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Partners in Print is the #1 parent-involvement program for improving literacy.

Schools across the U.S. are using Partners in Print to help reinforce the role of parents as positive and caring forces in their children’s literacy development.

Partners in Print is a ready-to-go program with instructions and corresponding resources for conducting up to fifteen literacy workshops, each focused around a different literacy theme and skill.

NEW with Partners in Print – Intermediate!
Activity highlights include these current literacy needs and much more:

  • Digital literacy
  • Deepening comprehension
  • Approaching different types of text
  • Talking about technology
Each workshop incorporates a quiz for parents and children, offering a fun competition with incentives for continued involvement!

Basic Kit Components - Details
Primary (PreK-2) Basic Kit includes the following components:
Program Binder/Workshop Resource Guide
A user-friendly notebook contains point-by-point directions and reproducibles for program planning teams to promote and conduct up to 15 literacy workshops.
Staff-training DVD
A DVD containing an overview of Partners in Print as well as demonstrations of Partners in Print in action. (30 minutes)
52 Home-Activity Sheets
A home-activity sheet is available for each workshop station to encourage the use of skills learned in the workshops at home. Parents receive tips for working with children in addition to recommended literature selections.
21 Overhead Transparencies
Projectable transparencies feature key program points for use by planning teams during in-services and workshop presentations.
55 Activity Posters
Eye-catching activity posters are included for each workshop, listing clear, numbered, directions for the station activities. Parents and presenters refer to these posters for guidance as they interact with children at each station.

Intermediate (Grades 3-8) Basic Kit includes the following components:
Program Binder/Workshop Resource Guide
A user-friendly notebook contains point-by-point directions and reproducibles for program planning teams to promote and conduct up to 13 literacy workshops.
Staff-training CD-ROM
A CD-ROM with a PowerPoint presentation containing an overview of Partners in Print as well as demonstrations of how it works.
52 Home-Activity Sheets
A home-activity sheet is available for each workshop station to encourage the use of skills learned in the workshops at home. Parents receive tips for working with children in addition to recommended literature selections.
Reproducible CD-ROM
Reproducible home-activity sheets, letters, certificates, evaluation sheets as well as support for in-service and program explanations during workshops. Included are digital files in PDF format for printing and PowerPoint format for presenting.
50 Activity Posters
Eye-catching activity posters are included for each workshop, listing clear, numbered, directions for the station activities. Parents and presenters refer to these posters for guidance as they interact with children at each station.

About the Workshops
What do the workshops consist of? Each workshop consists of the following:

Background/timeline
  • Clear overview of each workshop and its goals
  • Concrete planning information

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Important highlights of each session
  • Discussion points

  • Station Rotation Information
  • Station reviews are concise and clearly stated
  • Strategies are modeled for parents and children and practiced in a partnership environment
  • Materials needed are easy to find
  • Engaging range of activities

  • Closing and Evaluation
  • Wrap-up segment clearly summarizes the content of the sessions
  • In the workshops, parents, teachers, and children work together as they rotate through each of the four workshop stations. Each workshop station includes simple instructions and all of the resources for the literacy activity at hand.

    List of Workshops (Most schools complete 5 to 7 workshops a year.)
    Primary Level (Grades PreK-2)
    1. Opening Night (Program Introduction)
    2. Drawing Meaning from Text
    3. Book Selection
    4. Conventions of Print
    5. Building Self-Esteem
    6. Reading Methods
    7. Playing with Print (View Sample)
    8. The Reading/Writing Connection
    9. Praise, Pause, Prompt, and Predict
    10. Reading Favorites
    11. Reading Extensions
    12. Phonemic Awareness
    13. Writing
    14. Comprehension
    15. Grand Finale
    Intermediate/Middle Level (Grades 3-8)
    1. First Session (Introduction to program)
    2. Understanding the Text
    3. Words Words Words
    4. Following Directions
    5. Gaining Reading Mileage
    6. Nonfiction Text (View Sample)
    7. Time for Talking
    8. Understanding the Text II
    9. Power over Print
    10. Technology
    11. Learning about
    12. Newspapers
    13. Sports Literacy
    14. Using the Internet
    15. The Grand Finale

    How is Partners in Print implemented?

    What else should I consider when setting up Parent Involvement/Family Literacy workshops?
    Many schools face the challenge of finding creative ways to get parents to be involved. Once you get them to the first Partners in Print workshop, it’ll be much easier! To start, here are some ideas of what to do to promote your “Family Literacy Night” or event.

    • Post articles or posters in the school (main office and classrooms) advertising the literacy night.
    • Develop a newsletter for parents.
    • Have students write letters home, advertising the program and inviting parents.
    • Distribute flyers in school and district mailboxes.
    • Display posters in the local library, YMCA, post office, etc.
    • Announce at PTA meetings.
    • Post on school and/or district web sites.

    Hint: Refreshments are always a big draw!

    Besides the workshop instructions, what else is included in the Partners in Print Program Binder?

    • Program Overview and Background
    • Information about Who to Involve and How to Lead the Initiatives
    • Evaluation Forms
    • Parent Letters and RSVP forms
    • Surveys
    • Book Lists
    • Recording Sheets for Workshop Presenters
    • Workshop Schedule
    • Inservice resources for planning teams

    About the Libraries
    The libraries are a collection of books to enhance activity stations and to motivate parents and children to interact during workshops. Books are correlated to each workshop theme, making it easy to prepare station activities. Parents and presenters read to and with children to interact and discuss different topics. Partners in Print Libraries are included in the Complete Packages, but are also available separately.

  • Partners in Print English Library: Primary
  • Partners in Print Spanish Library: Primary
  • Partners in Print Library: Intermediate
  • Partners in Print Library: Middle
  • List of titles included in each of the libraries:

  • Primary (PreK-2)
  • Intermediate (Grades 3-5/6)
  • Middle (Grades 6-8)
  • Ordering Options

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