Life In Literacy Train

Born to the Cause: My Life in Literacy

I was ten years old when I found myself gazing with wonder at the brass chandeliers, marble floors, carved woodwork and dozens of stern portraits gazing down on us in the ornate and imposing hearing room in the U.S. Capitol. It was the 1960s and my...

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Organizing Grant Materials

Grant Money for Teachers

Educators can be incredibly creative when it comes to learning activities. The ideas that flow from passionate teachers can have some significant impacts on education. The KIPP program is one of those ideas, as is 826 National out of California. The Freedom Writers Foundation is...

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Expanded Learning on the playground

Growing Students Through Expanded Learning

There are, on average, 180 days in an elementary school year in the United States. Each day is roughly seven hours. That time does not include weekends for students. Months of school and hours of homework are not always enough to cover every topic. Fortunately,...

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Involving Parents in Education

When children first begin to explore reading, it is not a solitary activity. Parents spend time with their children teaching them to read. The lessons can be as straightforward as sitting down and reading with your children or as subtle as getting them to read...

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Writing for children

Writing Goes Hand in Hand with Reading

Reading and writing are skills that go hand in hand. As children develop, they learn to speak first. Reading follows, and then the ability to write in their language. Writing is a great way to reinforce the lessons they learn from reading. They start to...

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Access to Books

Poverty, access to books, and summer reading loss

Richard L. Allington is a professor of education at the University of Tennessee and has served as the president of the International Reading Association, president of the National Reading Conference, and as a member of the International Reading Association Board of Directors. He is also...

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Closed Captions while watching television.

Closed Captions Help Reading

Finland has long been one of the top countries in the world regarding reading scores. The last time that the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) scores, Finland was ranked fourth in the world. The Finnish...

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