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We’re looking for next year’s Toyota Family Teacher of the Year!

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The Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award celebrates teachers who are dedicated to including more than one generation in the educational process. An exemplary educator’s school or program will receive a $20,000 prize to further efforts to engage families in learning together. NCFL and Toyota will also recognize a second prize winner with a… Read more »

2014 National Family Literacy Day®

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National Family Literacy Day is right around the corner! On November 1 (and throughout the month!), NCFL and families across the nation will be participating in fun and engaging conversations, activities, and Maker experiments to further prove what we know to be true: everyday learning is both enjoyable and extremely rewarding. Don’t miss your chance… Read more »

Educators: Opinions needed

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The Teacher Practice Networks Annual Survey is designed to better understand what kinds of supports are helping teachers to implement new state standards. Your feedback will help us better serve you and your organization, and also help the national Teacher Practice Networks community improve upon and extend its work. Please, take a few moments to complete this online survey… Read more »

Family Immersion: Toyota Family Learning at East Side House

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East Side House Settlement in Bronx, NY, kicked off its second year of Toyota Family Learning late September at Mott Haven Public Library. “We had a wonderful experience! There was a full house with 20 families, 4 returning families, and 33 children,” ESH Parent Educator Diana Rodriguez said about the 2014 Family Immersion. She and her team expect… Read more »

60 percent of parents struggle to help with homework, survey reveals

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From the periodic table to algebraic functions, kids nationwide are back to hitting the books, and many are taking their parents along with them. For the second year running, NCFL asked a question few parents want to admit to: Are you ever unable to help your kids with their homework? The annual survey revealed that… Read more »

Families Learning Summit: How to get involved

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Attention! NCFL is looking for education experts, researchers, and successful family literacy practitioners to submit a presentation proposal for the 2015 Families Learning Summit in Houston, Texas, on March 16-18. Below, you’ll also find information on the Literacy Funders Network Call for Proposals and the Toyota Family Learning Showcase. Call for Experts Have you had… Read more »

Let’s Go Krogering!

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Do you have a Kroger shopping card and a few minutes? Enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program and choose NCFL as your preferred charity. Each time you shop for groceries, 4 percent of your purchase will automatically be donated to NCFL and our programs! Pretty cool, right? To link your card to NCFL: Make… Read more »

First-year of Toyota Family Learning yields impressive results


Last year, NCFL set out with the intention to begin building the next-generation model for family literacy with Toyota Family Learning. We awarded five $175,000 three-year grants to a school, library, and community-based organizations spanning the US (and will award five more this year and next). These organizations were chosen based on their robust family-oriented… Read more »

Tips for Parents: Reducing Stress of Sending Children Back to School

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Early bedtimes and even earlier morning alarms signal a new school year, and students around the country are both excited and nervous about what the year will bring. As it turns out, these kids aren’t the only ones tossing and turning in bed with knotted stomachs. We recently conducted a survey asking parents how they… Read more »

Rural Family Learning: Summer School Results

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We reported on the recent successes of an NCFL-led initiative at three sites in Oklahoma’s Ardmore City Schools (ACS) district, which resulted in over 2,000 hours of reading time — roughly 12,000 books read together by families — during the 2013-14 spring term. The success of this initiative proved what we already suspected — interactive… Read more »