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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 »

Families Learning Summit: 11 Reasons Why

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The 2015 Families Learning Summit is 2 months away! Here are 11 reasons you won’t want to miss it: Seven in-depth and keynote presentations that will inspire, announce new opportunities, award, and reward your dedication to families and learning. The lineup of speakers will give us new and better ways to do what we do, and the… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: 14 Houston Public Library families graduate

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On Tuesday, January 13, 2014, the Houston Public Library recognized 14 families who completed Toyota Family Learning at the Carnegie Neighborhood Library and Center for Learning in Houston, Texas. HPL partners, volunteers, friends and families, along with keynote speaker Councilmember Edward Gonzalez, attended the ceremony to celebrate the impact Toyota Family Learning and its hardworking,… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: Lincoln Public Schools’ World Games

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Every Monday since October, mothers participating in Lincoln Public Schools’ Toyota Family Learning have hosted a World Games after-school club for students in grades K-2. Working and learning alongside their own children, these parents of multicultural backgrounds translated the rules from their native languages to English, and then presented their traditional childhood games to students… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: Southwest Solutions’ Holiday Giving

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After discussing the issue of homelessness in Detroit communities, around 15 families from Southwest Solutions’ Toyota Family Learning volunteered to prepare and serve food and hand out homemade scarves at an Elevate Detroit distribution site this past Saturday. The parents and children fixed spaghetti casseroles, macaroni and cheese, and individually bagged sandwiches and fresh fruit… Read more »

Join the Wonder Ground: Wonderopolis

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Looking for ways to bring more Wonder to your classroom? Sign up to be part of the Wonder Ground, a new space in Wonderopolis built especially for educators. Registered Wonder Grounders will have access to blogs, lesson plans, classroom resources, and ways to connect with other educators using Wonder in their work.     The Wonder… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: DIIRI Dishes Up Thanksgiving Dinner

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For their first Family Service Learning project this year, Toyota Family Learning families from the Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) in Providence, R.I., have volunteered to host Thanksgiving dinner for the student-led Brown University Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE) program. Preparing this Thanksgiving feast has been more involved than planning a menu… Read more »

Louisville Trivia & Acronym Bee

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Do you think you know the most about your beloved Derby City? Come find out at our Louisville-themed trivia and acronym competition this Thursday, November 20 from 4-7 p.m. at the Frazier History Museum. Candyce Clifft, morning news anchor of WDRB-TV, will emcee the 2014 Louisville Trivia & Acronym Bee (LTAB). Tickets will be available at the door… Read more »

A Year in Review: 2014 Teacher of the Year

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Reflections from Elizabeth Atack, Nashville Public Library program manager The entire Toyota Family Teacher of the Year process was a whirlwind! In January, I learned that my boss had nominated me for the award and, within a couple of weeks, I was called for a video interview. A couple of days after that, I was… Read more »

Toyota Family Learning: Family Service Learning

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Family service learning is more than a volunteer experience; it’s guided learning that strategically connects participants to parenting curriculum and student learning objectives through service. NCFL’s Toyota Family Learning sites are testing and honing this intergenerational approach to service in communities across the country, and are seeing great results. A family service learning experience is… Read more »