- Individual learning plans supported by contextualized one-on-one instruction and contextualized classroom learning are needed.
- Issues of recruitment, attendance, motivation, and persistence
- Sense of embarrassment
- There is a need for more drop-in programs with computer labs and flexible evening and weekend hours.
- Tracking progress of students who are tutored one-on-one by volunteers is challenging.
- Recruiting and training volunteer tutors is an ongoing process.
- More effort is needed for recruiting students.
- There is limited support staff for some programs.
- Programs offer a range of curriculum materials, i.e. computer-based materials, but not many options.
- Students in adult education and literacy classes come only 2 or 3 times a week for a maximum of 12 hours, when as many as 150 hours of instruction is needed.
- Learners also may have diagnosed or undiagnosed disabilities or differing learning styles.
- Reduced budgets and program cuts may seriously impact program effectiveness.
- Older learners may be transient due to employment changes.
- Tutor-student matching is time consuming.
- Adult programs look like traditional schools where people have had poor educational experiences.
- One-third of the learners do not continue over time.
- Most students in adult literacy programs test at leass than a sixth grade reading level (basic or below basic).
Information taken from the Literacy 2030 Midlands Needs Assessment, 2012.
- Reading, writing, and communication continuums demonstrating approximate expected milestones for readers (BCH)
- "Portrait" of readers and writers by age (BCH)
- Key benchmark books by level
- Tips for families on how to foster literacy, by age (BCH)
Grade Level Programs
- Grade Level Programs
Extracted from the Promising Practices Guide, which provides programs and best practices for different demographics of library programs around the state
- Programs that use partners for grade level reading highlighted - examples include police, doctors, hospitals, churches, and schools
- South Carolina State Library: A great resource for local and state grant research.
- American Library Association: ALA not gives grants of its own, but it also links to federal grants, including Gates, IMLS, National Endowment for Humanities, OCLC, and more.
- Grants.gov: A centralized location to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. The system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets applications for 26 federal grant-making agencies.
- Scholastic Grants: A frequently updated listing of public and private library grants that support library programs and initiatives that help young people.
- K-12 Grants: Financial awards available for U.S. schools, continuously updated by THEJournal.com.
- Finding the Funds: Renaissance Learning provides valuable advice on writing grants for educational initiatives, plus a comprehensive list of funding opportunities.
- LibraryWorks: A variety of time-sensitive and ongoing grant opportunities for libraries.
- IMLS Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers a searchable database of grants available for libraries across the United States.