The following are selected facts and sources that help explain the current state of literacy in Pennsylvania and nationwide. The full list of facts are available as text in the Facts section and as infographics in the Infographics section. This information is valuable for establishing the scope of the literacy challenge that teachers, students and families face today. As more information becomes available or is updated, we will continue to pass it along to participants in this program.
Messaging for Families (PDF)Market research conducted with families across Pennsylvania showed that families (and students) sometimes have a hard time understanding how improved literacy can lead to a greater chance of success for students in the real world, not just school. Success is something that all families want for their children, so we have provided some sample messaging that can be used in communications that you may already be sending to families—newsletters, emails, status reports, family/teacher night materials, classroom blogs, etc.—to start the conversation about how families can help.
Messaging for Students (PDF)Messaging should always revolve around “Literacy is for life” in some way. Research has shown that many students believe that they are “literate enough” to get by, but don’t realize how limiting this attitude can be to their future college and career prospects. In order to engage students in ways that are relevant to them, we are offering a number of communications tools for reaching students. These can be found in the Messaging for Students subsections like Posters, Student Project Ideas, etc.
Messaging for Teachers (PDF)At the heart of the “Literacy is for life” message is the idea that improved literacy improves a child’s chance at success in everything. And that means in all school subjects, as well. It is important to convey a sense of inclusion for all teachers, not just English teachers or reading coaches. Literacy involves reading, writing, listening and speaking-skills which are used in every classroom, no matter what the subject matter. Wherever appropriate, in regular communications to teachers that are already in place, consider including messaging about the importance of literacy in all classrooms. After all, in order for students to be engaged, teachers must be engaged first.