Founded in 1992 by the late Dr. Jo M. Stanchfield, an internationally renowned crusader in the field of literacy, her husband Stuart, and friends, the American Literacy Corporation (ALC) is a non-profit organization consisting of individuals who are deeply committed to improving literacy skills in our nation. Dr. Stanchfield has been internationally recognized for her research, knowledge, and enthusiasm in promoting increased achievement in literacy.
The American Literacy Corporation recognizes and rewards certificated educators who significantly increase the literacy levels of their students.
We believe the educator is the key to improving the literacy skills of listening, speaking, critical thinking, reading, and writing. Improved literacy results in greater performance and productivity, not only in school, but also in the work force.
The American Literacy Corporation holds high the torch of literacy as it strives to accomplish two goals:
ALC annually grants "The Outstanding Contributions to Literacy Award" to excellent certificated educators who show the greatest literacy improvement of their students. Awards of $2,000 are given to educators who make a significant difference in the literacy achievement of their students in grades K-8 and a $500 stipend is given to the winner's school for reading or language arts activities or materials.
ALC strives to increase literacy levels in students by providing educators and parents with specific strategies for improving comprehension through reading, listening, critical thinking, writing, and speaking. This is accomplished through READ ALOUD Strategies, created by Dr. Jo Stanchfield for grades K-8. These strategies help educators develop critical thinking skills in students utilizing guided reading and listening lessons using excellent novels and literature appropriate to their grade level.
"First of all, in the context of education, this implies that teachers have the Torch of Literacy-that they have the knowledge and understanding of the meaning of literacy. Secondly, Plato implies that those who have the Torch will also have the desire and the will to pass this on. Enthusiastic, caring teachers pass this Torch to their students every day." -- the late Dr. Jo M. Stanchfield, Founder of the American Literacy Corporation