Literacy for ME: Toolkit

System-wide Commitment for Wide Reaching, Collaborative, and Ongoing Partnerships

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School Age (K-12)

Foundational Research

“Beyond the School Walls” article

This article presents a case study of leadership in an urban school, including the use of partnerships and community involvement. The overarching themes can be applied to multiple settings and can help stakeholders understand the impact of partnerships.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Business

All

Foundational Research

National Center for School Engagement

This research piece outlines the six types of involvement with an emphasis on family and community participation.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Lifelong

Parents or family members, Community members, Family literacy educator, Classroom educators, School administrators

All

Foundational Research

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory: Building Home, School, Community Partnerships: The Planning Phase

This research article focuses on the planning phase of building home, school, and community partnerships.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Lifelong

Parents or family members, Classroom educators, School administrators, Community members, Family literacy educator, Business

All

Foundational Research

Adult and Family Literacy

This website offers links to programs, standards, and state policies, and a directory of adult education opportunities.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Adult Education, Lifelong

Family literacy educator, Adult educator, Parents or family members, Community members

Adult Learning

Foundational Research

Adult and Family Literacy Act

This site presents links to FY2012-13 AEFLA Grant information, program standards and testing protocols, and National Reporting system (NRS) guidelines.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Adult Education

Adult educator, Community members, Parents or family members, administrators

All

Foundational Research

ME DOE Program Guide for ELL

The Maine Department of Education provides resources—including bulletins, guides, and monthly digests pertaining to the instruction of English Language Learners in the state.

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Organization or program, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education, Lifelong

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator, Family literacy educator

All

Foundational Research

National Service Learning Clearinghouse

This website contains a collection of research based articles about community partnerships and service learning opportunities. These works represent early work in the field to establish partnerships within the community.

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Organization or program, Repository

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Parents or family members, School administrators, Classroom educators, Community members, Adult educator, Business, Higher Education

All

Foundational Research

Partnerships by Design

This research based resource describes how to cultivate meaningful school-family-community partnerships.

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Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML, Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Parents or family members, Classroom educators, School administrators, Community members, Family literacy educator

Adult

Foundational Research

State of Maine Adult Education Homepage

This is the home page is dedicated to providing information on several different areas related to adult education in Maine.

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Organization or program

Website

Adult Education

Adult educator, administrators

Adult

Foundational Research

State of Maine Adult Learning Curriculum

This site provides links to adult learning curricula for Maine learners. This site includes information on English language arts, mathematics, and college and career preparation.

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Organization or program, Curriculum standard

Website, Text/HTML

Adult Education

Adult educator, administrators

All

Foundational Research

Advocacy in Schools and Communities

This article focuses on how to support and encourage educators to make home-community partnerships a priority. Special attention is paid to communities with multiple cultures represented.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, Community members, School administrators, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator

Birth-Age 5

Identifying Community Partners

Center for Early Literacy & Learning

This comprehensive site includes a number of resources pertaining to early learning and literacy, including research and guides.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK

Parents or family members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Community members, administrators

Grades K-12

Foundational Research and Resources

State of Maine Special Education Resources and References

The Maine Department of Education web page contains a general list of special education resources including general information and a resource kit pertaining to several aspects of education for students with special needs.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, School board

Pre-K - Adult

Foundational Research and Resources

State of Maine Special Populations Literacy Resources

This website contains strategies for addressing the needs and challenges of children and youth who experience educational disruption due to homelessness, foster care placement, in-patient psychiatric facility placement, correctional facility placement and/or high mobility.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, School board

Grades 9- Adult

Foundational Research and Resources

Maine Department of Education Literacy Strategies for Technical and Career Education

This resource links to the Maine DOE web page. It provides literacy strategies and case studies related to Career and Technical education in Maine.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Adult educator, Higher Education

Adult

Foundational Research and Resources

Maine ACCESS Workforce Development Handbook

This is the official Maine DOE homepage for career and college transition information for adult learners.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Adult educator, Higher Education

All

Foundational Research and Resources

Literacy Information and Communication System

This is an online resource for professional development, research, and program locators.

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Organization or program, Repository, Training material

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education, Lifelong

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, School board, Community members, Higher Education , Business

Birth-Age 5

Foundational Research and Resources

Get Ready to Read! Early & Family Literacy

This site is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on the site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Parents or family members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Classroom educators, School administrators

Grades K-12

Foundational Research and Resources

Maine Content Literacy Project (MCLP)

The Maine Content Literacy Project supports secondary schools throughout the literacy action planning process. The project also promotes learning and using literacy stratgies in the classroom.

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Organization or program, Training material

Website

Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, School administrators, School staff, School board

Birth- Age 5

Identifying and Developing Partnerships

Barbara Bush Foundation

The Barbara Bush Foundation provides support for developing partnerships to strengthen literacy. Grants are available and resources are listed on this site.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Parents or family members, School administrators, Classroom educators, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate

Ages 3-5

Identifying and Developing Partnerships

Project SOAR: Parent Literacy Leaders

This website describes Project SOAR, a parent initiative in Chicago to develop literacy skills for young children and for furthered parental education.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Adult Education, Lifelong

Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Adult educator

All

Identifying Community Partners

Ohio State University Model for Community Partnerships

The Ohio State University released a model for creating engaging community partnerships to promote healthy development and academic achievement.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Lifelong

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members

All

Identifying and Developing Partnerships

Colorado Family Literacy Program Model

The State of Colorado outlined a how-to-guide for establishing family literacy and creating meaningful partnerships with families and communities.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Lifelong, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, School staff, Community members

Birth- Age 5

Partnering with Families and Communities

A Model for Developing School Communities

This article describes how interested stakeholders can develop school communities—including parents, teachers, school leaders, and community members.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Early childhood PK

Parents or family members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Community members

School Age (Grades K-12)

Showcasing Partnerships: A Sample Community Partner

Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition (Indiana)

This site describes the literacy coalition in Wabash Valley, Indiana. It outlines sample activities, resources, events, and contacts.

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Organization or program

Website

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Lifelong

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Business, Librarian

Birth-Age 5

Identifying Community Partners

Raising Readers Website

This website contains a number of resources for community partners, including free resources for parents, providers, and educators. There is a focus on early literacy.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Parents or family members, Classroom educators, Early childhood educator or advocate, Community members, School administrators

All

Identifying Community Partners

Maine Family Literacy Initiative Website

This website contains a direct link to the Maine Family Literacy Plan, as well as grant opportunities sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation.

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Organization or program

Website

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Lifelong

Parents or family members, Community members, Classroom educators, Early childhood educator or advocate, Family literacy educator

All

Identifying Community Partners

Communities for Children & Youth

This website is a listing of community partners in the State of Maine. Full contact information is included for the resources listed. These contacts could potentially support community literacy efforts.

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Organization or program

Website

Lifelong, Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Family literacy educator, Librarian, Business, Classroom educators

Birth-Age 6

Identifying Community Partners

Success by 6: The United Way Literacy Campaign

This website contains descriptions of community projects in the Mid-coast Maine area. This particular initiative targets children from birth to age 6. Contact information can be found on the site.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Parents or family members, Community members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Classroom educators, School administrators

Birth-Age 5

Developing and Educating Partners

Reading is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental provides parents and interested stakeholders with resources for the development of early literacy skills. This website also includes interactive links for children.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Parents or family members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Community members, School administrators, Classroom educators

Birth-Age 5 

Developing Parental Partnerships

Resources for Parents: Montgomery Public Library Early Literacy Website

This library website lists several resources for parents and stakeholders interested in promoting literacy during early childhood. The resources include direct links to partner organizations.

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Organization or program

Website, Text/HTML

Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2

Parents or family members, Early childhood educator or advocate, Community members, Librarian, Classroom educators

School Age (Grades K-12)

Building Relationships with Partners: Planning Partnerships

Healthy School Communities

This brief article describes how principals can find, welcome, and communicate with potential community partners.

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Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

School administrators, Community members, School board, Classroom educators, Business

All

Building Relationships with Partners: Planning Partnerships

Community Partnerships: The Planning Phase

This detailed report outlines how to cultivate lasting community, family, and school partnerships to benefit the wellbeing of students and adults. (See The Planning Phase section for additional information)

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Lifelong, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

School administrators, Classroom educators, Community members, Parents or family members, Business

All

Building Relationships with Partners: Planning Partnerships

Action Teams for Partnerships (ATP)

This guide, originally developed for New Mexico, outlines six keys for family and community involvement; including parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, and collaborating with the community. The concepts developed in this resource can be applied to a number of settings, including those in Maine.

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Article or Research Brief

Document

Lifelong, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Adult educator, Family literacy educator, Higher Education , Business

All

Building Relationships with Partners: Planning Partnerships

Civic Index for Quality Public Education: Establishing Partnerships

This resource presents the benefits and challenges of maintaining school-community partnerships, as well as provides a guide for how to interact with the business community.

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Application or tool, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Lifelong, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Community members, Business, Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators

Adult Learning

Building Relationships with Partners: Planning Partnerships

Community Partnerships for Adult Learning

This site describes how to take partnerships beyond cooperation into the realm of collaboration. There is also a comprehensive toolbox with several materials ready for use.

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Application or tool, Article or Research Brief

Text/HTML, Website

Adult Education, Lifelong

Community members, Adult educator, administrators, Business

Grades 9 - Adult

Building Relationships with Partners: Planning Partnerships

The Community Development Handbook

This comprehensive handbook is an introduction for practitioners interested in community development and capacity building.

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Application or tool, Training material, Article or Research Brief

Document

Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Adult educator, Higher Education , Business

All

Building Relationships: Tips for Programs

Community Involvement: Developing Mentoring and Other Opportunities

This article explores the research behind building community partners and provides useful tips to stakeholders interested in leveraging community support and mentors.

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Application or tool, Article or Research Brief

Document

Lifelong, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education, Higher Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Adult educator, Higher Education , Business

All

Building Relationships: Tips for Programs

Center for Civic Partnerships: Top Tips

This resource gives the top tips for establishing and maintaining partnerships, as well as a list of resources for further exploration.

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Application or tool, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Lifelong, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Parents or family members, School administrators, Classroom educators, Community members, Adult educator, Higher Education , Business

Grades 9- Adult

Building Relationships: Tips for Programs

A Plan of Action: 10 Recommendations

This website focuses on the use of technology and comprehensive community education. This source focuses on digital and media literacy for all members of the community.

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Application or tool, Article or Research Brief

Website, Text/HTML

Lifelong, Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Librarian, Adult educator, Higher Education , Business

Adult

Building Relationships: Tips for Programs

Creating Communities: How-Tos

This resource is a thorough, annotated guide for resources, tools, and research around creating community partnerships. The focus of these tools is on the how-to.

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Application or tool, Training material, Article or Research Brief

Website

Secondary 9-12, Higher Education, Adult Education

School administrators, Adult educator, Higher Education , Community members, Classroom educators, Parents or family members

All

Building Relationships: Tips for Programs

Successful Strategies in Family Literacy

This guide, generated by the State of Maine Family Literacy Initiative, outlines successful strategies to establish family literacy. 

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Article or Research Brief, Application or tool, Training material

Document

Lifelong, Early childhood PK, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Family literacy educator, Parents or family members, Community members, Classroom educators, School administrators, Early childhood educator or advocate

School Age (Grades K-12)

Building Relationships: Tips for Programs

Resources for Promoting and Sustaining Partnerships

This toolkit, established by the State of New Mexico, provides several printable resources and tools to support community collaboration. This toolkit includes teacher and parent tools.

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Application or tool

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators

School Age (Grades K-12)

Assessing Partnerships: Measuring Success

Community/School Partnerships: Measures of Success

This tool contains several checklists for inventorying resources and evaluating existing programs. These checklists will help schools and communities to determine and prioritize needs.

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Application or tool

Document

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Classroom educators, Parents or family members, School administrators, Community members, Family literacy educator, Business

Grades K- Adult

Assessing Partnerships: Measuring Success

Assessing Your Collaboration

Once collaboration is established, evaluating or assessing success is important to longevity. This tool gives self-assessment checklists to identify strengths and areas of need.

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Application or tool

Website, Text/HTML

Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Community members, Business, Classroom educators, School administrators, Parents or family members, Adult educator

Grades K- Adult

Assessing Partnerships: Measuring Success

Survey for Assessing Partnerships

This survey tool is used to assess schoolwide progress in strengthening partnerships between school personnel and the school’s families and community members. The survey assesses progress in six areas of parent and community involvement.

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Application or tool

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Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle 6-8, Secondary 9-12, Adult Education

Community members, Business, Classroom educators, School administrators, Parents or family members, Adult educator

 

 

9/18/12