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Literacy tips from Sharon in honor of Mother’s Day

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Yesterday’s Lexington Herald-Leader featured an editorial by NCFL President Sharon Darling in honor of Mother’s Day. Here are a few activities she suggests to help moms give literacy a boost at home. Make reading a family habit. Set aside a special time and place to enjoy stories without interruptions. Take advantage of free resources, such… Read more »

Applications online for new Dollar General Early Literacy initiative

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Calling all early childhood programs! NCFL is now accepting applications to participate in an innovative initiative based on the findings of the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP). Three to five early childhood programs will be selected to receive parent workshops at their sites.  The programs will also receive materials created by NCFL and funded by… Read more »

Culivating Readers now in Spanish!

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To celebrate El Día de los Niños – the holiday on April 30 that recognizes children as the center of the Latino family, NCFL is excited to announce a free new resource for teachers and families! To mark the event (also known as El Día de los Libros), NCFL is unveiling the Spanish version of… Read more »

From Sharon: Nominate a student speaker!

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NCFL needs your ideas and suggestions on student speakers for the 2009 National Conference on Family Literacy! If you attended this year’s conference, you know how fabulous the student speakers were. We’re already busy looking for stories that are just as inspiring as the ones a few weeks ago. Please consider submitting student speaker suggestions…. Read more »

Tell us your story: Part II

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Today is our second post from one of our readers! Here is Darla’s answer to the question, “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?” “Educate all parents about the appropriate interventions and resources available.  You’re never too… Read more »

NCFL meets with the Salvation Army

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Last week, Sharon Darling, Janet Fulton and I had the chance to travel to Atlanta and meet with representatives from the Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army has implemented family literacy programming in two cities, Atlanta and Louisville. During our meeting together, we reviewed the outcomes of our partnership thus far and brainstormed ideas for the… Read more »

Tell us your story: Part I

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NCFL is proud to roll out the first post from one of the attendees at our conference.  Jessica completed the Tell Us Your Story survey last week, and we are excited to share with you her earliest literacy memory.  If you are interested in seeing your own story on the Literacy Now blog, we want… Read more »

NCFL Conference Closes Out With A Bang

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As promised, here’s a few of our Closing Brunch highlights. Thanks to all of you for being part of this year’s event. We hope it was all that you hoped for! (And if you are looking at your calendar, next year’s conference will be February 28 to March 3 in Orlando!) Martha Bozman from GED… Read more »

2008 Verizon Tech-Savvy Winner

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Congratulations to the 2008 Verizon Tech-Savvy Award winner…. The Boston Digital Bridge Foundation’s Technology Goes Home @ School Program at the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School has been selected as the national winner of the Second Annual Verizon Tech Savvy Awards. Through the Technology Goes Home program, Boston public school teachers provide computer and technology… Read more »

NCFL Conference: Day Two Highlights

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The good times just keep rolling! Here are some of the conference highlights from Monday: David Murphy of Better World Books helped open the general session with thoughts about how Better World Books is working to merge commerce and philanthropy in a way that will make the world a better place. One simple way to… Read more »