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Every study Taylor has undertaken in the past forty years is interconnected and reflects her commitment to culturally relevant research grounded in the everyday lives of families and communities. Her research encourages local contextualized changes that are historically and politically situated, and she has had a global impact in raising awareness of the systemic complexity of language, literacy and learning in diverse family and community settings throughout the world.


Teachers as First Responders in the Aftermath of Catastrophic Events

To reestablish schools after a catastrophic event, as learning environments that care for the health and well-being of children, as well as their academic development, there is much that can be done before such events take place. If children are to be prepared for life’s uncertainties, including catastrophes, both large and small, they will need much more than the current unhealthy practices now prevalent in our schools to prepare children for so many tests.


From Family Literacy to Earth System Science. A 40 Year Research Retrospective

The concept of “family literacy” originated in the doctoral research of Denny Taylor. Recently colleagues and students have nominated her for several research awards in recognition of her lifetime commitment to transdisciplinary family literacy scholarship and fieldwork with families living in urban and rural poverty in the U.S., and in regions of armed conflict and catastrophic events around the world. This document was constructed to support one of the awards for which she has been nominated.


U.N. HLPF 2019 & the Family Literacy Declaration of Principles

It is a moral imperative and an ethical responsibility that the U.N. work closely with NGOs and civil society to ensure global, regional and local initiatives that create safe, resilient and sustainable local communities, to foster greater involvement and local participation, and by so doing, make every effort to reclaim the human rights of families – especially women and children who are trying to cope with abusive circumstances in their struggle to survive.


U.N. Family Literacy and the Future of Humanity

Fostering a focused discourse on the mitigation of global catastrophic risks will require hearts and minds united in compassion, empathy and trust at the species level to take on the daunting challenge of safeguarding families, their communities, and their countries to ensure the survival of humanity. 


Family Literacy and U.N. Peacebuilding Architecture

A Family Literacy Global Peace Initiative is a first principle ethical macrostrategy that provides opportunities for UN Member States to change the dominant narrative, and to use actionable knowledge gained from forty years of family literacy research and initiatives to reduce the risks that are threatening all human societies. 


How Family Literacy in U.N. Member States Has Become A Conduit for Sustaining Peace

Family literacy is at the heart of many global peace initiatives and, given that human rights, environmental sustainability and conflict prevention are inextricably linked, it makes eminent sense to locate peacebuilding efforts in family settings to ameliorate the often violent circumstances in which families live their everyday lives.