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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 »

“Literacy is the touchstone”

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“Back to basics at school” from The Indianapolis Star – Center Grove tweaks school curriculum to put even more emphasis on literacy as part of most subjects. “We really believe literacy is the touchstone for everything that follows in their lives,” said Lisa Plank, West Grove Elementary principal. What is your school doing to improve… Read more »

Guest post!

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Jordan just completed a 10-week internship at NCFL. She came to NCFL from Yale University, but she’s from Lexington, KY (and the first one in her family to go to college!). We were so glad to have her and wish her the best in her classes this fall! When I was perusing the options I… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – August 1

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30 Days — Life on an Indian Reservation This is an episode from the series 30 Days, hosted by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me).  This time he lives with a family on the Navajo Nation.  According to Sharyl Emberton, who has worked at NCFL on the FACE program for 15 years, the story very accurately depicts… Read more »

Guest post!

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As a human resources professional, I know how important literacy skills are in today’s workplace. That’s why I was so excited to see that I could support NCFL while attending the Society of Human Resources Management Conference (a mouthful, I know!). At the conference, Monster.com (a conference sponsor) gave us certificates in various sums to… Read more »

Toddler literacy, superheroes teaching reading and the “gender gap”

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There’s a lot going on the literacy realm this week.  Hope you enjoy this edition of Literacy Voices Roundup. Authors unite against drive for toddler literacy “A powerful lobby of leading authors and educationists accuse the [British] Government today of setting children up for failure.  In a letter to The Times, they say that ambitious… Read more »

And the winners are…

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As part of the Dollar General Early Literacy Initiative, early childhood programs were invited to apply to receive parent materials and have early literacy parent workshops delivered at their program sites by NCFL’s early childhood trainers. We received more than 85 applications from 32 states! Congratulations to the selected programs: Community Action Southwest Pre-K Program… Read more »