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Guest post – Strategy talk: Comprehension for the start

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Today we are pleased to feature a guest post from Angela Maiers! She has a 20-year career in education and is currently working as an independent consultant for literacy and literacy education. Make sure to check out her blog. Thanks for contributing to Literacy Now, Angela! To be a reader, you must know what the… Read more »

Tech teams compete in 6th annual LTAB

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Are you as lost as we are? Well, tech teams that hailed from all around Louisville weren’t. They all excelled at this year’s Louisville Technology Acronym Bee (LTAB), a fundraising event presented by Republic Bank that benefited NCFL. Corporate IT teams competed in the spelling bee-like competition to see who knew the most technology acronyms…. Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – October 24

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Literacy for families: Program lets parents, children learn together From the St. Cloud Times, enjoy this story from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, about families who found success together through family literacy. And to all family literacy practitioners out there across the country, keep up the great work! With education budgets getting squeezed more than ever,… Read more »

Sharon from the LITCAM

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Last week I represented the United States at the Frankfurt Book Fair Literacy Campaign Conference (LITCAM) in Frankfurt, Germany. Though the name of the conference is quite a mouthful, I had such a wonderful time! The purpose of the conference was to draw attention to the need to improve literacy around the world; it also… Read more »

Search to support NCFL

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Want an easy way to support family literacy and NCFL? Do all your internet searches on! NCFL receives a penny every time you do a search. Just visit, enter National Center for Family Literacy as your featured charity — and start searching! Use every day, but be sure to check us out… Read more »

Guest post: Carol Gabler on health literacy

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We know that there are many facets to family literacy, and one of those is health literacy. But what exactly is health literacy? It’s the ability to understand information about your health so you can make wise healthcare decisions. Carol Gabler of Wisconsin Literacy is a longtime advocate for family literacy. In this special guest… Read more »

Deborah Hasson goes to Washington

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Greetings from our nation’s capital! On Monday, I had the privilege of participating as a panelist in one of two Education Summits convened at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute‘s 2008 Public Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Chaired by the Honorable Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15), our session on parent involvement echoed the conference theme of “The Power… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – September 5

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Model Literacy Program From the Contra Costa Times, Pittsburg has embarked on a new literacy program based on this idea: “To encourage reading and improved literacy among children and adults in convenient locations around the city.” Way to go, Pittsburg! Starfall is primarily designed for first grade, but it is also useful for pre-kindergarten,… Read more »

Toyota Teacher of the Year applications now available

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Calling all family literacy teachers! It’s that time of year again. This year marks the 13th annual Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year award. This year’s winner will receive $7,500 for his or her family literacy program, as well as a free trip to the 2009 National Conference on Family Literacy in Orlando, Florida…. Read more »

A special thanks to Republic Bank

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NCFL would like to express our sincere thanks and excitement that Republic Bank has stepped up to the role of title sponsor of the 2008 Louisville Technology Acronym Bee (LTAB)! The LTAB is our exclusive annual fundraising event held NCFL’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Since its inception six years ago, this competition/event has raised over… Read more »