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NCFL partner Better World Books featured on national TV tomorrow

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NCFL partner Better World Books will be featured on national television tomorrow during the Notre Dame-Stanford football game. The game kicks off at 3:40 PM EDT on NBC, so the spot should run between 5 and 6 PM EDT. During halftime of each Notre Dame home game, NBC runs a two-minute feature for the university… Read more »

NCFL recognizes its hometown Congressman

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Rounding out the 2010 Adult Literacy and Family Literacy Week, NCFL applauds its hometown representative, U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth upon his Literacy Leadership Award from the National Coalition on Literacy. Awarded by NCFL’s president and founder Sharon Darling on Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C., this honor recognizes Yarmuth as a tireless advocate for literacy since his election… Read more »

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week: Celebrate with these success stories

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Adult Education and Family Literacy Week may be drawing to a close, but it’s important to keep the conversation going! Family literacy programs impact people’s lives every single day all over the country. Most of these programs couldn’t survive without the help of volunteers and funders, and they rely on community awareness of their programs… Read more »

Recognize libraries’ contribution to family literacy

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While celebrating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week — September 13 through 19 — it’s important to recognize the role that libraries can play with family literacy. Libraries across the country have been integral to driving family literacy – supporting families via numerous literacy programs and working to instill a love of reading and… Read more »

National Center for Family Literacy announces board appointments

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NCFL is excited to welcome two new additions to our board of directors — Jacquelyn Jackson and Jason Falls. Jackson is the former director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, which include Title I, Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program, the Even Start Family Literacy Programs, the Early… Read more »

Verizon Thinkfinity launches back-to-school feature to assist teachers, excite students

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Just in time for the new school year, Verizon Thinkfinity has launched a back-to-school feature highlighting engaging educational resources to help teachers get students excited about their return to the classroom. From resources using football to teach geometry, to lesson plans on the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to a podcast that highlights what a crew… Read more »

Welcome to the new NCFL website!


We’ve done some redecorating, and we want to know what you think! Take some time to explore the new look of the NCFL website. We’ve made it easier for you to find free resources and information on training sessions. So, explore our new site, and then please leave us some feedback in the comments section… Read more »

BWB nominated for BusinessWeek Social Enterprise Award

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Since 2005, Better World Books has been a committed partner in our mission to build a more literate nation on so many levels; they have dedicated their funding, time, talent and energy to family literacy. Recently, Better World Books was nominated for the BusinessWeek Social Enterprise Award. This prestigious award recognizes U.S. companies that are… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup: Special Conference Edition

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We just wrapped up NCFL’s 18th annual National Conference on Family Literacy. We hope you had a great time at Conference this year! Check out these highlights from the general sessions, and please post a comment letting us know your favorite part of Conference. Enjoy! NCFL’s president and founder Sharon Darling kicked off the conference… Read more »

Thoughts about the NELP report from Laura Westberg

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I am pleased that the report of the National Early Literacy Panel, Developing Early Literacy, has finally been released! Integrating early literacy skills such as phonological awareness, oral language, alphabet knowledge, early writing and print awareness meaningfully into the daily schedule and preschool environment will create opportunities for young children to build a strong foundation… Read more »