Welcome to PA Family Literacy Resources
Devoted to providing you with the most recent and useful Family Literacy resources
- Curricula: Curricula and complimentary resources related to each of the four components
- Publications: Professional publications, articles and newsletters
- Professional Development: Professional development opportunities including face to face and at-a-distance offerings, as well as, program improvement resources
- Websites: A plethora of websites with a component key to assist you in locating what you need
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What Programs are Doing
Graduate Inspires New Family Literacy Students
Aliradel DeLaRosa, a June 2016 GED graduate from IU13’s Family Literacy class in Lebanon, visited Donna Dencler’s new students to give some inspiration and encouragement to those who are just embarking on their High School Equivalency journey. Ali’s story of perseverance, balancing work and family, getting discouraged, and finally achieving her goal resonated very well with the students. They asked Ali questions about how she prepared, what subjects were hardest, and what she is doing now that she has her GED. She told them of her decision to start studying at HACC for a degree in Human Services, and the new challenges and opportunities she is experiencing in this phase of her educational journey. At the end of her talk, the students gave her a rousing applause and told her how much she had inspired them. Here’s a sampling of feedback that students gave after Ali visited the class:
“Her coming to the class inspired me to keep going. It showed that it’s not impossible -- we can make it through. There are going to be a lot of obstacles, but we have to keep going forward, and it will be worth it!”
“I really liked having Ali visit our class today because she inspires me to keep moving forward, to never give up. I look at her graduation picture every time I walk into class, It's my own motivation, aside from my children and grandchildren.”
“I really liked having her in class because it was motivation to keep going. It was hard to hear her talk about her struggling and I understand how difficult that can be, but it was really inspiring to hear how she kept going. Now to have her going off to college classes is amazing!”
Reading School District’s Family Literacy Program November 2015
Center for Literacy — feeling proud at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
October 6 at 10:06am · Philadelphia, PA ·Center for Literacy collaborated with The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Friends of the Free Library on the #GrandOpening of#BabiesNBooks! Thanks to numerous donations of new and slightly used children's books, we were able to contribute over 1,000 books for this worthy cause.
Babies & Books is a new initiative in the intensive care nursery at HUP whereby health care providers are now routinely educating parents on language development and the importance of early literacy practices through the integration of mandated "story time" and creation of a family lending library. Each parent receives a new book and congratulatory card on admission that outlines the goal of reading to their infant for at least 10 minutes twice a day throughout the length of their hospitalization.
By modeling and encouraging consistency in parent-infant reading time from the time a baby is born, we aim to reduce the risk of language delay among high risk infants within our unit and to empower families to take an active role in factors that influence their infant’s development. Babies and Books hopes to establish a long lasting legacy within our own community as well as provide an evidence base for adoption of similar inpatient reading programs in neonatal intensive care units across the country, particularly in areas where both adult and childhood literacy rates fall well below the national average.
Have an article about Family Literacy or your program? We'd love to see it.
Does your program maintain a website? If so, let us know.
Program Facebook Pages...
Many programs have found Facebook to be an excellent way to communicate with students and others in the field.
Does your program regularly create newsletters? If, not you might want to explore it.
Have something to share with the field? Email it as an attachment to:
donna_dencler@IU13.org or email@example.com
Bringing Up Reflection Sheets: a companion to the Ready Rosie reflection sheets, these forms can be used to document parenting education and to help parents reflect on their implementation of ideas from the Bringing Up videos for children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, as Interactive Literacy Activities. To register Family Literacy participants for Bringing Up, go to www.bringingup.com/register.
Bringing Up delivers 3 content related tips each week to parents, caregivers, and tutors in English and Spanish.
Click here to find out more.
Bringing Up Reflections for Pennsylvania Family Literacy
NEW READYROSIE Standards!!!!!
Guide Tips for Using ReadyRosie
Guide Tips for Using ReadyRosie videos and activities with Refugee Families, written by Susan Finn Miller, Content Expert and Katie Murphy, coordinator at GPLC Family Literacy Program.
Parents Reflect on use of ReadyRosie Form
Parents may use this form to document the valuable lessons that they learn (Parenting Education) and the high quality Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA) that they do as a result of ReadyRosie. Programs can use the form for data collection purposes.
Reading to your child: the difference it makes
If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond.
So what happens to children when they participate in shared reading? Does it make a difference to their learning? If so, what aspects of their learning are affected?...read more
90.5 WESA (Pittsburgh)
Western PA school districts promise to support maker movement
Avonworth is one of 11 school districts in the region signed on to the “Maker Promise,” a collaborative campaign led by the White House-sponsored Digital Promise and Maker Ed. Six single schools are also participating.
Maker oaths are simple; add more activities to the school day where students are engaged in creating objects in real and virtual worlds with the goal of building skills that are important in the workplace...read more
Office of Innovation & Improvement
What does a cartoon cat have to do with learning math? New reports highlight the impact of Ready to Learn television
Today, new television shows are released in combination with a variety of accompanying digital media such as interactive websites, mobile apps, or e-books. What made the Ready to Learn grants unique when they were funded in 2010 is that they pushed one step further and tried to connect these different media with common storylines or problem-solving, and then explored whether this “transmedia” approach might result in increased educational effectiveness when used with learners from low-income backgrounds...read more
Baker's Dozen April, 2016 - Press Release
PA Center for the Book announces top children's titles of 2016
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Among the many children's books published last year, 13 have been chosen by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book to form A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy for 2016.
"Bear and Squirrel are Friends…Yes, Really!" by Deb Pilutti (published by Simon/Paula Wiseman);
"A Bird is a Bird" by Lizzy Rockwell (Holiday);
"Bunnies!!!" by Kevan Atteberry (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen);
"Fire Engine No. 9" by Mike Austin (Random);
"In a Village by the Sea" by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu (Creston Books);
"Night Animals" by Gianna Marino (Penguin/Viking);
"The Potato King" by Christoph Niemann (Owlkids);
"Sidewalk Flowers" by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith (Groundwood/House of Anansi);
"Simon's New Bed" by Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Melissa van der Paardt (Simon/Atheneum);
"Traveling Butterflies" by Susumu Shingu (Owlkids);
"Waiting" by Kevin Henkes (HarperCollins/Greenwillow);
"Whose Truck?" by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Jim Datz (Abrams/Abrams Appleseed); and
"Wolfie the Bunny" by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora (Little).
A panel of children's literature experts has selected A Baker's Dozen titles annually since 2004. Selection criteria, annotations, tips for using the books, previous years' selections and more are available through A Baker's Dozen website,
The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, sponsored by Penn State's University Libraries, is one of 51 similar organizations nationwide established by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Its mission is to study, honor, celebrate and promote books, reading, libraries and literacy to the citizens and residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit http://www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu or contact Caroline Wermuth, outreach coordinator, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-863-5472.
Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child 2016 selection is Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story. Written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand, this picture book is for children ages 3 to 6.
Published in 2012 by Holiday House, this story is about two friends, Mole and Bear, who decide to make a kite and find themselves on a windy-day adventure.
This is the 11th year for this valuable program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers. In its inaugural year, the One Book, Every Young Child program won the coveted national John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award.
High Interest Inquiry-Based Learning at your fingertips. Wonder Ground is a new part of Wonderopolis, created especially for educators.e The new website features ready-to-use lesson plans and classroom resources, correlations to education standards, and blogs from leading educators. It's a smorgasbord of innovative ways to use Wonders of the Day® to introduce units, build background knowledge, support student-driven projects, and more. Register Here
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“To curl up with children and a good book has long been one of the great civilizing practices of domestic life, an almost magical entry point to the larger world of literature.”
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What is Vroom?New science tells us that our children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up—it’s their brains too. In these moments, half a million neurons ﬁre at once, taking in all the things we say and do. We can’t see it happening, but it’s all there, all at work. Checkout Vroom for activities for parents and child.
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