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Literacy Voices Roundup – December 5

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Teacher video can help parents boost literacy From The Augusta Chronicle: “Parents needing an example of good reading practices now have a hands-on tool that models real-life lessons. The Aiken County School District released this month a 20-minute video guide, Parents: A Child’s First Teacher, to encourage parents to build literacy skills from birth.” Education… Read more »

Last chance!

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Tomorrow is the last day to submit nominations for the 2009 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award! Visit our website to get your nomination in.

Guest post: 2008 Tech Savvy regional winner Kristine White

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Only 11 days left until applications for the 2009 Tech Savvy awards are due! Here’s a guest post from Kristine White, one of the four regional winners of last year’s award. Visit our website to submit your application. Winning the regional Verizon Tech Savvy Award was an honor for Computers for Families in Santa Barbara…. Read more »

NCFL receives grant from MetLife Foundation

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NCFL is excited to announce a new opportunity to explore, enrich and create partnerships between family literacy efforts and community colleges. The goal of this new project, made possible by MetLife Foundation, is to help provide a smooth transition for students from literacy programs to higher education. We will embark upon a two-year project starting… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – November 28

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How many calories in Thanksgiving dinner? I just couldn’t post this before the Thanksgiving holiday. Take a look at this slide show, which shares the typical calorie count of Thanksgiving dinner. Thanks (well, maybe) to Larry Ferlazzo for the link. Have a great holiday weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thank you for your contributions to family literacy. Whether you are an ESL instructor, a program coordinator, a philanthropist or a parent, you help make the world a more literate place. And in honor of Thanksgiving, here’s a special video from the newest Toyota Family Literacy Program in Springdale, Arkansas. As you’ll see, the best… Read more »

Reminder: Thinkfinity survey (and gift cards!)

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Here’s another opportunity from NCFL to get an extra boost on your early holiday shopping. Complete our short Thinkfinity Literacy Network survey and be entered in the drawing for one of three $100 gift cards! The deadline is Monday, December 1 at 5 PM EST.

Shop ’til you drop AND support NCFL

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Hitting the malls this weekend? Make sure to swing by your local Barnes & Noble! Not only do books make great gifts, but NCFL receives a portion of the sales if you present our voucher at the time of your purchase. Just visit any Barnes & Noble store Saturday or Sunday (November 29 and 30)… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – November 21

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New Program Teaches Preschoolers Reading Skills, Getting Along With Others From the Literacy and Reading News blog, a study funded by the National Institute of Health and other federal agencies shows that it’s possible to teach preschoolers the pre-reading skills they need for later school success, while at the same time fostering the socials skills… Read more »

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 »