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  • Mullins leading effort to prevent summer literacy slide - Greenville News

    LITERACY NEWS - Google News
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Greenville NewsMullins leading effort to prevent summer literacy slideGreenville NewsMost recently, the organization has been collaborating with the district on an effort to prevent the summer literacy slide. Summer reading loss accounts for 80 percent of the achievement gap between rich and poor kids, according to Richard Allington, a
  • Library and Information Research : new articles

    Information Literacy Weblog
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The latest issue of open access journal Library and Information Research (Vol 38, No 118, 2014) includes:Reading lists – time for a reality check? An investigation into the use of reading lists as a pedagogical tool to support the development of information skills amongst Foundation Degree students by Gillian Siddall, Hannah Rose. "This article presents the results of an action research project exploring the use and value of reading lists for Foundation Degree students. ... It was found that reading lists were being used by students to identify and find resources for their academic studies.
  • NCBLA Ed Guides Help You Implement Common Core in the Classroom

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Supplemental Education ResourcesCreated for In Search of WonderNow Available Onlinefor All Educators and LibrariansAre you looking for creative ways to implement outstanding fiction and nonfiction literature in your library and classroom using the Common Core English Language Standards? In Search of Wonder Author and Illustrator Steven KelloggPhoto (c) 2014 David RzeszotarskiThen be sure to check out the NCBLA's education support materials designed to supplement our recent interdisciplinary professional development day titled In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More, held in conjunction…
  • What is the Proper Sequence to Teach Reading Skills?

    Shanahan on Literacy
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Years ago, when the National Reading Panel (NRP) report came out, Congress tried to impose a national literacy sequence on American schools. Their plan only allowed phonemic awareness instruction until kids could fully segment words. Then the law would let us teach phonics… but no fluency until the word sounding was completed. Eventually we’d even get to comprehension—at least for the most stalwart boys and girls who hung in there long enough. A very ambitious plan; one that suggests a clear developmental sequence in how reading abilities unfold.But much as Emperor Canute couldn’t…
  • Thank You For The Books

    First Book Blog
    Samantha McGinnis
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Throughout the year, we receive countless thank you notes from children across the country who receive books of their very own thanks to generous support from friends like you.  We hope you enjoy this note of thanks from Patricia, a student at Adrian Elementary in South Euclid, Ohio. On behalf of all our young readers, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season. The post Thank You For The Books appeared first on First Book Blog.
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  • Mullins leading effort to prevent summer literacy slide - Greenville News

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Greenville NewsMullins leading effort to prevent summer literacy slideGreenville NewsMost recently, the organization has been collaborating with the district on an effort to prevent the summer literacy slide. Summer reading loss accounts for 80 percent of the achievement gap between rich and poor kids, according to Richard Allington, a
  • Link to Literacy program ships out over 8300 donated books - Windsor Star (blog)

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Windsor Star (blog)Link to Literacy program ships out over 8300 donated booksWindsor Star (blog)The Link to Literacy Children's Book Drive organization donated more than 8,000 books to the Greater Essex County District School Board on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Tamye Machina, director of the organization poses with Tory Provenzano, 13, a student at ...
  • Internet use and social engagement associated with increased health literacy - 2 Minute Medicine

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    2 Minute MedicineInternet use and social engagement associated with increased health literacy2 Minute Medicine1. Consistent internet use and engagement in social activities were associated with protection against decline in health literacy with age. 2. Greater age, lower education, lower financial status, and with more than one limitation in any instrumental Cultural Activities Help Seniors Retain Health LiteracyPacific StandardHow's Your Health Literacy? Web-Savviness And Socializing Boost Necessary Medical DailyWeb-Savvy Older Adults May Better Retain 'Health Literacy'University…
  • Literacy Volunteers joins tutor program - Chippewa Herald

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Literacy Volunteers joins tutor programChippewa Herald8th for International Literacy Day and ends Dec. 1. Literacy Volunteers Chippewa Valley has been very active in helping Wisconsin Literacy achieve this goal. Literacy Volunteers recruited and trained over 40 volunteers to increase day-to-day skill Get tickets to "Christmas on Broadway" when you make a donation to Literacy Chicago Tribuneall 2 news articles »
  • If words fail you, this Literacy Center volunteer is there to help - Omaha World-Herald

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Omaha World-HeraldIf words fail you, this Literacy Center volunteer is there to helpOmaha World-HeraldKirsten Case, executive director at the Literacy Center, said an estimated 14 to 16 percent of the adult population — up to 70,000 people — in the metro area are functionally illiterate. That's defined as having reading and writing abilities so low
 
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Library and Information Research : new articles

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The latest issue of open access journal Library and Information Research (Vol 38, No 118, 2014) includes:Reading lists – time for a reality check? An investigation into the use of reading lists as a pedagogical tool to support the development of information skills amongst Foundation Degree students by Gillian Siddall, Hannah Rose. "This article presents the results of an action research project exploring the use and value of reading lists for Foundation Degree students. ... It was found that reading lists were being used by students to identify and find resources for their academic studies.
  • Older Americans unversed in the Internet 'know less about health'

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    A newsy article reports that: "... among elderly Americans, those with low health literacy were the least likely to use the Internet. And when they did use the Internet, it was not usually to search for health information." Paddock, C. (2014, 14 November) Older Americans unversed in the Internet 'know less about health'. Medical News Today. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/285421.php This was based on an article in Journal of General Internal Medicine currently in the "online" first category (i.e. not allocated to an issue):Levey, H. et al. (2014). Health Literacy and the Digital…
  • International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) 2013 published #icils2013

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement published (last Thursday) the IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) 2013, which reports on results of an assessment that was carried out in 21 countries, surveying almost 60000 students and almost 35000 teachers. The research questions were concerned with "Variations in CIL within and across countries; Aspects of schools, education systems, and teaching associated with student achievement in CIL; The extent to which students’ access to, familiarity with, and self-reported proficiency in…
  • #OER Evidence Report 2013-2014

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    A summary report of research on the impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) has been published (on open access, naturally). It is produced by the OER Research Hub.Full details of the methods aren't given, but surveys were undertaken by project partners, and, aggregated, there were (in terms of number of respondents) "By role: informal learners (50.3%, n= 3212); formal learners (24.7%, n= 1578); educators (21.6%, n=1382); and librarians (3.4%, n=218)". They were aiming to test 11 hypotheses, namely: Use of OER leads to improvement in student performance and satisfaction; The Open Aspect of…
  • Great internet age divide is a myth

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    News article highlighting the fact that younger people aren't necessarily good at searching. This was following a talk by Google's Dan Rusell given at Glasgow University. I assume the content was similar to what he said at an earlier talk.Denholm, A. (2014, 23 October) Great internet age divide is a myth. Herald. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/education/great-internet-age-divide-is-a-myth.25672713Photo by Sheila Webber: leaf on the step, November 2014
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • NCBLA Ed Guides Help You Implement Common Core in the Classroom

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Supplemental Education ResourcesCreated for In Search of WonderNow Available Onlinefor All Educators and LibrariansAre you looking for creative ways to implement outstanding fiction and nonfiction literature in your library and classroom using the Common Core English Language Standards? In Search of Wonder Author and Illustrator Steven KelloggPhoto (c) 2014 David RzeszotarskiThen be sure to check out the NCBLA's education support materials designed to supplement our recent interdisciplinary professional development day titled In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More, held in conjunction…
  • Two Hundred Years Later.

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    This Year Marks 200th Anniversary of the Burning of the White House"Struggling to Stand"Copyright  (c) 2008 by Wendell MinorIn August of 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops marched into our nation's capital and set fire to the White House. In the NCBLA's  award-winning anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, young people can learn not only about the building of the White House, but also why it burned in 1814 through its incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, poetry, and  stunning array of original art. Engage young…
  • Happy Anniversary "Star Spangled Banner!"

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    September 2014 Marks the 200th Anniversary of Our National AnthemThis month marks the 200th anniversary of "The Star Spangled Banner." Did you know that our national anthem has its roots in a poem and a drinking song? And that baseball played a role in its history?Share the story of how Francis Scott Key's poem became our national anthem. It's all in "Star Spangled Presidents" by Helen Kampion on the NCBLA's education website OurWhiteHouse.org! Click here to read the article.The website OurWhiteHouse.org is the online education companion to the NCBLA's award-winning anthology Our White House:…
  • Writing Workshops in Northern Ohio

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Northern Ohio SCBWI to Host Three Fall Writing EventsThe Northern Ohio chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) invites adults interested in writing for young people to join them at their monthly workshops and annual conference. You do not need to be a member of SCBWI to attend.SCBWI is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults. It acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and…
  • Join Us at IN SEARCH OF WONDER October 17, 2014 in Perry, Ohio

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Top FIVE Reasons to Register for In Search of Wonder: Common Core & MoreIllustration (c) Steven KelloggTeachers, principals, librarians, parents, students of education and library science, book lovers--you are ALL invited to register for the NCBLA's upcoming literary event In Search of Wonder: Common Core & More to be held Friday, October 17, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Perry, Ohio.  But WHY should you take a day to attend? We are so glad you asked!FIVE FAMOUS AUTHORS! Sit back and hear firsthand the inspiring, wise, and often witty words of five of America's most…
 
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • What is the Proper Sequence to Teach Reading Skills?

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Years ago, when the National Reading Panel (NRP) report came out, Congress tried to impose a national literacy sequence on American schools. Their plan only allowed phonemic awareness instruction until kids could fully segment words. Then the law would let us teach phonics… but no fluency until the word sounding was completed. Eventually we’d even get to comprehension—at least for the most stalwart boys and girls who hung in there long enough. A very ambitious plan; one that suggests a clear developmental sequence in how reading abilities unfold.But much as Emperor Canute couldn’t…
  • Prior Knowledge Part 2

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
          Last week, I focused on a controversy over prior knowledge. Common core has discouraged enhancing reading comprehension through the introduction of information external to a text.            That challenges the most popular ways of introducing texts in schools—such telling students information about the text topic or exploring student knowledge relevant to the topic. CCSS proponents bridle at such practices. They want students to become independent readers, which means they’d be able to read texts effectively…
  • Prior Knowledge: Can We Really Level the Playing Field?

    10 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
                Spoiler alert: This blog entry is a two-parter. The first part (today’s entry) describes a problem to which the second entry will offer some nifty practical solutions (nope, no practical solutions today).            An idea heavily promoted in Common Core (CCSS) discussions is the notion that we shouldn’t talk about students’ “prior knowledge,” and that avoiding such discussions somehow “levels the playing field” when it comes to learning to read. Researchers in the cognitive…
  • Unbalanced Comments on Balanced Literacy

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Want to win an argument about literacy? Just claim your approach is “balanced.” Balanced is a affirmative term… That’s why Fox-News claims to be “fair and balanced.” It not only makes your position sound reasonable, but implies your opponents may be a bit off, you know, imbalanced.So it is not too surprising that school principals and district literacy leaders often tout their reading programs as balanced. “Balanced literacy” sounds great, but what does it mean? What is being balanced?A few weeks ago, I responded here to some arguments about reading instruction that had…
  • Do You Want Your Husband to Remember Your Birthday or Anniversary?

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
                Let’s be honest. Any woman (or man, for that matter) wants their significant other to be involved enough that they remember both of these dates. Remember my birthday, but forget the day that we linked ourselves together for eternity, and you’re in obvious trouble. Recall the date we connected, but not my special day (all by myself) and I wonder if you think of me only in connection to you. Problem!            Your spouse wants to know that he/she is important to you and not having a premature…
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  • Thank You For The Books

    Samantha McGinnis
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Throughout the year, we receive countless thank you notes from children across the country who receive books of their very own thanks to generous support from friends like you.  We hope you enjoy this note of thanks from Patricia, a student at Adrian Elementary in South Euclid, Ohio. On behalf of all our young readers, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season. The post Thank You For The Books appeared first on First Book Blog.
  • Meet the Reading Dogs

    Samantha McGinnis
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Today’s guest blogger is Robyn Douglas from Down East Dog Scouts Troop 159 in Hancock County, ME. Cirra with some of her favorite books I want to tell you about Cirra. In her six years as a reading buddy, Cirra has given hundreds of books to kids. She’s helped dozens of children improve their reading and comprehension. She loves to sit quietly and listen. She is everyone’s best friend. Cirra is a therapy dog and a member of Downeast Dog Scouts Troop 159. I’m her handler.  Being part of the Children Reading to Dogs program is one of the most rewarding things Cirra and I have ever…
  • Four Ways to Encourage the Spirit of Giving

    Samantha McGinnis
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    The holidays are fast approaching.  You and your family can make them a bit brighter for kids in need. Choose from four great ways to get your family excited and engaged in helping others. 1.  Read eBooks for free as a family on www.wegivebooks.org. For every book you read online, a brand new book will be provided to a child in need. 2.  Encourage your kids to donate their allowance in November and December to First Book or a cause of their choice. Help them understand that not all kids will have presents to open this holiday season. 3.  Host a Virtual Book Drive and invite others to join…
  • First Book & UTR Keep Military Families Connected

    Samantha McGinnis
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    “When Rex is deployed there is a very large hole in our family dynamic.  He feels like by not being here and being able to do the things he usually does with the kids, he isn’t as connected to them.” Veronica and Rex Boblett have four children ages four to 11. They call their family “a team.” Rex has served in the United States Navy for almost 14 years as a Master at Arms. He was recently deployed. For the next 10 months while Rex is deployed his team will miss out on playing with their dad on the playground, roasting marshmallows in the backyard and family pizza and movie night.
  • Five First Book Favorites: November

    Samantha McGinnis
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Here are our five favorite books to read this November — a bilingual special edition and one part of a witty and well-illustrated history series are just two of this month’s favorites! PreK-K (Ages 2-5): Goodnight Moon (Bilingual Board Book Special Edition) written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd Children have been drifting off to sleep to the soothing sounds of Goodnight Moon for over 65 years. And now, we are beyond delighted to offer this classic bedtime story for the first time as a Spanish-English bilingual board book. More kids than ever before will be…
 
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  • School of the Week: Cwmffrwdoer Primary School

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Cwmffrwdoer Primary is a hub of learning for its pupils who embrace the school motto 'Happy together, learning and caring' as KATH SKELLON found out. She has spent her first two years in charge at Cwmffrwdoer Primary building on the foundations that have been laid.
  • Jeremy Saxe Volleyball Tournament Fundraiser Is This Friday

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:53 pm
    You can make a difference this Friday in honor of Amity Grad Jeremy Saxe, who dedicated his life to giving to others. The traditional Jeremy Saxe volleyball tournament will take place at the Connecticut Sports Center, 21 South Bradley Road, Woodbridge, Friday, Nov.28, 2-8 p.m. In addition to the volleyball there will be an expanded marketplace with local artisans offering fine clothing, jewelry, art, home goods, plus handmade woolens and ornaments from artisans in Nepal.
  • Police PAL around with kids

    27 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Three children squealed and called out to police Lt. Steve Neal as he entered their west Vancouver home, carrying a box full of food.
  • Mock parliament to build future leaders

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:57 pm
    The parliament on Thursday discussed two important issues - should some websites be banned for children below 14 years and is free press the need of the hour for India. Carmel's Legal Literacy Club organised Excelsior-2014, a daylong event where students of nine schools voiced concerns on social issues.
  • Government should restore public libraries

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Public libraries were established in the pre and post-independence era, because the colonialists still wielded considerable influence on our political, economic, religious and social lifestyles. A week ago, a friend prompted discussions on social media about the status of public libraries in Uganda.
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  • Reading Rituals

    Louise
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    I had one of those wondrous parenting moments last week. Do you know the ones? When you are in the moment with your child and it is wonderful and everything you imagined parenting to be about before actually had kids and suddenly realize THIS is one of those THINGS you should REMEMBER. And OMG! Blog about it! Preserve this fleeting moment! It happened last week while reading in bed with my youngest who is now two. With my eldest I was Determined Reading Parent. As a former literacy tutor, I was determined to imbue a love of reading from early on and followed every tip out there to try to…
  • Immigrant's Song

    Nikolas Larum
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    “I have been a stranger in a strange land.” Moshe ben ‘Amram, c. 1440 BC I was born in America. Well, California to be precise; which is close enough. Strange land indeed. My parents began dreaming of their exodus not long after my birth, if not before. My dad was an immigrant’s son. My mother was tied to the land through a centuries-long, generational thread. But that thread wound its way to other origins that she was anxious to explore. And the traveling man she married was more than happy to oblige. The four minor children still in the home didn’t have a vote. It was 1970. What…
  • Interview with Nora Aguirre

    literacycall
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    My first literacy interview for The C.A.L.L. is with member, Nora Aguirre!  Nora currently works with Acclaim Private Home Care which assists individuals with spinal cord and brain injuries.  In this capacity, Nora is able to help her daughter, Ginessa, who is wheel chair bound.  Additionally, Nora has worked as a teacher for Telamon Migrant Head Start for the past 11 years and has positively impacted the lives of many migrant families and their youth.  I was happy to have her answer some questions and get her input on reading, education, and family literacy! T: Why do you think literacy…
  • Watch Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau read to students (with video)

    Ottawa Citizen
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau took part Monday in the OttawaReads program, sitting in with a class of grade two and three students at Severn public school. A corporate partner since 2008, the Ottawa police currently have 36 volunteers reading at five local schools. OttawaReads takes place in 23 city schools.
  • The Young Scholar's Workbook: Book I Vol. II To Be Released 12-20-2014

    ASWIFTT PUBLISHING
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:56 pm
    ASWIFTT PUBLISHING, LLC to release The Young Scholar’s Workbook: Book I Vol. II by Brenda John
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