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Stronger families, strong communities: personal connections

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Since January, the Education Solutions blog has shared the wisdom of past Toyota Teacher of the Year award winners. The importance of building trust and community has been explored. In conversations, award-winning teachers also emphasized the value of making personal connections with students and their families. Katy Kibbey of Michigan (2008) stated, “Nothing is more… Read more »

Education Solutions: Financial literacy for the family

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Financial literacy. I can hear it now. The song that gets stuck in my head every time I think about this topic. The bass guitar walking through the opening notes and the echo trailing behind it. A smooth voice joining the bass guitar, “Money money money money, money.” The opening riffs to The O’Jays’ song,… Read more »

Education Solutions: Purposeful planning for family engagement

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Pool floats, charcoal, and garden supplies will soon be replaced in store aisles with pencils, notebooks, crayons, and planners. For many educators, the arrival of these items suggests the end of the summer and the beginning of preparations for a new school year. Educators have classrooms to decorate, supplies to buy, and plans to make…. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Education Solutions: Tips to support summer learning for families

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Splash parks. Ice cream. Lightning bugs. For many people, these things mean summer fun. But along with the fun, there are also challenges: mosquitoes, humidity, and sunburn. This is true of summer learning. There are activities and resources for children to gain experiences and build background knowledge. However, there is the risk of “summer slide.”… Read more »

Building stronger families and stronger communities: passion and energy

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Throughout 2018, NCFL’s Education Solutions blog is exploring the effective habits of past Toyota Teachers of the Year.  Many of these award-winning teachers felt that they had to create energy around family engagement in their schools. This energy came from their own passion for working with families. When practitioners fully embrace family learning programming, it… Read more »