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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 »

Reader submission: Tell us your story

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If you could accomplish, or see accomplished, one thing to further the cause of family literacy in the next five years, what would it be? I have an idea that I think will help those children and families in urgent need of literacy skills. I had been a teacher for many years in New York… Read more »

KarmaTube, summer slide and ‘The Electric Company’

| No Comments This website describes itself as “… a collection of short, ‘do something’ videos coupled with simple actions that every viewer can take. Our mission is to spread the good.” Instead of just highlighting one video, we included this link so you can to see the positive changes people are making across the world. Use… Read more »

Free summer fun at

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Looking for more fun ideas for the summer? Whether you are a parent or an educator, offers free educational resources to keep kids and families learning while having a good time. Check out Summer Fun Activities for math, reading, science games and activities. Or check out the Literacy Activity Calendar for parents. Each activity… Read more »

FACE Parent Essay Winner #6

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Today is the final installment of our FACE Parent Essay winners.  We hope you’ve enjoyed reading them and learning more about the participants and how FACE touches so many lives! Crystal Teller T’iis Ts’ozi Bi’Olta (Crownpoint) FACE Program … Parent Time has so much to offer, such as skills on what a parent could do… Read more »

It’s not too late!

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Don’t forget to register for NCFL’s August trainings! All trainings include materials, continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments. Foundations in Family Literacy (August 5 to 6) All Your Parents = AYP (August 5) Literacy Everywhere, All of the Time: An Introduction to National Early Literacy Panel Findings (August 5) Preschool Parent Workshops to Go (August 6)… Read more »

Literacy Voices Roundup – July 4

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Have a great holiday! The Role of Schools in the English Language Learner Achievement Gap This PDF is a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center. Will Audio Books Help to Solve the Literacy Problems in Education? Read the article and post your comments on Harriet’s Blog to add your input.

Our friends from Better World Books!

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NCFL’s own Emily Kirkpatrick met up with some friends from Better World Books at the 2008 ALA Conference. We are pleased to work with libraries across the country to support literacy!

Enjoy Golf and Support NCFL!

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NCFL has received two tickets from the 2008 Ryder Cup Charitable Ticket Program, and you can bid on them right now on eBay! The winning bidder will receive two Season Tickets to the 2008 Ryder Cup right here in Louisville, September 16 to 21, 2008. Each Season Ticket will allow access to the grounds all… Read more »