Family & Community

Creating Positive Change in Detroit through Family and Community Engagement

Julia Graeper  April 27th, 2016 
If Detroit is to reclaim its position as a city of innovation, then we must transform the educational landscape to provide college- and career-ready students who are prepared... Read more

Hearing Trauma’s Voice: A Conversation With Lesley Koplow (Part 2)

Suzanne McCabe  April 22nd, 2016 
Children learn that literacy is a voice. When they hear a story about something that resonates with their own feelings, they can dictate, write, draw, or play about it,... Read more

Hearing Trauma's Voice: A Conversation with Lesley Koplow (Part 1)

Suzanne McCabe  April 20th, 2016 
Lesley Koplow is the Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice (ERP) at Bank Street College of Education. I recently spoke with her about efforts to help... Read more

Summer Is Right Around the Corner. Is Your School Ready?

Kelli Cedo  March 25th, 2016 

You’ve likely seen the research and read the reports about academic summer slide and how this contributes to the achievement gap. Coming from a principal who works in a...

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Five Questions with Scholastic Education's Chief Academic Officer

Tyler Reed  March 17th, 2016  Comments • 2

Earlier this week, Scholastic Education announced that Michael Haggen would be the organization's new Chief Academic Officer. Michael has more than 20...

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How Pinellas County (FL) is Creating a Literacy Movement in its Community

Lindsay Carson  January 27th, 2016 

The ability to read is something many of us take for granted. It is something we learned long ago and practice so often that it seems almost an innate human function. And...

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Asking Our Way to Education Solutions

Byron Garrett  January 21st, 2016 

These are challenging times and I think we can all agree that there should be more hours in the day. Work, commuting, errands, cooking, staying on top of the household...

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Five Big Stories in Education in 2015

Tyler Reed  December 17th, 2015 

We've had plenty to talk about in 2015 -- from testing to read alouds to ESSA, our new federal education law.

Here are five big education stories that kept my...

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Deck the Halls with Boughs of Literacy

Nell K. Duke  December 9th, 2015 

Whatever holiday you celebrate this winter season, you can have fun involving your children in the preparations and build their literacy skills at the same time! Consider...

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How One Rural Community Is Addressing the Challenges of Resource Scarcity and Geographic Isolation

Karen Baicker  November 20th, 2015 

Educational challenges are abundant wherever resources are scarce. When policy makers and education leaders attempt to address those barriers, they tend to focus on...

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How to Reframe the Role of Families in Education (and a Giveaway!)

Tyler Reed  November 16th, 2015  Comments • 35

Last month, Scholastic hosted a gathering of "family and community engagement" leaders from schools and communities across the country at its annual Scholastic FACE...

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Districts Addressing Attendance Issues by Integrating Learning Supports

Rhonda Neal-Waltman  November 4th, 2015 

I read with interest a recent New York Times article by Rikha Sharma Rani entitled “Stopping Absenteeism at the Age of 5.” In it she highlighted the remarkable work of the...

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Rosie Perez on Bringing the Arts to Underserved Children

Suzanne McCabe  October 9th, 2015 

Rosie Perez made her acting debut in Do the Right Thing in 1989. Since then, she has tried to live up to the title of Spike Lee’s film. She is a fierce...

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Live Streaming Announced for National Family Engagement Symposium Starting Oct. 4

Tyler Reed  September 29th, 2015 

The Scholastic FACE Symposium, an annual gathering of family and community engagement leaders from across the country, kicks off October 4th in Miami. This year, we're...

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Learning From—and After—Katrina

Suzanne McCabe  September 2nd, 2015 

A version of this post first appeared on Scholastic's On Our Minds blog.

Scholastic News Kid Reporter Samuel Davis, 12, of Shreveport, La., is too young to...

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Stopping the Summer Slide in Rhode Island

Andy Moffit  August 17th, 2015 

The author is the First Gentleman of Rhode Island.

The Two-Gen Approach to Early Education

Karen Baicker  August 14th, 2015 

Several years ago, Scholastic teamed up with the Yale Child Study Center to answer the question, “How can we help build resilience in struggling communities?...

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Three Prerequisites for Effective Family Engagement

Karen Mapp  August 4th, 2015 

Over the past twenty years, I’ve had the privilege to work with educators, policy members, researchers, families, and community members to explore the benefits of and the...

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NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray Encourages Families to ‘Talk to Your Baby’

Tyler Reed  July 21st, 2015 

Last week, the First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, kicked off a two-year initiative to distribute 200,000 baby book bundles, donated by Scholastic, to NYC...

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School Leaders Focusing on Family and Community Partnerships

Tyler Reed  June 5th, 2015 

More research, more tools and resources and stronger leadership are coalescing to create a growing movement around "family and community engagement" in U.S. schools.

We Surveyed the 2015 State Teachers of the Year

Greg Worrell  May 19th, 2015  Comments • 7

How would teachers prioritize education funding? What aspects of their jobs give them the most satisfaction? What qualities do they believe great teachers have? Do...

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How We Ensure All of Our District's Students Have Access to Books

Kelli Cedo  March 17th, 2015 

In the Virginia Beach Public Schools, our Title 1 organization has established that equity and adequacy are the pillars by which we...

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Family Engagement: An Impetus for Student Success

Kelli Cedo  March 3rd, 2015 

In 2010, as Title 1 Coordinator in Virginia Beach Public Schools, I had an a-ha moment regarding how we were and weren’t serving our Title I families in support of their “...

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My Top 10 Ways to Encourage Reading at Home and in School (7-5)

Phyllis C. Hunter  February 25th, 2015  Comments • 1

You may know me from my latest book, It’s Not Complicated, my classroom libraries or my work in schools as a literacy expert.

Diversity is the Heartbeat of Our Humanity

Pam Allyn  February 19th, 2015 

Diversity is the heartbeat of our humanity. Books are mirrors into our inner lives, and also windows to the world. Our school and classroom libraries, on and offline,...

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