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A Field Guide to Community Literacy
Case Studies and Tools for Praxis, Evaluation, and Research

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ISBN 9781032118116
April 28, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
286 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This practical guidebook presents trends, research-grounded strategies, and field-based solutions to challenges of working in community-based literacy initiatives. A comprehensive guide for practitioners, this book addresses best practices for implementing, maintaining, expanding, and evaluating community-based literacy initiatives. The contributors in this volume help readers shift thinking from merely considering, "How can communities support literacy?" to "How can literacy help us create, support, and strengthen communities?"

Organized into four Parts—on building community through literacy, program design, case studies from the field, and program evaluation—chapters cover research-based and innovative practices in a diverse range of populations and settings, including family services, adult literacy initiatives, community centers, tutoring programs. With an abundance of praxis-oriented examples and real-world strategies from top scholars and practitioners, the book serves as a roadmap for essential topics, including funding, writing grant proposals, handling audits, and conducting research within program settings. With templates, models, planning tools, and checklists ready for immediate use, this book is an invaluable field manual for individuals involved in community literacy work, researchers, and students in literacy-oriented courses either at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

Table of Contents

Section One: Building Community through Literacy

Chapter 1: Adult Literacy Education and the Work of Community Building

Erik Jacobson

Chapter 2: The Community as Educator: Historical and Contemporary Responses by Economically, Culturally, and Linguistically Marginalized Communities to the Colonization of Literacy in Education

Ann Bennett

Chapter 3: Family Engagement: Results that Matter

Kim Jacobs, Joshua Cramer, Wendee Mullikin, & Laura Westberg

Chapter 4: Unsettling Community and University: Finding Fluidity in Community Literacies and the Academy

Gemma Cooper-Novack & Brice Nordquist

Section Two: Setting the Stage for Program Design

Chapter 5: The Community Literacy Audit: Evaluating Community Literacy Needs to Ensure Equitable Literacy Education

Ann Bennett

Chapter 6: Conducting a Community Literacy Audit

Tara Wilson

Chapter 7: Urban Literacy Education as a Vehicle for Social Change: A Community Audit of Charlotte, North Carolina

Candace Chambers & Annette Teasdell

Chapter 8: From Idea to Reality: Creating and Implementing an Early Literacy Action Plan with Community Partners

Terry S. Atkinson, Kimberly L. Anderson, & Elizabeth A. Swaggerty

Chapter 9: Understanding the Psychology of Getting Funded

Beverly Browning

Section Three: Case Studies from the Field

Chapter 10: More than Contaminated Water: Flint, Michigan's Community-Wide Efforts for Literacy

Chad Waldron

Chapter 11: Leveraging Tutoring Center Literacy

Katherine Marsh

Chapter 12: The Chinatown Youth Organizing Project (CYOP): Community Literacies for Social Justice Mary Yee

Chapter 13: Health Literacy in a Diabetes Education Center

Megan Hughes

Chapter 14: Little Free Libraries: Fostering Access to Reading Materials while Developing Community Ties Peggy Semingson & Karabi Bezboruah

Chapter 15: Self-determination of Language and Literacy Teaching in Indigenous Communities

M. Kristiina Montero, Spy Dénommé-Welch, & Stanley R. Henry

Chapter 16: Examining the 826 National Model for Scaling Up Community-School Literacy Partnerships Susan Cridland-Hughes & Mary Schreuder

Chapter 17: University-based Literacy Clinics 

Brian Flores, Amber Meyer, Willian Tignor, & Dixie Massey

Section Four: Evaluating and Researching Community Literacy Programs

Chapter 18: Methods and Models for Literacy Program Evaluations

Vincent Genareo

Chapter 19: Community-based Qualitative Approaches to Studying Literacy

Laura Johnson

Chapter 20: Quantitative Modeling Approaches for Studying Literacy in the Community

Jan K. Holt & Diana J. Zaleski


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Laurie A. Henry is Professor of Literacy at Salisbury University, USA.

Norman A. Stahl is Professor Emeritus of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University, USA, and President of the Reading Hall of Fame.