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“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 »

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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 »

A night of storytelling fun at Mini-Versity

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Last Thursday evening, more than 30 families came to Louisville’s Mini-Versity to learn more about supporting their children’s literacy through storytelling. Storytelling is an easy way to support vocabulary development for young children. Despite the 95 degree weather, the families were all excited. Parents and children participated in a storytelling/story reading workshop where they told… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – July 18

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Fewer Students Read Between Lines A few weeks ago, we posted about the release of the Reach Higher, America report that highlights the growing shortage of an educated, skilled workforce. This article from the The Tampa Tribune gives us a first-hand account of the problem in Florida. Thanks to Terry at The Reading Tub for… Read more »

From Sharon: The importance of parental involvement

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Parental involvement pays off. And in a study by Karen Smith Conway and Andrew Houtenville, that involvement adds up to about $1,000 per student. Their report, “Parental Effort, School Resources, and Student Achievement,” was published last month in the Journal of Human Resources. The researchers found that schools would need to increase per-pupil spending more… Read more »

A minute can make a difference!

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Have a couple extra minutes here and there? That can make a difference in your child’s literacy skills. Here are some easy learning activities you can do together as a family. Take a minute and make a difference! Choose a letter of the day. Look for it in any printed materials you see (newspaper, labels… Read more »