Whole Child, Whole Family

The level of parent involvement with their children’s education—reading with them or helping with homework, for example—depends on the parent’s own level of literacy, according to a newly released study by the National Center for Education Statistics,  “Literacy in Everyday Life: Results From the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy”. The study assessed adult literacy patterns and found that the higher the level of literacy, the more likely parents were to be involved in school, participate in literacy-related activities, and have educational resources in the home.

Read “Family Literacy: Sharing Classrooms with Parents,” from the Principal archives for an example of an effective family literacy program.