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Literacy Voices Roundup – August 29

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International Children’s Digital Library Its mission is “to excite and inspire the world’s children to become members of the global community — children who understand the value of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas — by making the best in children’s literature available online.” A great resource for parents and teachers. Thanks… Read more »

Read green & give back

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During the last week of every month, Resplendence Publishing donates a percentage of sales to a nonprofit, and this month they have chosen NCFL!  And on top of that, you get 15 percent off any e-book purchase when you enter NCFL15 at checkout (hence the “read green”). Just go to ResplendencePublishing.com to save money while… Read more »

What’s new in your program this fall?

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The school year is back in full swing. And here’s your chance to share with other Literacy Now readers what’s in store now that the classrooms are full. Post a comment about new technology you are using, resources you’ve run across this summer or anything you are excited or nervous about for the upcoming year…. Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – August 22

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Word Connect Here’s a Tetris-like game for vocabulary review. Players even get to choose their own category of words. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for the link. Federal grant to boost after-school programs at 17 high schools From the North County Times, administrators at 17 high schools in the San Diego area will turn to teenagers… Read more »

Washington Post: Letter to the editor

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The  article, Companies Take Lead in Assimilation Efforts: Programs Aid Immigrant Workers, ran in The Washington Post on August 9. NCFL knows the importance of educating immigrant families — the Toyota Family Literacy Program (TFLP) was created specifically for this population and has been extremely successful by improving parents’ English skills and helping them encourage… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – August 15

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One more month of school From the Vail Daily in Colorado, Avon Elementary is extending its school year for students who are behind in reading. Tickle your back-to-school funny bone From The Today Show come some back-to-school cartoons. Never too late to learn From The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, marketing effort pushes diverse groups… Read more »

Free parent involvement podcasts

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Here’s a great free resource from NCFL and the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC). We have developed a new podcast series, Parent Involvement: Keys to Success. The podcasts provide resources and information that states, districts and schools can use to involve parents in their children’s learning. Sixteen podcast episodes cover a variety of ideas, research… Read more »

A storybook achievement

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We are so often bombarded with the news of low test scores, struggling readers and children falling behind in the classroom. I was delighted to read the refreshing article, “A storybook achievement,” from the Lexington Herald-Leader about the tremendous success with literacy and reading in Clay County, Kentucky — the fourth-poorest county in the nation…. Read more »

Guest post: Larry Ferlazzo

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You probably recognize Larry’s blog from a few of our Literacy Voices Roundup posts. He writes a great blog full of useful links for teachers. Since it’s that time of year when folks are heading back to the classroom, I asked Larry to write a guest post for us on his favorite sites. You can… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – August 8

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Overcoming Technology Barriers: How to Innovate Without Extra Money or Support From Edutopia.com, get five easy, practical steps toward better digital integration in your classroom. Young writers, illustrators create dual-language books From TheRecord.com, Nika and Salome Salamadze vividly remember coming to Canada two years ago from the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Now their memories… Read more »