Components of adult literacy Reading Writing Math English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) Cultural literacy
Why start an adult literacy program? Community need Economic concerns Immigration Children's education Health issues Quality of life
A literacy program as part of a larger initiative Violence prevention Substance abuse prevention Community health Voter registration Economic development Job training Education Specific early childhood or school-based initiatives Anti-poverty
Step 1: Assemble a planning team Encourage participation of: Local government Libraries Human service providers Schools Law enforcement Health providers Employers Labor unions etc...
Step 2: Assess the need Explore sources of information: Census data and other statistical records School systems Human service agencies and health providers Community focus groups Key individuals and pre-existing formal or informal groups rooted in the community
Step 3: Design a program to meet the demand. What services will the program provide, and to whom? What entity will run the program? – Federal government – State agencies – Local governments – National organizations – Community based organizations – Employers – Public higher education – Schools or education partnerships
Step 3: Design a program to meet the demand. (cont.) What are the program's educational assumptions? – How will the program view students? – What will take place in the classroom? – Will the program be staffed by professionals or volunteers? – Volunteer programs – How will you evaluate the program?
Step 3: Design a program to meet the demand. (cont.) How will the program be funded? – Public money – Foundation money – Community funds – Fundraising – Memberships – Endowment – For-profit arm of the organization