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From Sharon: National Early Literacy Panel report

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Happy New Year! This time of year always offers a nice opportunity to restart our efforts and address infamous resolutions. I’m particularly excited about this new year, however, because it brings the release of the much-anticipated National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) report. This report, Developing Early Literacy, identifies for the first time the discrete skills… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – December 19

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I am taking a brief hiatus from Literacy Voices Roundup until Friday, January 9. Have a wonderful holiday season, hopefully filled with reading! A Holiday Reading Tradition For The Whole Family From NPR.org: “In the dark days after Thanksgiving, before the holiday season is in full swing, Sally Kern drags out a big box filled… Read more »

High Tech High

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High Tech High‘s mission is to “develop and support innovative public schools where all students develop the academic, workplace and citizenship skills for postsecondary success.” Here’s a little more about the school, but watch the Edutopia.org video, Transformed by Technology: High Tech High Overview, for a great look at what the school is doing right…. Read more »

NCFL is on Twitter

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To stay up-to-date between e-mails and blog posts, follow NCFL on Twitter! Our screen name is NCFLiteracy. New to Twitter? Watch this great video from Common Craft, Twitter in Plain English.

Snapshot: Blue Santa Parade and TFLP

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Greetings, all! I want to share a great event in which the San Antonio Toyota Family Literacy Program (TFLP) was involved. The Blue Santa Parade and Community Event is held annually by the San Antonio police and about 35 community organizations, TFLP included. Blue Santa arrived by helicopter at the Miller’s Pond Community Center to… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – December 12

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The “C’s of Change”: Students — and Teachers — Learn 21st Century Skills This PDF from the National Council of Teachers of English discusses the role technology plays in teaching and learning: “The skills today’s students need ‘are often referred to as “the C’s of change,”‘ says Donald Leu, co-director of the New Literacies Research… Read more »

Snapshot: National Family Literacy Day

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Organizations across the country celebrated National Family Literacy Day in a variety of ways. Check out some of the events below! Did your program or organization celebrate NFLD? If so, let us know how you celebrated! Dallas, Texas NCFL partnered with Educational First Steps (EFS) in Dallas for the 2nd Annual Literacy Day at the… Read more »

Deadline for Tech Savvy applications is Friday

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Reminder: Applications for the 2009 Verizon Tech Savvy Awards are due this Friday, December 12. Visit our website to submit your application. Good luck! For some inspiration, check out this video from last year’s Tech Savvy winner — the Boston Digital Bridge Foundation’s Technology Goes Home Program at the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School. Through… Read more »

Family literacy in the news

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Check out this article in USA Today from December 2. John Corcoran calls for schools and communities to expand family literacy programs. Do you know a leading champion for family literacy? Be sure to let us know so that we can honor them on in this blog!

Parents, kids, and reading & the new administration

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There could be good news about families and literacy in the new administration. NCFL was encouraged by yesterday’s statement by President-elect Barack Obama on Meet the Press. Answering anchor Tom Brokaw’s question about cultural activities in the White House, Obama responded, “… ultimately, we want to talk about parents reading to their kids.” NCFL applauds… Read more »