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Education Solutions: Self-care for teachers

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The excitement of back-to-school activities has ended. Students have established routines and are entrenched in the day-to-day work of learning. Educators are trying to keep up with grading, lesson plans, meetings, and parent-teacher conferences. They are working long hours and dealing with stressful situations. People who have spent time in the classroom recognize that educating… Read more »

Stronger families, stronger communities: teamwork

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One-room schoolhouse. That phrase conjures historical images of a schoolmarm tending to children of all ages. Imagine it: one teacher alone with a room full of children. No administrators. No cafeteria staffs. No maintenance crews. Thankfully schools have evolved into thriving communities of support! In conversations with past winners of the Toyota Family Teacher of… Read more »

And that’s a wrap! Highlights from the 2018 Families Learning Conference

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They came from 45 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Colombia. From September 24-26, 2018, over 700 education professionals descended upon Fort Lauderdale for the 2018 Families Learning Conference. The shared goal? Helping families get out of poverty through education solutions. This multi-sector convening brought together educators, social service providers, librarians, policymakers, and funders with… Read more »

New statewide centers to focus on student achievement gap


Across the U.S., there’s a gap between the academic achievement of students living in poverty and those who have never lived in poverty. The latest Nation’s Report Card (2017 National Assessment of Education Progress – NAEP) shows flat trend lines for improvement. Now, the U.S. Department of Education is targeting the achievement gap through a… Read more »

What do we celebrate on October 4?

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How will you spend Thursday, October 4? It is World Pet’s Day, so you might want to snuggle Fido or Fluffy. In honor of Improve Your Office Day, clean up your work area or add some new decor to your classroom. What celebration is complete without food? Eat some tacos to celebrate National Taco Day…. Read more »

Mark your calendars and come celebrate our 30th birthday!

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The 2019 Families Learning Conference is headed to Louisville, Kentucky, where it all began for the National Center for Families Learning! Plan now to join us November 4-6, 2019. The conference will boast inspiring, thought-provoking professional development in family literacy, learning, and engagement, as well as the opportunity to connect with your peers from around… Read more »

Camp Wonderopolis in libraries: Clinton Hill Library part 2

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Clinton Hill library, located in New York, was one of three libraries across the country to be awarded a grant to be a Camp Wonderopolis site. Brian Muldoon, Children’s Librarian, shared the following about their program. Being a Wonderopolis Campsite has allowed Clinton Hill Library to have a particularly robust summer of family programming. Over the past… Read more »

Camp Wonderopolis in libraries:  Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library part 2

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Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, located in Florida, was one of three libraries across the country to be awarded a grant to be a Camp Wonderopolis site. The library staff shared the following about their program. “Music can change the world because it can change people.”  Bono Beats continued to flow and learning continued… Read more »

Guest post: Digging into Family Relationships: What Really Matters?

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What are the most important things families do to ensure that children and youth grow up well? Our brainstorm list would certainly include some basic physical needs (which are also the responsibility of society). But it would be dominated with words like love, cherish, teach, and guide. If you were to boil it down to… Read more »

Ten days out–Here’s what you can expect at the 2018 Families Learning Conference

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It won’t be long now! The 2018 Families Learning Conference is little more than a week away and we’re putting the final touches on the event. Here’s what you can expect this year:   The 2018 Families Learning Conference kicks off with the Opening Session on Monday, Sept. 24, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Sharroky Hollie… Read more »