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NCFL to present at Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE)

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We’re ready for a nice, long nap after Families Learning Summit’s jam-packed schedule of learning, eating, and networking… but when we wake, we’ll be putting the final touches on our Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) presentations. If you’re joining the anticipated 1,500 adult educators in Denver this April 21-24, don’t miss these must-see sessions led… Read more »

Changing History: How one high school teacher is taking her message straight to families’ homes

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When high school teacher Kristen Whitaker arrived at work this morning, she knew there was a planned assembly. What she didn’t know is it was really just a ruse, set up to surprise her as 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year for her efforts in engaging students’ families in their children’s education. She was… Read more »

Renegade Buggies: NCFL’s new financial literacy app

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Steer your way to smarter shopping We’re excited to announce the launch of Renegade Buggies, a brand new iOS/Android game with financial literacy curriculum designed to engage families in developing basic budgeting and money management skills. In Renegade Buggies, the mission is simple: ride the back of your buggy (shopping cart) down the street and collect… Read more »

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, 2015, 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 »