Alaska State Literacy Blueprint

Family & Community Engagement

Vision: All around them, young people see the value their community places on literacy. Fluent adults tell stories, think, read, and write in the home and community, modeling these skills daily. Role models representing the diverse community read for children and demonstrate a love of reading. Families, schools, and communities honor and encourage students’ interests in reading and writing. Childcare providers and educators are familiar with the literacy practices, cultural values, and local knowledge of the communities and families of their students. Community organizations collaborate to provide resources and supports for literacy. Businesses, community agencies, and local universities communicate with schools to support and develop the literacy skills that young people will need beyond high school.


Quick View of Family & Community Engagement:

Families and the community play critical roles in developing and supporting the literacy achievement of young people. The blueprint specifically addresses the following areas of engagement:

  • Family outreach
  • Community partnerships to support literacy
  • Creation and support of literate environments in homes and the community
  • Collaboration with post-secondary institutions of learning
  • Supporting primary language and home culture

Family & Community Engagement

Family Outreach

  • Schools, homes, and community engage in reciprocal conversations about student achievement and progress, with translation when needed.
  • School, district, and program personnel provide outreach to families, with priority given to connecting with families of students who are struggling in literacy.
  • The state engages families of every newborn in Alaska by sharing information, in the mail or in person, for how they can support their child in developing early literacy skills.
  • Districts invest in programs that have a strong literacy-based family engagement component and/or respond to family perspectives around language development.

Community Partnership

  • Education entities engage community leadership to help families build children’s language and reading skills.
  • The state and districts support early literacy efforts undertaken by community-based early childhood partnerships/coalitions.
  • State, districts, and communities collaborate with medical professionals to administer literacy screenings during well-child exams.

Literate Environments

  • The state and districts ensure there are year-round libraries with engaging materials and activities available to children and families in all communities.
  • Schools demonstrate the value of culture by collaborating with families and caregivers to support home environments that promote literacy development.
  • Schools and communities provide students with literacy-rich experiences, books, resources, and models to facilitate reading, writing, and communication skills.

Post-Secondary Engagement

  • State, district, and community partners collaborate with local universities to prepare early childhood teachers, assistants, and childcare providers with instruction in child development.

Supporting primary language and home culture

  • Schools develop literacy partnerships in all diverse languages between families and the community.
  • Schools and districts ensure that information about children’s progress in literacy is provided in a language that parents can understand.
  • Staff promotes the primary language of families and celebrates language diversity.

Family Outreach

  • Schools, homes, and community engage in reciprocal conversations about student achievement and progress, with translation when needed.
  • School and district personnel provide outreach to families, with priority given to connecting with families of students who are struggling in literacy.
  • School and district personnel work with families and community to remove barriers to learning and encourage attainment of literacy goals.
  • Schools involve families as partners in participating in activities that involve literacy and culture.
  • Schools invite and welcome all parents to the school as partners in their child’s literacy education.

Community Partnerships

  • Strong coordination exists between schools, early literacy programs, family literacy programs, diverse language literacy libraries, and after school activity programs.
  • Fluent adults in the community model reading, storytelling, thinking, and writing for students, demonstrating the value communities place on culturally-based knowledge.

Literate Environments

  • The state and districts ensure there are libraries with engaging print and digital resources and activities available to students and families in all communities.
  • Schools demonstrate the value of culture by collaborating with families and caregivers to support home environments that promote literacy development.
  • Schools and communities provide students with literacy-rich experiences, books, resources and models to facilitate reading, writing and communication skills.
  • The learning community celebrates and honors the linguistic and cultural diversity of the school and community with books and activities in the languages represented in the school.

Post-Secondary Engagement

  • Districts collaborate with local universities to prepare teachers with knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive literacy instruction in the schools.

Supporting primary language and home culture

  • Schools develop literacy partnerships in all diverse languages between families and the community.
  • Schools and districts ensure that information about children’s progress in literacy is provided in a language that parents can understand.
  • Staff promotes the primary language of families and celebrates language diversity.

Family Outreach

  • Schools, homes, and community engage in reciprocal conversations about student achievement and progress, with translation when needed.
  • School and district personnel provide outreach to families, with priority given to connecting with families of students who are struggling in literacy.
  • Schools involve families as partners in participating in activities that involve literacy and culture.
  • Schools invite and welcome all parents to the school as partners in their child’s literacy education.

Community Partnerships

  • Schools partner with community agencies, businesses, libraries, institutions of higher education, and other organizations to provide opportunities and career and/or college preparation for students.

Literate Environments

  • The state and districts ensure there are libraries with engaging print and digital resources and activities available to students and families in all communities.
  • Schools and communities provide students with literacy-rich experiences, books, resources, and models to facilitate reading, writing, and communication.
  • The learning community celebrates and honors the linguistic and cultural diversity of the school and community with books and activities in the languages represented in the school.
  • District personnel provide parent seminars that focus on ways to support literacy at home.

Post-Secondary Engagement

  • Districts collaborate with local universities to prepare teachers with knowledge and skills to provide comprehensive literacy instruction in the schools.
  • Business, industry, and community leaders communicate with the district and school about the literacy requirements of their profession so that students are prepared for work or for post-secondary training for a profession.

Supporting primary language and home culture

  • Schools develop literacy partnerships in all diverse languages between families and the community.
  • Schools and districts ensure that information about children’s progress in literacy is provided in a language that parents can understand.
  • Staff promotes the primary language of families and celebrates language diversity.