Literacy Specialists: Competencies and Practices (2003)

This document is part of the “Connecting Literacy to Community” (CLC) project, undertaken by Bow Valley College in Alberta with the goal of helping agencies in three urban and three rural communities to identify specific literacy barriers, and to begin to either minimize or remove those barriers.

The project involved assigning literacy specialists to participating communities. The specialists had a wide range of roles and responsibilities that called for diverse backgrounds and knowledge, the author notes. However, little was known about the skills the specialists use in their day-to-day activities.

In this component of the project, team members focused on identifying the core competencies literacy specialists use; summarizing the results of their findings into a manageable list of skills; and identifying effective practices that could potentially be used to help develop a curriculum for a training program for literacy specialists.

The research showed that the skills the literacy specialists used frequently used and ranked highly included the skills of setting the foundation; co-creating the relationship; communicating effectively; facilitating learning and results; and personal effectiveness. The skills were interrelated and were used repeatedly as each project unfolded.

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