Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

SPARK Plus: A Bi-lingual Family Learning Program which uses the Environment to level the Educational Playing Field.

Prof Maureen Dooley.

SPARK (Shore People Advancing Readiness for Kindergarten) is a family literacy program which encourages families to learn together; prepares children and their parents to enter school by fostering cognitive strategies through nature; lays the foundation for reading, math and science readiness. Approximately 100 preschoolers and their families are involved. There are 3 components to SPARK: Saturday Family Fun Days, weekly take home activity packets, SPARK Kids books. Parents receive their materials in the workplace, at the schools, from the library-- whatever is easiest for them.
SPARK is a collaborative effort between the adult education program at Eastern Shore Community College and Accomack County Schools.
The family literacy program on the Eastern Shore has been operational for several years. The program uses books written about the families of the region to teach literacy skills. The program has expanded to work with the elementary schools in Accomack County. This year, the program has received an Even Start grant to offer a bi-lingual version-SPARK PLUS to intensively serve Hispanic families. This session will describe the program and provide a look at the children's books.


Prof Maureen Dooley  (United States)
Professor, Adult Education
Adult Education
Eastern Shore Community College

Maureen Dooley has worked in adult education for more than two decades. She is Professor of Adult Education at Eastern Shore Community College and has managed the adult education program since 1996. Services include instruction in English for Speakers of Other Languages(ESOL), High School equivalency certification (GED), Family Learning (SPARK and SPARK Plus) and Career and Academic Assessment.

  • Family literacy
  • Bi-lingual, English/Spanish
  • Even Start
  • Science curriculum
  • Rural life
Person as Subject
  • Cormons, Grace Dooley, Maureen

(60 min Workshop, English)