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Creating family-friendly schools—Seven communication practices

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Communication between schools and families should be a two-way street. Too often parents miss the messages that come from school—whether written or verbal—and teachers miss messages from parents. Sometimes communications get lost, and sometimes they may be put aside because they are not presented in a way that parents can understand. Parents often are frustrated… Read more »

Ten tips for supporting PACT Time® in the classroom

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Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time® supports the strengthening of emotional bonds as parents and children work and play alongside one another. PACT Time in the classroom is an important way for parents to practice the skills and strategies they have learned while participating in Parent Time during family literacy programming. Through participation in classroom… Read more »

Program Spotlight: Using personal experience to help newcomers to the United States

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In this guest post, Ashley Boyd Pierce, adult education ESL program specialist and instructor for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, shares her program’s Family Service Learning project that not only benefits newcomers to her community, but helps program participants gain employability skills: “One of the things I hear often from my friends and students… Read more »

Family Literacy Friday: The exponential impact of what one mother can accomplish through education

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November is National Family Literacy Month®, a time when we celebrate families who are working to better their lives and the tireless efforts of those working in family literacy and family-focused programs. Each Friday in November, we’re sharing an inspirational story of an adult learner who has participated in an NCFL family literacy program. This… Read more »

NCFL and Search Institute partner to strengthen relationships in the lives of youth

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has been selected to partner with Search Institute to co-create and test innovative ways to strengthen the relationships that young people in marginalized communities experience in their schools, programs, and families. NCFL will work closely with Search Institute to examine young people’s experiences of family relationships, focusing on… Read more »

Family Literacy Friday: Setting the example of persistence and determination

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November is National Family Literacy Month®, a time when we celebrate families who are working to better their lives and the tireless efforts of those working in family literacy and family-focused programs. Each Friday in November, we’re sharing an inspirational story of an adult learner who has participated in an NCFL family literacy program. This… Read more »

Four tips for partnering with schools to support your struggling reader

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The following is the first in a series of regular guest posts by leaders in the field of literacy. This guest post is by Sarah Sayko, deputy director of the National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL). If your child is struggling to read, you may wonder, “What can the school do to support my child, and… Read more »

Family Literacy Friday: Empowered mother helps her children succeed

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November is National Family Literacy Month®, a time when we celebrate families who are working to better their lives and the tireless efforts of those working in family literacy and family-focused programs. Each Friday in November, we’re sharing an inspirational story of an adult learner who has participated in an NCFL family literacy program. This… Read more »

Family Literacy Friday: One woman’s journey from learning English to teaching others

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November is National Family Literacy Month®, a time when we celebrate families who are working to better their lives and the tireless efforts of those working in family literacy and family-focused programs. Each Friday in November, we’re sharing an inspirational story of an adult learner who has participated in an NCFL family literacy program. This… Read more »

Celebrate families learning together this November

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Families and the staff who serve them work hard all year to help parents and children earn the skills necessary to prosper. It’s time to celebrate your accomplishments! The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and our partners in the field recognize that two-generation family literacy programming is a powerful approach to help parents and… Read more »