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From Sharon: Congratulations, Springdale!

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Today, NCFL is excited to announce that Springdale, Arkansas, has been awarded one of the 2008 Toyota Family Literacy Program (TFLP) grant awards. Springdale faced very stiff competition! NCFL received proposals from 191 cities across the country for the TFLP award; Springdale was one of only five selected. What makes this award so special is… Read more »

Thinkfinity survey

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How are you using the Thinkfinity Literacy Network? Take our short survey, and you could win one of three $100 gift certificates from BetterWorld.com!The Thinkfinity Literacy Network, managed by NCFL and ProLiteracy, is a rich resource for all things literacy. Your input and feedback is critical to help guide the content and opportunities on the… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – November 14

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Mayor to parents: Read to children From The Boston Globe: Forget Mozart CDs and Baby Einstein videos, Boston’s mayor is urging parents to teach preschool children the old-fashioned way: by talking, reading, and playing with them. The Education Podcast Network The Education Podcast Network is an effort to bring together, in one place, the wide… Read more »

Certificate in Family Literacy from Penn State University

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In partnership with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, NCFL has developed and supported the Certificate in Family Literacy — a series of graduate courses available through Penn State University’s online World Campus. Supporting the evidence that credit-bearing professional development provides that “intensity and duration” proven to be most effective for family literacy… Read more »

Building a family literacy program

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Thanks to Misti Lauer, 2008 Finalist for the Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award, for these words of advice on building a family literacy program. Creating a family literacy program takes plenty of thought and planning; most important is a thorough look at the community needs and current resources available. Collaboration is an… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – November 7

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Grading with Games: An Interview with James Paul Gee This link from Edutopia.org features an interview with Dr. James Paul Gee about video games in the learning process. Dr. Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidental Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University. Want to see him in person? At our 2009 NCFL Conference,… Read more »

Tell us your story: Kay Aguilar

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Thanks to Kay Aguilar for telling us her story.  If you would like to submit your story, we’d love to hear it! If you could accomplish, or see accomplished, one thing to further the cause of family literacy in the next five years, what would it be? If I could accomplish one thing to further… Read more »

Did you miss some Literacy Now posts?

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Last week, the Literacy Now blog experienced some technical difficulties, and those of you who subscribe by e-mail did not receive the posts. The problem is remedied now! Here’s a rundown of last week’s missing posts. Tech teams compete in 6th annual LTAB Guest post – Strategy talk: Comprehension for the start Special edition of… Read more »

Guest post: Grammy-nominated gospel singer Beverly Crawford shares her triumph over illiteracy

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Beverly Crawford, famed Gospel singer, joins NCFL as a family literacy ambassador. Read Beverly’s post to learn why she is personally committed to NCFL and the family literacy cause. The struggle that was most painful in my life was my challenge with reading. While I was able to learn the basic fundamentals to carry me… Read more »

Special edition of LVR: National Family Literacy Day

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Though we are a day early, Happy National Family Literacy Day! Below you will find some ways that NCFL is celebrating, but we would love to hear how you and your family or program are taking part. Just submit a comment on today’s blog post. Enjoy your day! Innovative materials for Hispanic families Parents +… Read more »