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Happy National Summer Learning Day!

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June 21 marks the official start of summer and the start of a new season of learning for millions of families. Summer is the perfect time to spark student interest in subjects like science, art, and literature through hands-on activities that engage the whole family. In celebration of National Summer Learning Day, explore these 5… Read more »

NCFL wins REVERE Award for Renegade Buggies

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We’re pleased to announce that Renegade Buggies was presented a Beyond the Classroom award at the REVERE Awards Gala held in Washington, D.C., on June 3. The REVERE (REcognizing Valuable Educational REsources) Awards recognize creative resources that engage 21st century teachers and learners. Produced by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group, the… Read more »

Toyota Family Trails unveiled

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We believe your family is the best teacher your child will ever have – and the world around us is the ultimate classroom. Join NCFL as we embark on a new adventure at FamilyTrails.com. Understanding that learning is no longer confined to the textbook or inside school walls, Family Trails is designed to inspire families… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: #HashtagLunchbag

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Fifteen Toyota Family Learning families from the Toberman Neighborhood Center recruited 100 volunteers to help assemble and then distribute lunches to the Los Angeles homeless population on Saturday, May 16. “It takes an army to make a change and we hope this project can be the start of an annual event that will bring our… Read more »

High-energy, well-attended night of family learning exemplifies NCFL, JCPS partnership before USDOE representatives

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“I am not sure there would have been such a crowded room if the invitation had read ‘Come learn the steps for the dialogic reading process,’” writes the U.S. Department of Education in their May 11, 2015 blog post about a recent Family Literacy Night in in Louisville, Ky. that was attended by USDOE’s Dr…. Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: East Side House Safety Walk Brings Together NYPD, Residents

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About 50 Mott Haven moms, dads, and children from the Toyota Family Learning program at East Side House (ESH) Settlement walked their Bronx-neighborhood streets with members of the New York Police Department to point out safety concerns such as inadequate lighting and sanitation issues, and areas where suspected drug and gang-related activities occur. Officers from… Read more »

NCFL to present at Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE)

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We’re ready for a nice, long nap after Families Learning Summit’s jam-packed schedule of learning, eating, and networking… but when we wake, we’ll be putting the final touches on our Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) presentations. If you’re joining the anticipated 1,500 adult educators in Denver this April 21-24, don’t miss these must-see sessions led… Read more »

Changing History: How one high school teacher is taking her message straight to families’ homes

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When high school teacher Kristen Whitaker arrived at work this morning, she knew there was a planned assembly. What she didn’t know is it was really just a ruse, set up to surprise her as 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year for her efforts in engaging students’ families in their children’s education. She was… Read more »

Renegade Buggies: NCFL’s new financial literacy app

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Steer your way to smarter shopping We’re excited to announce the launch of Renegade Buggies, a brand new iOS/Android game with financial literacy curriculum designed to engage families in developing basic budgeting and money management skills. In Renegade Buggies, the mission is simple: ride the back of your buggy (shopping cart) down the street and collect… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: East Palo Alto’s Neighborhood Cleanup

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Noting the sheer amount of litter and pollution in their East Palo Alto community, the Toyota Family Learning participants at East Palo Alto Library decided to host a community cleanup as their inaugural Family Service Learning project. This project was initiated by the parents, who also spent their Parent Time discussing the cause and effects… Read more »