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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 »

Employability skills: Success for the workplace and beyond

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Soft Skills. Growth Mindset. Employability Skills. There are several different names for them, but regardless of what they are called, these skills are frequently associated with success: success in the classroom; success in the workplace; success in life. As practitioners, these are the skills that we want students, adult learners, caregivers, and even colleagues to… Read more »

Putting the family at the forefront of everything we do

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In a February post, we shared effective habits of Toyota Family Teachers of the Year that are detailed in our recent book, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities. This month we explore the first of those habits—putting families at the forefront of everything we do in the classroom. In this post, we’ll consider specific recommendations for looking at family as the… Read more »

Tips for reading to children—even if they can’t read yet

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A child’s success as a reader begins much earlier than the first day of school. Although teaching someone to read seems like a daunting challenge (including what to read or how to read to your child) don’t let that stop you from making reading fun and fundamental! Below are some habits you or any family member… Read more »

This National Reading Month, encourage parents to read aloud to children of all ages

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As the calendar turns to March, there is much anticipation! Days are getting longer and warmer as spring nears. And at elementary schools across the United States, students and teachers will eat green eggs and ham, wear striped stovepipe hats, and make gooey green oobleck. March 2 is National Education Association’s Read Across America Day, and many… Read more »

10 practices to build stronger families, stronger communities

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In a previous Education Solutions blog post, we shared pearls of wisdom from teachers who had been selected as a Toyota Family Teacher of the Year. Over the past 20 years, professionals from across the nation were chosen for this honor because of their firm commitment to families. The hard work, effort, dedication, and determination… Read more »

NCFL webinars to explore Family Service Learning, SNAP E&T, and WIOA career pathways

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is providing FREE virtual learning opportunities, and you’re invited to attend. Going Deeper with Family Service Learning | Friday, February 16 at 2pm EST Registration link: Service-learning strategies have been widely used to enhance learning experiences of youth and young adults. Participation in these strategies often results in… Read more »

First book in curriculum series for American Indian preschool children released


The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is proud to announce the release of the first book in a new curriculum series for teachers who work with American Indian preschool children. CIRCLES: A Culturally Appropriate Curriculum for American Indian Preschool Children® is grounded in evidence-based practices and principles with a strong focus toward Native culture… Read more »

Building stronger families and stronger communities: insights from Family Teachers of the Year

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As a teacher working with children and parents, have you ever wished you could sit down with master teachers who came before you and ask them about their best practices? How would those conversations make a difference in your own teaching practice? Have you ever wondered how they keep their motivation high, year after year?… Read more »