School-based Literacy Resource Centers have morphed into virtual, in-home learning venues using WhatsApp and texting to distribute "classwork" and homework to rural areas where the internet is unreliable and unaffordable for some of the families we serve. LRC teacher using Zoom or google classroom to teach.
FEPs are parents, family members, and neighbors who help their child who is reading below grade level to improve their literacy skills with the goal of reading at or above grade level. In normal times, FEPs attend group workshops to become educated on how to assist their child with reading skills and homework. Now, individual telephonic sessions are held with the teacher.
With schools closed, LIFE works with infant and primary school teachers in Jamaica to develop ways to deliver school work to students using WhatsApp, texting, voice messaging and hard copies of work assignments. These allow for group communication as well as individual tutorial sessions often needed with underperforming students.
LIFE's Family Navigators, parents who have children in the school, are responsible for communicating with the FEPs about group work and homework making sure that children are completing in-home assignments and being monitored and assisted by their FEPs. Working closely with the literacy teachers, the Family Navigators continue to follow up with families identifying parents who are in need of help for the teachers to contact.
Literacy Works - workshops
LIFE'sFamily Educational Partners (FEP)attend workshops in small groups to learn how to interact positively with their families and to help their children with homework assignments and reading. With school closing, FEPs receive one-on-one instruction and tutoring from their teachers and are learning how to creatively engage with their children.
1-2-3 Books in the Home Lending Library
FEPs continue to participate at home in the 1-2-3 Books in the Home Lending Library telephonically. Books are downloaded and virtually delivered via WhatsApp.
During our onsite visit to Jamaica in January 2020 we launched 3 new joint ventures that address students reading below grade level, increase parental engagement and insure the sustainability of LIFE
4 OF 6 SCHOOLS
LIFE, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Youth and Information, Region 5, launched Literature Circles in four of our 6 primary schools and one infant department. Literature Circles are student led, teacher supervised "book clubs" where students chose a book, assume specific roles and discuss the book.
The Jamaican Library Service will joint venture with LIFE to expand existing libraries that LIFE has stocked with books and level readers, create new school libraries and provide ongoing library services.
Implementation of 2 libraries to begin this academic year
LIFE is introducing our model to a Pre K to 3rd Grade school in Queens New York.
6 SCHOOLS HAVE FAMILY NAVIGATORS
All six primary schools have a Family Navigator whose job is to communicate with parents about student assignments, homework and workshop attendance. They work closely with teachers.