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NCFL celebrates Digital Learning Day

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Feb. 6 is Digital Learning Day (DLD), and the National Center for Family Literacy is a core partner with the Alliance for Excellent Education in celebrating successful instructional technology practice in classrooms across the country. Yearlong activities across the United States will culminate in a celebration on Feb. 6 in Washington, D.C.  You can join… Read more »

Reading by Third Grade: Thinking Beyond Retention

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Robert E. Slavin, director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, wrote a column for The Huffington Post on the importance of using appropriate, proven intervention strategies to help students read at grade level by the third grade. We couldn’t agree more with the statement: “If schools use the reading-by-third-grade… Read more »

There’s still time to apply for the Toyota Teacher of the Year award

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Do you know an educator making an impact on the lives of learners through family engagement? Maybe he’s the teacher working with English language learners at your community center. Or she’s the children’s librarian at your library branch. There are many unsung heroes in literacy and education programs in towns across the United States, and… Read more »

Family Literacy Certificate Course begins January 9th, enroll today!

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The Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State University and NCFL are pleased to announce the offering of the Family Literacy Certificate course, ADTED 456: Introduction to Family Literacy, during spring semester 2013. This online course, offered through Penn State’s World Campus, will begin on January 9, 2013 and end on April 10,… Read more »

Pioneering Literacy

New Campaign for Grade-Level Reading report seeks to help parents and teachers utilize technology in the digital age

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Pioneering Literacy in the Digital Wild West: Empowering Parents and Educators, a new report from The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, is a must read for educators and community leaders. It examines the role technology can play in improving children’s reading proficiency, how technology can support parents and educators, what matters most for early literacy innovation…

Reading Is A Family Affair

By Sydette Watlington

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Sydette Watlington is the mother of first grader Syerra Watlington who attends Brooks Global Studies in Guilford County Schools. She believes reading as a family is crucial to the long-term success of our children. She is an ardent supporter of Guilford County Schools’ 3 Million Books Challenge and reads with Syerra to promote lifelong learning….

National Family Literacy Month®

Setting an example for ourselves and the world

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NCFL shares a common vision with our partner, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy — making families strong through literacy. Here are some thoughts from Mrs. Barbara Bush as we celebrate National Family Literacy Month®: Americans reacted with shock and sadness when they learned of the Taliban’s attempted assassination of young Malala Yousafzai, a…

NCFL celebrates National Family Literacy Day®

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“Education is much more than schooling. It is the whole range of activities by which families and communities transmit to a younger generation, not just knowledge and skills, but ethical and behavioral norms and traditions…” “Because parents are a child’s first teachers, we support family literacy programs.” “We also recognize there is no substitute for… Read more »

National Family Literacy Day 2012


Education advocates around the nation celebrate National Family Literacy Day® and National Family Literacy Month® by organizing and conducting literacy events that promote family literacy and learning. The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) leads these efforts by providing special programming, award opportunities, and materials to build awareness and engage families in celebration of the… Read more »

Acclaimed Author and NCFL Advisory Board Member Monica Holloway’s October Speaking Tour to Benefit NCFL

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Best-selling memoir author and NCFL Advisory Board member, Monica Holloway, will spend the month of October speaking at various venues about ‘overcoming adversity with grace’ and ‘letting shame go’.  Monica’s work is meaningful, humorous and deeply touching and includes her memoir, Driving with Dead People (Simon Spotlight Entertainment), Cowboy & Wills (Simon & Schuster) and… Read more »