Family & Community

Teachers, we’ve heard you – more than 20,000 of you in fact

Anne Sparkman  February 25th, 2014 

Teachers leave an indelible imprint on their students’ lives, and, as the ones in the classroom on a daily basis, they’re on the frontlines of education-feeling shifts as...

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Literacy through Culture: A focus on Cool Culture

Windy Lopez  February 5th, 2014 

This is the first post in a new Q&A series here on frizzle highlighting the important work of nonprofit and community organizations whose mission is aligned...

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Growing up black in a white world

Suzanne McCabe  January 31st, 2014 

At age 5, Idris Brewster and his best friend, Seun Summers (shown here, left to right), were accepted at the Dalton School in New York City.

Transforming a school through technology and values

Allison Wolfe  January 29th, 2014 

In a post on eSchoolNews, teacher Patrice Bryan shares the story of her school’s turnaround. Over the course of a decade, Maplewood Richmond Heights High School (MRH) in...

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A “R.E.A.L” need for mentors

Alexandra Wladich  January 24th, 2014 

Did you know that young people who participate in mentoring programs are more likely to pursue higher education than those who did not participate? It’s proven!

Three ideas for teaching students digital citizenship

Allison Wolfe  January 9th, 2014 

With the growing prevalence of devices, both inside and outside the classroom, today’s students begin carving a digital footprint from an early age. Teaching students...

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#GivingTuesday: Why it’s so important to give back year round

Windy Lopez  December 10th, 2013 

It’s been a week since Giving Tuesday, and as part of an effort to continue to raise awareness about the important contributions so many non-profits provide year round, I...

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Family Involvement Week: Highlight on Gainesville, GA

Windy Lopez  November 25th, 2013 

In celebration of national Family Involvement Week and as part of Scholastic’s ongoing commitment to comprehensive and effective family engagement, we’ll be highlighting a...

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Helping kids get financially literate

Allison Wolfe  November 22nd, 2013 

Many states across the country have integrated financial literacy into school curriculum. This article describes some of the programs equipping Cincinnati teachers with...

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Fostering family resilience through literacy and place-based learning

Windy Lopez  November 22nd, 2013 

Last week my colleagues and I were in Tracy City, TN, for a Camp Discover “Family Reunion” event, where families enjoyed fun, literacy based activities that emphasized...

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Families and educators: Partnering for student success

Byron Garrett  September 26th, 2013  Comments • 2

School is in full swing across the country. And we begin a new year with many challenges facing the education system that underscore the need for engaged families, and...

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Houston school district wins prestigious Broad Prize

Tyler Reed  September 26th, 2013 

The Houston Independent School District won the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education today in recogition of its efforts in raising achievement, graduation rates and...

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Cultivating school-to-home communication

Pam Allyn  September 25th, 2013 

I love the energy of the back-to-school season. I love those early days of school when backpacks are still glistening and sneakers are bright white. I love to see the...

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Attendance Awareness Month: A focus on outcomes in Gainesville, Ga.

Windy Lopez  September 16th, 2013 

How can students benefit from effective classroom teaching if they are chronically late and often not in the classroom at all?  Research continues to demonstrate the...

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Books and resources to help children learn about 9/11

Tyler Reed  September 11th, 2013 

Today marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. For most adults, it’s hard to believe that so much time has passed since that terrible day. For some older kids,...

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The Funds of Knowledge: An ethnographic approach to family engagement

Lois Bridges  September 3rd, 2013 

The Funds of Knowledge, drawn from the seminal work of language researcher Luis Moll, sound like what they are: substantial, essential, hopeful. And I think of...

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Kellogg Foundation announces new investment in ‘family and community engagement’

Windy Lopez  August 28th, 2013 

This week, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced a $5 million investment to identify and promote innovative family engagement initiatives that support children’s...

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Looking Ahead: Family Engagement in Education Act of 2013

Windy Lopez  August 2nd, 2013 

As part of the critical effort to provide a comprehensive reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind, the Family Engagement in...

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Quote: "Any fool can get into an ocean..."

Suzanne McCabe  July 19th, 2013 

It is fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot in New York City. If you and the children in your life are sitting by the ocean, or beneath an air conditioner or a tree, you could do...

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How To: Motivate kids to read during the summer!

Windy Lopez  July 19th, 2013  Comments • 1

What makes long summer days (that somehow seem too short!) so special?

Beach. Parks. Barbeques. Community and City Festivals. Road Trips. Adventures. Campfires....

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Q & A: Jodi Grant of the Afterschool Alliance

Tyler Reed  July 16th, 2013 

A longtime partner of Scholastic and one of our Literacy Champions, the Afterschool Alliance works to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality...

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A resilient community is one that shares stories

Windy Lopez  July 12th, 2013  Comments • 2

Our world, our communities, our lives seem to be changing by the second these days. So, it’s not surprising that over the past few months many of us have been reading and...

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Two American Families, one broken dream

Suzanne McCabe  July 11th, 2013 

This week, PBS delivered on a journalistic promise that began with "Mother" Mary Jones: "Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." The network aired Two...

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Video: Sir Ken Robinson on the importance of finding one's passion

Tyler Reed  July 9th, 2013 

Here's a fantastic and beautifully built short video from The RSA in the UK featuring Sir Ken Robinson. In it, he explains why schools and communities can do more to help...

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Globally or locally, summer is the perfect time to encourage family and community engagement

Windy Lopez  June 25th, 2013 

When I was a teacher I loved being able to take time at the end of the school year to reflect on both the good and bad, the successes and failures, and most importantly,...

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