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  Critical Issue: Addressing the Literacy Needs of Emergent and Early Readers
Children's growth from emergent to conventional literacy is influenced by their continuing literacy development, their understanding of literacy concepts, and the efforts of parents, caregivers, and teachers to promote literacy.
Emergent literacy also is based on behaviors modeled and supported by adults (Vygotsky) that encourage children to change and refine their own ideas to more closely match conventional notions.
One example of this interface between literacy acquisition and literacy instruction is the child's development of phonemic awareness (awareness that spoken words are made with individual sounds).
www.ncrel.org /sdrs/areas/issues/content/cntareas/reading/li100.htm   (0 words)

Literacy Matters was designed for middle and high school teachers—not only English language arts teachers, but also content area teachers (e.g., science, social studies, and mathematics).
The goal of our comprehensive (and ever expanding) web site is to provide information about research-based literacy practices, online professional development opportunities, rich lesson plans, and links to web sites in order to strengthen literacy learning for all students, particularly those whose problems with reading and writing become barriers to successful learning.
Currently, Literacy Matters is focusing on three key "matters" in adolescent literacy development: Adolescent Literature, Content Literacy, and Literacy and Technology.
www.literacymatters.org /teachers/index.htm   (140 words)

  Literacy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The history of literacy goes back several thousand years, but before the industrial revolution finally made cheap paper and cheap books available to all classes in industrialized countries in the mid-nineteenth century, only a small percentage of the population in these countries were literate.
Some have suggested that the higher the literacy rate of a country, generally the longer the life span, although critics have argued that this is a Post hoc fallacy.
New literacies such as media literacy, visual literacy, computer literacy, multimedia literacy, information literacy and digital literacy are all new literacies that are being introduced in contemporary literacy studies and media studies.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Literacy   (3201 words)

 Information literacy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tool literacy, or the ability to understand and use the practical and conceptual tools of current information technology relevant to education and the areas of work and professional life that the individual expects to inhabit.
Emerging technology literacy, or the ability to ongoingly adapt to, understand, evaluate and make use of the continually emerging innovations in information technology so as not to be a prisoner of prior tools and resources, and to make intelligent decisions about the adoption of new ones.
Another conception of information literacy, used primarily in the library and information studies field, and rooted in the concepts of library instruction and bibliographic instruction, is the ability "to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information" (1989, p.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Information_literacy   (2138 words)

 The Midwest LINCS Family Literacy Special Collections
Family literacy is a term used to describe parents and children - or more broadly - adults and children - learning together.
One phrase that is often used to describe the importance of family literacy is "break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy".
The goal of the Family Literacy Special Collection is to provide individuals working with families a way to access a variety of high quality resources quickly and easily.
literacy.kent.edu /Midwest/FamilyLit   (0 words)

 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) - What is NAAL?
The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults age 16 and older.
In 2003, over 19,000 adults participated in the national and state-level assessments, representing the entire population of U.S. adults who are age 16 and older, most in their homes and some in prisons from the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
It compares the literacy of adults in the prison and household populations and across groups of prison inmates with different characteristics, including race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, age, language spoken before starting school, and parents’ educational attainment.
nces.ed.gov /naal   (692 words)

 Rotary International: RI Programs: Service Opportunities
In 1997, the RI Board of Directors designated July as Literacy Month, a perfect time for Rotary clubs to develop their own literacy projects as well as raise awareness of Rotarian efforts worldwide to eradicate illiteracy.
Literacy and numeracy projects allow Rotarians to make a creative contribution to building nations, reducing poverty, and opening up opportunities to those who need them.
Apply for a Rotary Foundation grant to establish literacy programs for girls and women, working with an international partner in a country with high rates of female illiteracy.
rotary.org /programs/service_opportunities/participate/literacy.html   (729 words)

 Building Citizenship Skills through Media Literacy Education
In fact, the powerful concept of literacy was the driving force that led leaders in the media literacy movement to adopt a comprehensive definition of media literacy as "the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and produce communication in a variety of forms" in a conference sponsored by the Aspen Institute (Aufderheide, 1992).
Some see media literacy as a new kind of English education, learning to appreciate and analyze ads and sitcoms and films -- some of which are destined to become the "classics" of the next century -- with the same tools used to study the traditional genres of poetry, short story and the novel.
Secondly, media literacy can support and foster educational environments in which students can practice the skills of leadership, free and responsible self-expression, conflict resolution and consensus-building, because without these skills, young people will not be able to effectively engage with others in the challenges of cooperative problem-solving that participation in a democratic society demands.
www.medialit.org /reading_room/article365.html   (6673 words)

Literacy includes, reading, writing, and the creative and analytical acts involved in producing and comprehending text.
Aligned Curriculum — The school develops and implements a curriculum that incorporates literacy and is rigorous, intentional, and aligned to state and local literacy standards.
Even Start Family Literacy provides intensive family literacy services that integrate learning activities for parents and children, helping parents to become active partners in their children's education, and children to achieve a high level of success in school and life.
www.education.ky.gov /KDE/Instructional+Resources/Literacy   (488 words)

 OECD Observer: Literacy in a thousand words   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The IALS defined literacy as “the ability to understand and employ printed information in daily activities, at home, at work and in the community.” In other words, literacy is no longer just a question about being able to read, but is a more complex grouping of skills.
Not only do the Nordic countries have consistently high scores for literacy compared with other countries, their literacy levels tend to be more equally distributed among their populations: the differences between the least literate and the most literate are smaller than elsewhere.
Literacy has been linked with better health and longer life expectancy; it could be that skilled people, through access to information and preventive health practices, can better manage their health needs.
www.oecdobserver.org /news/fullstory.php/aid/366   (998 words)

 National Institute for Literacy
The National Institute for Literacy, a federal agency, provides leadership on literacy issues, including the improvement of reading instruction for children, youth, and adults.
Strengthening the Foundations of Adult Literacy Instruction: QEd.
The National Institute for Literacy develops tools and guidance to strengthen the teaching and learning of reading in adult education and literacy programs.
www.nifl.gov   (200 words)

 Rotary International: RI Programs: Service Opportunities
In 1997, the RI Board of Directors designated July as Literacy Month, a perfect time for Rotary clubs to develop their own literacy projects as well as raise awareness of Rotarian efforts worldwide to eradicate illiteracy.
Literacy and numeracy projects allow Rotarians to make a creative contribution to building nations, reducing poverty, and opening up opportunities to those who need them.
Apply for a Rotary Foundation grant to establish literacy programs for girls and women, working with an international partner in a country with high rates of female illiteracy.
www.rotary.org /programs/service_opportunities/participate/literacy.html   (729 words)

 Ocean Literacy
The importance of ocean literacy and science education to NOAA is obvious.
The importance of ocean literacy is more easily seen when we can translate to the public how the sea affects them personally, and more specifically, how the sea affects them economically.
This partnership, and other efforts to improve ocean literacy, will be successful by drawing the connection between our daily lives and basic human needs for food, shelter and economic well being to the sea that surrounds us.
www.noaa.gov /lautenbacher/oceanliteracy.htm   (1739 words)

 Course Technology--InfoWeb: Literacy
Literacy is important because how well you read and write influences your ability to participate in economic, social, and political life.
NCAL has three major goals: to "improve understanding of adult learners and their learning, foster innovation and increase effectiveness in adult basic education and literacy work, and expand access to information and build capacity for adult literacy service provision." The ILI focuses on research, development, and training in international literacy.
Literacy Volunteers of America Literacy Volunteers of America's (LVA) network of more than 50,000 volunteers teaches reading, writing, and English speaking skills to adults with limited or non-existent literacy skills.
www.cciw.com /content/literacy.html   (434 words)

More sophisticated measures of social literacy show big differences in minorities, and Asians score as poorly as fls when education is taken into account, at least on the National Literacy Test.
Correctly interpreted, then, the official 1980 and 1990 literacy rate of 95 percent and 95.5 percent indicate that 95 to 96 out of every 100 U.S. residents have attended American schools for at least five years.
True U.S. literacy figures for adults over 25 have dropped from a high of 98 percent to a 1990 low of 81 to 83 percent.
www.arthurhu.com /index/literacy.htm   (2556 words)

 Verizon Literacy Network   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Virginia Literacy Foundation's goal is to eradicate illiteracy in Virginia.
The Virginia Literacy Foundation was established in 1987 to support the work of private, volunteer literacy efforts in the Commonwealth.
Virginia Reads, in partnership with the Virginia Literacy Foundation, is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation.
www.verizonreads.net /champions/barberbros.asp   (422 words)

The Council of the Federation Literacy Award was created by premiers to recognize literacy achievements in every province and territory.
Literacy Alberta is a provincial coalition for adult literacy with membership open to anyone with an interest.
National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) is the national one-stop centre for information on adult literacy programs, resources, services and activities in Canada.
www.advancededucation.gov.ab.ca /other/literacy/literacy.asp   (334 words)

 Colorado Literacy Connections
This resource is brought to you by the Colorado Department of Education’s Literacy Consortium.
Literacy is a complex phenomenon commonly defined as the ability to read and write, but made up of many subsets of skills including alphabetic skills, phonemic awareness, decoding and encoding skills.
Central to the goal of literacy, however, is the ability to take meaning from print and to use print to communicate.
www.cde.state.co.us /literacy/index.htm   (122 words)

 Literacy — Hopelink   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Eastside Literacy, a program of Hopelink, works to equip our community’s adults—many of them parents—with the basic literacy skills they need in order to be better family members, workers and community members.
In the summer of 2001, Eastside Literacy joined the family and is now part of the Adult Education program of Hopelink.
Workplace Literacy: For a fee and in collaboration with local employers, we develop a custom workplace-education curriculum appropriate to each work environment.
www.hope-link.org /gethelp/literacy   (203 words)

 Open Directory - Society: Issues: Education: Literacy   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Laubach Literacy - Nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to helping adults of all ages improve their lives and their communities by learning reading, writing, math and problem-solving skills.
Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy - Research and community support center whose focus is increasing awareness of the overall spectrum of literacy issues.
Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) - LINCS is the literacy community's gateway to the world of adult education and literacy resources on the Internet.
dmoz.org /Society/Issues/Education/Literacy   (623 words)

That’s why we are working with ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and Frontier College to enrich the reading and writing experiences of young Canadians across the country.
ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation is a national charity committed to promoting adult and family literacy to the general public and to the private sector.
ABC CANADA's focus is on public awareness programs, providing promotional support to local literacy groups, and conducting research to further the development of a fully literate Canadian population.
www.starbucks.ca /en-ca/_Our+Stores/Literacy.htm   (452 words)

 Literacy Topic: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (3.14)
The UIS regularly collects literacy data worldwide and updates related statistics and estimates twice a year, in April and September.
"Literacy Sustains Development” is the theme of this year’s International Literacy Day, celebrated around the world on September 8.
According to the UIS, an estimated 781 million adults live without basic literacy skills, of whom two-thirds are women.
www.uis.unesco.org /ev.php?URL_ID=6401&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201   (165 words)

 Literacy: Information, Resources and Articles
Among the resources now available are: a new booklet for parents to help their children in grades K-3 become successful readers; a book geared to parents of children from birth through preschool; and a guide to help teachers become discerning consumers of education programs and materials.
The Adolescent Literacy Web Topic is packed full of research-based information on literacy and is now available on the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) Web site.
Speaker Educates Teachers, Leaders on Literacy - The message was clear to the 150-some crowd who came to hear one of the nation's authorities on literacy: Reading is not a natural skill, but one that needs to be taught.
www.bridges4kids.org /Literacy.html   (3889 words)

 LITERACY Directions   (Site not responding. Last check: )
LITERACY is a listserv run for students studying to become more effective literacy educators.
It is run by the authors of the book Effective Literacy Instruction: K-8 (4th edition).
LITERACY is a wonderful location to ask questions about literacy education as you participate in your course.
web.syr.edu /~djleu/LITERACY/directions.html   (511 words)

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