staff and/ or collaborators.
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