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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 »

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.