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Family literacy in context : connecting research and practice in the Surrey School District Vernon, Heather A.


In recent years the term "family literacy" has become increasingly prevalent. While use of the term has evolved from describing literacy practices in the home to describing educational programs, family literacy is now recognized as being a key component of a child's success in school. Educators at all levels, from classroom teachers to district personnel, are acutely aware of the need to support those families in their home literacy practices. In the Surrey School District this awareness drives several district initiatives, including the development of a Literacy Growth Continuum and the hosting of both regional and ethnic forums in order to gain parents' perspective on key issues in the district. A district wide implementation of a family literacy program could have numerous benefits, but it is the efforts of individual schools in response to the needs of the communities in which they stand to have the most profound effects on students and their families.

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