1st Edition

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

Edited By Laurie A. Henry, Norman A. Stahl Copyright 2022
    350 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    350 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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, and 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.

    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:  Indigenous-led, Community-based Language Reclamation and Regeneration Initiatives

    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



    Laurie A. Henry is Professor of Literacy at Salisbury University, USA, and Dean of the Seidel School of Education.

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