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Building stronger families and stronger communities: community

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This blog is the sixth in a series based on the NCFL publication, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities. Communities support people in their professional and personal lives. People benefit from engaging in groups formed through common experiences. Family, friends, and colleagues can unite to form circles that support their members. We are stronger together than separate…. Read more »

Funding alert + partnership request: U.S. ED opens grant competition with family literacy as a priority

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) was successful in advocating to include family literacy as a competitive priority in a new grant competition hosted by the United States Department of Education, creating an advantage for those entities including family literacy as a key part of their overall strategy. The Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC)… Read more »

Summer time, family time!

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Summer time is here! Unofficially starting with Memorial Day and ending with Labor Day, families come together to enjoy the season of vacations, barbecues, and fun. Specifically, Fourth of July is a time in which families gather to celebrate America’s independence with fireworks! What better time to start engaging the family in educational activities than… Read more »

Education Solutions: integrating technology into the English language learner classroom

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Technology is everywhere! We must think about how to support students in using technology wisely. It is important to integrate technology into the English Language Learner classroom, as a support to the curriculum the teacher is using.  Students must have the computer skills to be successful in the workforce. These skills include a basic understanding… Read more »

It’s here! Schedule published for the 2018 Families Learning Conference

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The full schedule of concurrent sessions, general sessions, and special events is available on the 2018 Families Learning Conference website. Check out who’s presenting and what topics will be addressed! This year’s Conference will feature content in six educational strands: Adult Education, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Early Childhood Education, English Learners, Research and Policy, and Two-Generation… Read more »

Free, digital education program designed to combat summer learning loss

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Families can take learning on-the-go this summer with a new app for Camp Wonderopolis®, a free, fun, online education program. For children, the digital camp fuels curiosity and engages their interest in the ‘why’ behind everyday things. Meanwhile, parents can see how the program combats summer learning loss. While Camp Wonderopolis is available online, the… Read more »

Education Solutions: next steps in family engagement

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As the adage goes, there are three good reasons to be a teacher: June, July, and August. The myth is that during the summer, educators sleep late, lounge by the pool, and travel to exotic destinations. The reality is that many educators are hard at work taking university classes, engaging in professional learning, and planning… Read more »

Don’t miss out on early bird pricing for the 2018 Families Learning Conference


Before you head out the door for summer vacation, remember to register for the 2018 Families Learning Conference, held September 24-26 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Register by July 1 and you’ll save $100 off the regular registration fee—that’s a savings of 20%! When you attend the 2018 Families Learning Conference you’ll find: Dynamic content to fit… Read more »

Building stronger families and stronger communities: trust

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This is the 5th blog in a series based on the NCFL publication, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities. Many educators believe that working together and engaging families results in students being more successful. However, it can be difficult to put this belief into practice. It takes work and effort. When past Toyota Family Teacher of the… Read more »

Education Solutions: Tips to support summer learning for families, part 2

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Traditionally, summer has been seen as a carefree time for students. Nostalgic images of children playing in their neighborhoods until their parents call them home at dusk might come to mind. But the result of this easygoing attitude toward summer has often been “summer slide;” many children lose academic ground while they are away from… Read more »