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Spelling test help, deaf adult ed teacher and Barbara Bush

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Here’s a roundup of notable literacy stories from this week’s news. SpellingCity.com We found this education resource on Larry Ferlazzo’s blog. SpellingCity.com converts spelling words into activities, such as Test, Teach and Play. This is a great website for keeping kids excited about preparing for those weekly spelling tests. Nearly Deaf Professor Teaches English Literacy,… Read more »

Congressional Hispanic Caucus update from Dr. Deborah Hasson

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As the new director of the Hispanic Family Learning Institute (HFLI) and co-director of Toyota programs, I help bring the excitement and results of family literacy programs at the local level and share them with groups that have a way to help grow family literacy across the country. On Monday, NCFL Policy Director Tony Peyton… Read more »

Recap: Power of Moms workshops

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I just got back from Southern California from the Power of Moms workshops. They were sponsored by the McDonald’s Owners and Operators of Southern California. Though NCFL has been working with McDonald’s since fall 2006, the Power of Moms is something brand-new. NCFL and McDonald’s worked with groups such as Mocha Moms and International Moms… Read more »

Gary Knell on C-SPAN radio

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Turn up the radio! The C-SPAN radio show, “Outside the Beltway,” will feature a segment on Gary Knell this Sunday around 10:50.* Gary is president and chief executive officer of Sesame Workshop and spoke at the 2008 National Conference on Family Literacy.  Clips on the show come from Gary’s address at the closing session of… Read more »

New feature: Literacy Voices Roundup

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Today is the premiere of a new feature segment on the NCFL Literacy Now blog. On Fridays, visit our blog to find links to interesting videos, articles, stories and more about literacy. It’s called “Literacy Voices Roundup,” and it’s a survey of what others in the literacy community are talking about. And if you run… Read more »

Tell us your story: A thank you note

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This Tell Us Your Story edition is perfect for the week following Mother’s Day. Mrs RJ submitted this post. Thanks for sharing with us your earliest literacy memory! “My earliest literacy memories are of my bedroom and my Mom. I remember my Mom reading me stories, and she made each trip to the grocery store… Read more »

Literacy tips from Sharon in honor of Mother’s Day

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Yesterday’s Lexington Herald-Leader featured an editorial by NCFL President Sharon Darling in honor of Mother’s Day. Here are a few activities she suggests to help moms give literacy a boost at home. Make reading a family habit. Set aside a special time and place to enjoy stories without interruptions. Take advantage of free resources, such… Read more »

Applications online for new Dollar General Early Literacy initiative

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Calling all early childhood programs! NCFL is now accepting applications to participate in an innovative initiative based on the findings of the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP). Three to five early childhood programs will be selected to receive parent workshops at their sites.  The programs will also receive materials created by NCFL and funded by… Read more »

Culivating Readers now in Spanish!

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To celebrate El Día de los Niños – the holiday on April 30 that recognizes children as the center of the Latino family, NCFL is excited to announce a free new resource for teachers and families! To mark the event (also known as El Día de los Libros), NCFL is unveiling the Spanish version of… Read more »

From Sharon: Nominate a student speaker!

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NCFL needs your ideas and suggestions on student speakers for the 2009 National Conference on Family Literacy! If you attended this year’s conference, you know how fabulous the student speakers were. We’re already busy looking for stories that are just as inspiring as the ones a few weeks ago. Please consider submitting student speaker suggestions…. Read more »