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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 »

Family Service Learning: More than Volunteering

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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 »

Family Service Learning: #ToyotaFamilyLearning

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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 »

Families Learning Summit: Student Speaker Nominations

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NCFL is looking for family literacy program students to share their stories and insights at our annual Families Learning Summit in Houston, Texas. We are particularly interested in students who have developed strategies for supporting their children’s academic development, have begun to accomplish some of their employment or vocational goals, and/or have developed supportive strategies… Read more »

Download your copy of 30 Days of Families Learning Together

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Today is Saturday, November 1, which means it’s National Family Literacy Day®, the kick-off to National Family Literacy Month. To celebrate and support the occasion, NCFL created “30 Days of Families Learning Together,” a month’s worth of family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in learning, imagining, and playing. These hands-on and wonder-filled activities were… Read more »

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 »