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Alvarez, Steven – Community Literacy Journal, 2017
This article reports from instances of child language brokering among emergent bilingual youths and parents at a New York City after-school community literacy program composed largely of Mexican immigrant families. I argue that youth language brokers negotiated literacies with and for their parents in differing contexts, with different audiences,…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Mexicans, Translation, English (Second Language)
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MacDonald, Michael T. – Community Literacy Journal, 2017
Literacy "sponsorship" in refugee communities is not without its risks and limitations. For potential sponsors, risks include the commodification of refugee voices, while limits include inaccurate generalizations of those being sponsored. This essay draws from a case study of refugee student discourse to discuss how a more explicit…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Refugees, After School Programs, English (Second Language)
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Rosenberg, Lauren – Community Literacy Journal, 2017
Sustainability in community engagement projects depends on careful attention to the ways we navigate complex, often challenging relationships with our partners, our students, agencies, and the institutions in which we occupy multiple, sometimes competing roles. This article considers the difficulty inherent in developing and maintaining…
Descriptors: Outreach Programs, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Undergraduate Students
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Jacobi, Tobi – Community Literacy Journal, 2016
This essay argues that while fostering individual and collaborative literacy can indeed promote self-awareness, confidence, and political awareness, the threat of emotional and material retribution is ever-present in jail, making the development of infrastructure challenging. Such reality compels engaged teacher-researchers to develop tactical…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Compliance (Psychology), Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions
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Plemons, Anna – Community Literacy Journal, 2013
Considering the situated complexities and competing interest of exploitation and hope inherent in community literacy work, this article examines the ways that the Community Arts Program (CAP) at California State Prison-Sacramento complicates and also reifies archetypal grand literacy narratives and considers the place of such narratives within a…
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions, Art Activities, Community Programs
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Perry, Kristen H. – Community Literacy Journal, 2013
This case study investigates Carolyn, an effective volunteer ESL and literacy instructor of adult African refugees, in order to understand both what it means to be a qualified instructor, and also how community-based volunteer instructors may become more qualified. The study's findings suggest that Carolyn's qualifications are a combination of…
Descriptors: Volunteers, English (Second Language), Literacy Education, Adult Education
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Bradbury, Kelly S. – Community Literacy Journal, 2012
At a time when accusations of American ignorance and anti-intellectualism are ubiquitous, this article challenges problematic assumptions about intellectualism that overlook the work of adult basic literacy programs and proposes an expanded view of intellectualism. It is important to recognize and to challenge narrow views of intellectualism…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Intellectual Development, Intellectual Experience, Intelligence
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Anderson, Jim; Purcell-Gates, Victoria; Lenters, Kimberly; McTavish, Marianne – Community Literacy Journal, 2012
In this article, we share real-world literacy activities that we designed and implemented in two early literacy classes for preschoolers from two inner-city neighbourhoods that were part of an intergenerational family literacy program, Literacy for Life (LFL). The program was informed by research that shows that young children in high literate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Family Literacy, Intergenerational Programs, Literacy Education
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Jolliffe, David Alton – Community Literacy Journal, 2012
As the author does his job, trying to sponsor and support reading and writing practices that will ideally enrich lives and communities throughout Arkansas, he is always tempted to rewrite the American Declaration of Independence so that its second paragraph begins this way: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created…
Descriptors: Freedom, Literacy Education, Cultural Capital, Rural Areas
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Kaunonen, Gary – Community Literacy Journal, 2011
In working class education, one of the primary goals in addition to basic literacy was the formulation of class-based interpretations of society. In the late 19th and early 20th century, as literacy programs began to filter into the lives of proletariat, an attempt to expand the definition of literacy past basic reading and writing skills…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Working Class, Educational History, Schools
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Gring-Pemble, Lisa M.; Garner, Pamela – Community Literacy Journal, 2010
In this essay, we explain the development, implementation, and preliminary findings of an innovative writing program that drew upon a peer collaborative model and a community literacy perspective. Developed as an after school program, this project represented a community-university partnership designed to provide an enjoyable forum for teaching…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Writing Instruction, Literacy Education, Peer Relationship
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Meyers, Susan V. – Community Literacy Journal, 2009
A recent nine-month field study considered the relationships among school-sponsored and community forms of literacy practices in a migrant-sending area of rural Mexico. While many teachers in rural Mexico argue that students should remain in school rather than migrate to the U.S., this study demonstrates the ways in which schools in rural Mexico…
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Community Needs
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Shanahan, Timothy – Community Literacy Journal, 2008
This article explores similarities in literacy learning across various life-span stages and considers what actions must be taken to improve literacy attainment and achievement, whether the delivery site is prekindergarten, elementary, secondary, adult, family, workplace, volunteer, or community literacy. The emphasis here is on what it takes to…
Descriptors: Literacy, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Reading Instruction
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Greenberg, Daphne – Community Literacy Journal, 2008
The field of adult literacy is complex. This complexity poses many challenges for literacy programs. This paper addresses the challenges of collaboration, diversity, attendance, assessment and professional development as they apply to adult literacy programs. Recommendations for increasing the success of literacy programs are provided.
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Adult Literacy, Barriers, Cooperation
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Goldblatt, Eli – Community Literacy Journal, 2008
In the summer of 2006, Open Borders Project/Proyecto Sin Fronteras, a small educational center in the heart of Latino North Philadelphia, sponsored a six-week program to teach teens from Philadelphia public schools how to plan and conduct interviews, edit audio files, and write the necessary preparatory material to produce short pieces about…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Summer Programs, Personal Narratives, Hispanic Americans
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