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A Teacher's Guide to Supporting Family Involvement in K-3 Literacy

Under Development


Marcia Kosanovich


An image of a mother reading to her young child

This tool will assist K-3 teachers in informing and encouraging families to engage in out-of-school literacy activities. It will also provide guidance for families to help their child's literacy development.

The outcomes for this tool will include a suite of grade-level specific materials based on the recommendations from the Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through Third Grade Practice Guide by the What Works Clearinghouse:

  • A Teacher Guide will be designed to assist teachers in supporting out-of-school literacy activities that are aligned to classroom instruction, informed by student need, grounded in evidence-based practices, and facilitated by ongoing parent-teacher communication. The Teacher Guide will provide a framework for literacy support activities presented during schools' family literacy nights and parent-teacher conferences.
  • Family Resources will contain evidence-based literacy activities that the teacher can give to the parent during family literacy night or at parent-teacher conferences for the parents to do at home with their child. Each resource in the packet will use family-friendly language and include a user-friendly format. Materials needed (e.g., letter cards) for each resource will be included.
  • Videos will depict families supporting children's literacy at home. The videos can be shown at the school's literacy night or during parent-teacher conferences to illustrate family involvement in K-3 literacy.


Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade Practice Guide