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  • South Starz Academy works on improving literacy in Junction - Jamaica Gleaner (subscription)

    LITERACY NEWS - Google News
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:04 pm
    South Starz Academy works on improving literacy in JunctionJamaica Gleaner (subscription)Seeing the need for improved literacy among the residents in her community, Michelle Stephenson, along with her friend, Anthony Howell, decided to start South Starz Academy with the aim of improving the literacy level of children in Junction, St Elizabeth.
  • Open University's Policy on Ethical use of Student Data for #LearningAnalytics

    Information Literacy Weblog
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Interesting to see that the Open University has produced a few documents outlining its policy on ethical use of data that it collects about students' learning (e.g. all the information on which students has used what in a virtual learning environment or MOOC, student comments in discussion fora). They have a policy document, Policy on Ethical use of Student Data for Learning Analytics, an FAQ and a document aimed at the students' themselves, Using information to support student learning. This looks like a good development that others should follow.
  • Celebrating Poetry Month

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Horn Book Interviews Poet Nikki GrimesIn honor of Poetry Month, the Horn Book's Robin Smith recently interviewed acclaimed poet for young people Nikki Grimes. Here is an excerpt:QUESTION: As you travel and engage with children, how do you inspire in them an interest in reading and writing poetry?ANSWER: That interest is already in them. Poetry is a huge part of their childhood, from the ABC song to jump-rope rhymes to “Ring Around the Rosie.” Stoking that interest only requires sharing poems with them to which they can relate. One whiff of poetry about the stuff of their own…
  • Round Robin by Any Other Name... Oral Reading for Older Readers

    Shanahan on Literacy
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I am seeking your advice based on the email correspondence below that I have had with my principal.  She noted that I was practicing “round robin reading” on a classroom observation.  Upon asking her to remove it (since it was not what I was doing), I realized that she doesn’t entirely understand what that practice looks like.  I gather from her response that she is only interested in the teacher modeling expert reading and students not reading aloud in the classroom at all.  I personally believe that there is a place in the classroom for students to read…
  • Parents Value Printed Books

    First Book Blog
    Samantha McGinnis
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that 9 out of 10 parents of children under 18 say it’s important to them that their children read printed books. The parents in the study value the sensory experience books give to children — the turning of the pages, the cover images, the rich colors of the illustrations and ink. They also believe that reading printed books helps them to model reading habits for their children. One parent who participated in the study thought this to be particularly true in our digital culture. “I’m reading…a book [on a tablet] and…
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    LITERACY NEWS - Google News

  • South Starz Academy works on improving literacy in Junction - Jamaica Gleaner (subscription)

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:04 pm
    South Starz Academy works on improving literacy in JunctionJamaica Gleaner (subscription)Seeing the need for improved literacy among the residents in her community, Michelle Stephenson, along with her friend, Anthony Howell, decided to start South Starz Academy with the aim of improving the literacy level of children in Junction, St Elizabeth.
  • Improving financial literacy essential - Tallahassee.com

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Tallahassee.comImproving financial literacy essentialTallahassee.comMany are still digging their way out of the consequences of a recession that limit their ability to purchase a car, start a small business or realize the dream of home ownership. Yet, there are factors that we can control. As we celebrate Financial Ellsworth: Teaching children is an important part of Financial Literacy MonthAuburn CitizenFinancial Literacy Begins with BasicsSunshine State NewsTeaching financial literacy provides key to economic empowermentNewbritainheraldPR Newswire (press release) -Logan Daily…
  • PAGE TURNERS: Girl Scouts' project promotes literacy - Durham Herald Sun

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Durham Herald SunPAGE TURNERS: Girl Scouts' project promotes literacyDurham Herald SunArmed with giant scissors, Girl Scout Troop 3064 cut the ribbons on four new additions to the community last week, marking the culmination of a nearly two-year project. The troop planned, built and installed Little Free Libraries, a wooden home for City gets second Little Free LibraryDodge City Daily Globeall 4 news articles »
  • Coming up: Understanding financial literacy - FederalNewsRadio.com

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Coming up: Understanding financial literacyFederalNewsRadio.comApril 27, 2015 -- This week on "For Your Benefit", join host Bob Leins as he welcomes Ray Kirk, federal benefits specialist with NITP, and the former manager of Benefit Officer's Training and Development in Retirement Services for the U.S. Office of
  • Family event used to promote literacy - The Daily News

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The Daily NewsFamily event used to promote literacyThe Daily NewsAt the Disney-themed literacy event held at Central Elementary Thursday, young children and their families learned of the importance of reading. Above, student Emily Hagelstrom played one of the many games set up in the Central Elementary gym Thursday ...
 
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Open University's Policy on Ethical use of Student Data for #LearningAnalytics

    24 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Interesting to see that the Open University has produced a few documents outlining its policy on ethical use of data that it collects about students' learning (e.g. all the information on which students has used what in a virtual learning environment or MOOC, student comments in discussion fora). They have a policy document, Policy on Ethical use of Student Data for Learning Analytics, an FAQ and a document aimed at the students' themselves, Using information to support student learning. This looks like a good development that others should follow.
  • World Book and Copyright Day 2015 #WBCD2015

    23 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Today is World Book and Copyright Day 2015 - for more information and ideas go to http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/world-book-and-copyright-day-2015/
  • #UNESCO seeks volunteers to support a #MIL MOOC

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    UNESCO is looking for 15-20 volunteers to be (unpaid I think) tutors on the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in media and information literacy (MIL) which it offers in partnership with Athabasca University and the UNESCO-UNAOC University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue. The course is aimed at young people aged 15-25. The course runs for 2 months and tutors are expected to devote about 2 hours a week to giving feedback on students' journals, questions and assignments. "The course is designed to enable youth to: Understand why media and other information…
  • Second Life infolit journal club: 22 April

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Join us in the virtual world Second Life for a one-hour discussion of an open-access article. Marshall Dozier, Edinburgh University (Pancha Enzyme in Second Life) leads a discussion on:Eckerdal, J.R. (2011). "To jointly negotiate a personal decision: a qualitative study on information literacy practices in midwifery counselling about contraceptives at youth centres in Southern Sweden" Information Research, 16(1) paper 466. http://InformationR.net/ir/16-1/paper466.htmlWhen: April 22nd at noon SL time (which is 8pm UK time, see http://tinyurl.com/mgekh5g for times elsewhere)Where: Infolit…
  • The Future Scholar: Researching & Teaching the Frameworks for Writing & Information Literacy

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    There is a call for papers for a book: The Future Scholar: Researching & Teaching the Frameworks for Writing & Information Literacy. The two frameworks in question (both North American) are the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (http://acrl.ala.org/ilstandards/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Framework-for-IL-for-HE-draft-3.pdf) from the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing (http://wpacouncil.org/files/framework-for-success-postsecondary-writing.pdf), produced by the Council of Writing Program…
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • Celebrating Poetry Month

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Horn Book Interviews Poet Nikki GrimesIn honor of Poetry Month, the Horn Book's Robin Smith recently interviewed acclaimed poet for young people Nikki Grimes. Here is an excerpt:QUESTION: As you travel and engage with children, how do you inspire in them an interest in reading and writing poetry?ANSWER: That interest is already in them. Poetry is a huge part of their childhood, from the ABC song to jump-rope rhymes to “Ring Around the Rosie.” Stoking that interest only requires sharing poems with them to which they can relate. One whiff of poetry about the stuff of their own…
  • Looking for Quality Books for the Kids in Your Life?

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Check out the Bank Street College Center for Children's Literature BEST OF THE BEST List of Books Published for Kids 0-18 in 2014!The Bank Street College Center for Children's Literature recently published The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2015 Edition, which includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2014. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include…
  • An Easy and FREE Way to Help the NCBLA

    9 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Register the NCBLA as Your AmazonSmile Charity andHelp Us Raise Funds to Continue Our Mission    AmazonSmile, the charitable foundation of Amazon.com, provides an easy way to support charities like the NCBLA each time you shop online. All you need to do is register the NCBLA as your AmazonSmile charity recipient, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases directly to the NCBLA at no extra cost!To register, just visit smile.amazon.com and select National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance Inc as your charity of choice. Once you have registered, the NCBLA will…
  • February Is Presidents Month!

    2 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Get Kids Excited About Presidential History Using the Award-Winning Anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking OutExciting stories, informative essays, humorous poetry, and extraordinary art can help kids engage in the past and make connections with our present and future. A perfect resource for learning more about American and presidential history that provides all of this and MORE is the NCBLA's award-winning anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.With Our White House, kids can learn about the building of the White House--and why it once burned. They can engage with intimate…
  • State of the Union Address Tonight

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Helping Young People Connect with Contemporary EventsTonight President Obama will make his state of the union address to Congress. Will he find refuge in the White House movie theater sometime beforehand to practice his delivery of tonight's speech, just as his predecessor President George W. Bush liked to do? What policies and legislative goals will the president be promoting tonight? Is the state of the union address important? Need we watch?In his 1949 state of the union address, President Harry S Truman proposed his program of social and economic reform, asserting that “Every segment of…
 
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • Round Robin by Any Other Name... Oral Reading for Older Readers

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I am seeking your advice based on the email correspondence below that I have had with my principal.  She noted that I was practicing “round robin reading” on a classroom observation.  Upon asking her to remove it (since it was not what I was doing), I realized that she doesn’t entirely understand what that practice looks like.  I gather from her response that she is only interested in the teacher modeling expert reading and students not reading aloud in the classroom at all.  I personally believe that there is a place in the classroom for students to read…
  • Is rhyming ability in important in reading?

    15 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    Our district is wrestling with how much emphasis to give rhyming as an early literacy skill. We had previously downplayed rhyming as a necessary focus but the new CA ELA/ELD Framework and CCSS where rhyming is specifically called out has resurfaced old questions.  Our struggle is this.... with our very high (87%) English Learner population, rhyming is one of the later skills acquired for these students in Preschool through grade 1.  Reading research seems to support the idea of rhyming as a pre-requisite to reading; exposure to this kind of play with words and "word families"…
  • Early Childhood Literacy

    10 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    The Connecticut Council for School Reform asked me to speak in Hartford, on April 9, 2015. My presentation reviewed and responded to some of the complaints or concerns about teaching young children to read, and considered several issues in expanding preschool literacy opportunities. My presentation was based largely on the Report of the National Early Literacy Panel and a handful of other individual studies that I wanted to highlight. Here is the powerpoint:Powerpoint on Preschool Literacy Instruction
  • Response to Complaint about What Works Clearinghouse

    5 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    I have recently encountered some severe criticism leveled at reviews and reviewers from What Works Clearinghous  (see http://www.nifdi.org/research/reviews-of-di/what-works-clearinghouse). I am concerned about recommending this site to teachers as a resource for program evaluations. I'm wondering if you agree with the criticisms, and if yes, where you would recommend teachers go for evidence-based program reviews. I know that NELP and NRP reports are possibilities but are also static documents that do not get updated frequently with new findings, so some of the information really isn't…
  • Middle School Interventions

    29 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    We are a K-12 district and are revamping our grade 6 through grade 8 instructional supports, which include a 40 minute additional session of reading and/or math instruction  anywhere from 3 to 5 days a week. This extra instruction is provided to any student below the 50th percentile on the MAP assessments ---roughly 2/3 of our student population in our 5 middle schools.  Where we are struggling is in determining whether this additional instructional time  (taught during later periods in the day  by different teachers from the core instruction)…
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  • Parents Value Printed Books

    Samantha McGinnis
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:40 pm
    A recent study by the Pew Research Center shows that 9 out of 10 parents of children under 18 say it’s important to them that their children read printed books. The parents in the study value the sensory experience books give to children — the turning of the pages, the cover images, the rich colors of the illustrations and ink. They also believe that reading printed books helps them to model reading habits for their children. One parent who participated in the study thought this to be particularly true in our digital culture. “I’m reading…a book [on a tablet] and…
  • Books to Forge Friendships

    Samantha McGinnis
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    There’s very little for kids to do in the town of Bluefield, West Virginia. But once a week, eighteen students from different walks of life gather to talk about books. Suzette Sims, the program services coordinator at the Craft Memorial Library, organized the book club a few years ago. It started with three middle school students and has since grown in size and friendship. But the library doesn’t have money to buy books. When the book club had just three members, they could obtain books through interlibrary loan.  Now, the program has grown and the book club needs almost twenty copies of…
  • Celebrate National Poetry Month!

    Samantha McGinnis
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    It’s April! At First Book that means it’s not just springtime, it’s the month that we celebrate all things rhythm, verse and rhyme: National Poetry Month. Here are five of our favorite collections to make poetry fun for kids of varying ages. Button Up! Wrinkled Rhymes Written by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Petra Mathers This hilarious book features poems written from the points of view of different articles of clothing. From “Emily’s Undies” to “Bob’s Bicycle Helmet,” each is certain both to get laughs and to help kids think creatively about voice and…
  • Sparking Students’ Interest In Math

    Samantha McGinnis
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Sarah’s students practicing “counting on” When it’s time for a math lesson, Sarah Richardson’s kindergarten class sits in a group, with one hand on their heads, counting on the other hand in front of them.  They’re learning addition using a method called “counting on”. This can be a very tricky skill for some of Sarah’s students. After a tough math lesson, the students sit down to enjoy a new story.  She begins to read a book about a builder named Jack who uses different numbers of blocks to build robots, a hot dog stand and the tallest building in the world. …
  • One More Page

    Samantha McGinnis
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Dr. Shirley Johnson, in her words, is an educator to the depths of her soul. Over the last 40 years, she has been a teacher, administrator, union leader, curriculum supervisor and an education advocate.  Most recently, she opened The Resource Room, an afterschool education program for children ages five to 11 in Miami Gardens, Florida. She is also a long-standing NAACP member and Regional Chair with a long history and deep family roots in the Civil Rights Movement. Recently, with support from the General Motors Foundation, First Book partnered with NAACP to launch the new national NAACP…
 
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  • Bedtime stories DO aid reading, brain tests show: Study finds it...

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
    Husband and wife whose two dogs mauled father-of-three jogger to death as he begged for help could be freed from prison in just 19 MONTHS after reaching plea deal Bruce Jenner reveals he is a Republican Christian who is 'not a fan' of Obama in interview announcing he is transitioning to a woman University shuts down as hundreds gather in support of Playboy Air Force vet who was arrested for tackling flag tramplers Bedtime stories DO aid reading, brain tests show: Study finds it provides a 'meaningful and measurable' boost to their development Parents have long been urged to read bedtime…
  • Award-Winning Picture Book Helps Children to Ease Their Bedtime Fears

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:27 am
    Oxford, PA, April 25, 2015 -- -- No matter our age, we all struggle when faced with fears and Author Alicia Lloyd has written a picture book for children of all ages, and accompanied by soft and atmospheric illustrations portraying thrills and chills that capture the imagination of children in the dark hours of night. "When the Monsters are Quiet" , is a fun way children can start to become proficient readers by reading about one of their biggest worries- bedtime.
  • Friends' support Shepherdstown Library

    25 Apr 2015 | 12:22 am
    Though the current building that houses the Shepherdstown Public Library is small, the library is getting big help from its friends. According to Sandy Brown, a member of the Friends of the Shepherdstown Library board of directors and the public relations director for FOSL, public libraries across West Virginia are underfunded, and the situation is no different in Shepherdstown.
  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs up, thumbs down

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Ariana Goulbourne of Visalia won $25,854 in cash and prizes on the April 20 edition of "Wheel of Fortune." Thumbs up to Pat Hill, former football coach for Fresno State, on his new gig as color commentator for 940 ESPN's Bulldogs football coverage starting Sept.
  • South Starz Academy works on improving literacy in Junction

    24 Apr 2015 | 11:34 pm
    Seeing the need for improved literacy among the residents in her community, Michelle Stephenson, along with her friend, Anthony Howell, decided to start South Starz Academy with the aim of improving the literacy level of children in Junction, St Elizabeth. The academy was also started with the objective of having students constructively occupied when not in school as many of the schools in the area operate on a shift system.
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  • Literacy To Work Force Initiative!

    georgianorthwestern
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    GNTC Adult Education Program Literacy to Workforce Initiative Join us now for the chance to enroll in an exciting new opportunity with our Saturday accelerated program. Earn your GED® diploma in as little as four months! All you need to do is contact one of our locations in Chattooga, Murray, Polk, or Whitfield for more information. Don’t meet the criteria? Enroll in our traditional adult education classes during the week.
  • Hercules for Kids

    texicana2013
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hercules was the greatest of the mythological Greek heroes. He was famous for his incredible strength, courage, and intelligence. Hercules is actually his Roman name. The Greeks called him Heracles. Birth of Hercules Hercules was a demigod. This means that he was half god, half human. His father was Zeus, king of the gods, and his mother was Alcmene, a beautiful human princess. Even as a baby Hercules was very strong. When the goddess Hera, Zeus’ wife, found out about Hercules, she wanted to kill him. She snuck two large snakes into his crib. However, baby Hercules grabbed the snakes by…
  • Wednesday, April 22nd

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    22 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    8th Grade: Globaloria &/or Code.org (Password on the left side of board) 4/22/15 – DO NOW – “Spr
  • Sight Words and Reptiles!

    New Kid With A Book
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:27 am
    It’s towards the end of school and most of my kids know their letter names and sounds (yay!). Recently, I’ve been trying to really drive in their kindergarten high frequency words (HFW) – words they will use the most often but can’t necessarily sounds out so they need to memorize them. a pre-proofreed newsletter My newsletter is the best opportunity for practice. Everyday we’ll begin by reviewing 4 or 5 HFW then read our newsletter aloud to see where they fit: “The” you ready for the Zoo Mobile?? Does that make sense? Once we’ve agreed on the…
  • Inequality hurts economic growth, finds OECD research

    Adventure Terrain Ventures Led by Ms Kiran
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    Inequality hurts economic growth, finds OECD research 09/12/2014 – Reducing income inequality
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