A quality family literacy program has well-trained staff who can meet
the diverse learning needs of participating family members. The
staff understand the theory and research underlying family literacy,
bring practical skills to program delivery, and keep up-to-date through
Ask yourself how these statements apply to your program.
Our family literacy program staff …
- are well qualified for their particular positions, with appropriate educational
credentials and knowledge of family literacy programming, according to our
- as a team, bring expertise and years of practical experience from a variety of
backgrounds including adult literacy, early childhood education, elementary
and community education, social work and educational administration.
- have received intensive training in the theories and research that underlie
family literacy and in effective instructional practices, prior to starting this
family literacy program.
- receive regular, high-quality professional development opportunities to
broaden their knowledge of specific areas of family literacy, and enable them
to develop more practical skills.
- have a good understanding of the following:
- child development
- emergent literacy and the reading process
- adults as learners
- the dynamics of working with families
- differences in learning styles and abilities
- involving reluctant readers
- life skills support
- diversity issues
- power imbalances in society
- community development
- the socio-political context of literacy
- participatory critical reflection
- levels of expectation and accountability
- relevant administrative issues
- assessment and evaluation
- are prepared to use a variety of instructional strategies and make
modifi cations to meet the various literacy needs of participants of diverse
backgrounds, different capabilities and different learning styles.
- use age-appropriate instructional methods and materials that take into
account participants’ initial assessments and goals, follow their progress, and
build on their achievements.
- encourage participants’ self-expression and critical thinking through group
discussions and learner-centred program activities.