FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Torunn Radcliffe had never seen a horse in person.
That changed last Tuesday when the Literacy Volunteers of Marion County got a visit from Stormy the miniature horse,...
The Latest: US, UK teams share $10M XPRIZE award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the competition for the XPrize For Global Learning (all times local):
A US company founded by game-developer parents who wanted to help their...
‘Read to Achieve’ retooling approved in Senate committee
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina public school literacy program championed by Republican Senate leader Phil Berger that hasn't met expectations so far would get retooled in legislation...
NEW YORK (AP) — James Patterson's latest gift for literacy is a $1.25 million pledge to classroom libraries.
On Tuesday, the best-selling author announced the fifth installment for his...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An effort championed by North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger to improve student literacy by third grade would be retooled in new legislation.
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A Mandan elementary school has launched a new stress-relief program in which students write, direct and perform their own stage plays, and a performance for parents is planned...
South Dakota lawmaker seeks new civics literacy program
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker proposed a new state program to recognize students who graduate from high school with a strong understanding of civics.
The bill introduced Tuesday would create the South Dakota state seal of civics literacy program. Students at participating schools who meet the program's requirements would have a reproduction of the state seal attached to their diploma and a note added to their grade transcript.
Niagara Falls using literacy, job training to combat poverty
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The city of Niagara Falls is using job training and literacy programs to fight poverty.
State and city officials recently announced more than $536,000 in state funds will support programs that aim to prepare unemployed residents and low-income workers for better opportunities.
Study: No gains for North Carolina 3rd grade literacy effort
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Researchers say North Carolina's Read to Achieve literacy program has had no gains with five years of test scores showing little benefit.
Arkansas school literacy club motivates young readers
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Valley View Junior High School students are learning to lead — by the book.
Student volunteers read children's books to the elementary school students to excite and motivate the younger students about reading.
Library of Congress honors literacy programs
NEW YORK (AP) — Three literacy and educational organizations are being honored by the Library of Congress, with cash awards totaling $250,000.
Board OKs grants aimed at improving reading, writing skills
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana education officials say 67 school systems will share in more than $10 million worth of grants aimed at improving struggling students' reading and writing skills.
In a news release, the state education department ways the money comes from a $55.5 million "Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy" grant Louisiana received from the federal government last year.
Teachers get iPads to help with student reading literacy
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina public school reading teachers in early grades will benefit from new technology to help them better monitor student literacy strengths and weaknesses.
State schools Superintendent Mark Johnson says the Department of Public Instruction has provided iPads to every reading teacher in kindergarten through third grade, delivering them in time for the start of classes. Johnson is highlighting the purchases Wednesday at an event in Salisbury.
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit focused on the poor reading skills of students at several Detroit schools, concluding in part that there's no constitutional right to literacy— and drawing vows of an appeal.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Fargo Public Library is eliminating overdue fines for all children's materials in an effort to increase literacy.
Library officials said Monday that research shows doing away with fines encourages children to check out more items and that materials are usually returned on time.
The library's policy change takes effect Monday. People will still be charged for lost and damaged items.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers turned out this week in Des Moines to build kits to help boost the reading skills of kids.
United Way of Central Iowa hosted Literacy Solstice on Thursday. All day, volunteers from around central Iowa created 1,000 literacy kits that each includes a book and activities to reinforce literacy skills.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is proposing to provide preschool to all 4-year-olds, to triple the number of literacy coaches and to stop transferring school aid revenue to colleges.
The proposals are included in an education plan the former legislative leader outlined at a Lansing school Friday.
- The Herald-DispatchDollar General arm donates to WV schoolsMay 11, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchDollar General arm donates to WV schoolsMay 11, 2019
- Idaho State JournalEarly childhood literacy funding to double next yearMay 1, 2019
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Board of Education has unanimously approved "Bible literacy" standards for public schools after being challenged by the ACLU to keep Church and State separate, as required by the Constitution.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of Ohio school districts and consortiums of districts will split $33 million in federal grant money to improve literacy development.
Ohio's Department of Education says the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant especially aims to boost literacy for more students who live in poverty, have disabilities, or are identified as English learners or struggling readers.
On a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston’s leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she’d like to focus on should she become first lady.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials are proceeding with a proposal that would require public schools to administer improvement and intervention plans and in some cases hold back students who have literacy skills below grade level.
Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski is proposing the new rules that would apply to students in kindergarten through third grade.
The nation has been blessed with memorable and impressive first ladies, from the days of Martha Washington and Dolly Madison to Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.
Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — On a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston's leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she'd like to focus on should she become first lady.
HOUSTON (AP) — In his first public comments since his wife's death, former President George H.W. Bush said Wednesday that he used to tease his spouse of 73 years that he had a complex about how much people liked her.
The world has entered a new era.
First there was the Agricultural Revolution, then the Industrial Revolution, and now the Information Revolution.
We are in the midst of technology-driven generation and it has benefits, but it also has detriments.These risks need to be considered and responded to because, in this still developing situation, they are not going away.
Students at Rossville Middle School had some special visitors as part of their annual book fair. The school’s book fair this year, "Paws for Reading," had an animal theme to it, and media specialist Julie Jackson, who recently adopted a shelter dog, thought it would be great to invite some local rescues to bring dogs and talk to students about them.
"I got with our parent involvement coordinator," says Jackson, "and we decided to have a pet-themed literacy night that parents were invited to."
The School District of Philadelphia has announced the expansion of its early literacy pilot program.
The program will provide modernized classrooms and materials to pre-kindergarten through third-grade students at 11 additional schools in the 2018-2019 school year.
West Shore Community College board approves new digital literacy program, local degree and UM transfer set, more to come
VICTORY TOWNSHIP — The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees on Monday approved a new associate of arts degree program in digital literacy. Students will be able to enroll in the program for the fall 2018 semester. The two-year program is the first at West Shore to join the arts and sciences curriculum and the occupational curriculum to create a single, interdisciplinary program.
The recent report by Education Trust-Midwest, "Top Ten for Education: Not by Chance," paints a landscape that is sobering and true. Michigan is performing very poorly, and in key measures such as third-grade reading we are losing ground. Data from the last state-wide test indicated only 44 percent of Michigan's third-graders were reading at grade level.
DANBURY — The Danbury Library is one of 20 public libraries nationwide to receive a $10,000 grant from the American Library Association and Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
The American Dream Literacy Initiative grant will fund free, beginner-level English courses for residents who speak another language. The classes will include three, 10-week courses with instructors from Western Connecticut Regional Adult and Continuing Education.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Atlantic City Free Public Library is bringing books to local barbershops in an effort to promote youth literacy.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are giving Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology $30 million to help improve the literacy skills of elementary school students across the nation.
The Reach Every Reader program will combine scientific research with methods of tracking and predicting students' reading abilities to develop a web-based screening tool to identify kindergartners at high risk of reading difficulties.
The Foellinger Foundation on Tuesday announced a $1 million grant to fund a literacy program run by the Allen County Public Library.
Over three years, the money will support the library's Summer Learning Program, which organizers say has reached thousands of children, teens and adults through reading, on- and off-site learning activities and free lunches.
Despite investing heavily in early literacy since 2015, Michigan schools showed the largest decline in third-grade reading levels among 11 comparable states in the last three years, according to a new education report.
Using three consecutive years of data starting with the 2014-15 school year, Michigan ranked last among the group for changes in third-grade reading proficiency, according to officials with Education Trust-Midwest, a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization.
BY REBECCA CROSS
FLORENCE, S.C. – Students, teachers and staff at Lester Elementary School dressed up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters on Friday to celebrate the author’s birthday and literacy.
Characters in the building included Thing One and Thing Two, the Cat in the Hat, Sam I Am and the Grinch.
DeKALB – The DeKalb/Sycamore Bookcase Project will host a banquet to support the annual effort to promote literacy by providing 50 solid oak bookcases as starter libraries for children enrolled at the Two Rivers Head Start program.
The banquet will be at 6 p.m.
March 13 in the DeKalb High School cafeteria, 501 W. Dresser Road.
Nonprofit to host literacy summit at Detroit high school
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area nonprofit is bringing experts together to discuss literacy in the city and across southeastern Michigan.
Southfield-based Beyond Basics will host its March 1 Literacy Summit at Detroit's Mumford High School.
The summit is held every two years and is open to the public. Educators, officials at literacy-related nonprofits, community activists and foundation leaders are expected to attend.
Dayton teacher, council offer literacy help with ‘little libraries’
Little red and white structures have been popping up all over Dayton the last few days and they are a part of the city council's mission to help address literacy in the city.
My Little Libraries, as they are called in Dayton, was an idea from a new resident to the city intended to encourage children and adults to do more reading.
Bridgeport schools’ math, literacy coaches in the budget crosshairs
BRIDGEPORT — Students in Kathy Fuch’s fourth grade class at Beardsley School are ferocious readers, whipping through one book after another on school-supplied iPads.
For some students, however, reading proficiency remains stuck in neutral.
So Fuchs turned to LaShonda Commodore, one of the district’s 10 literacy coaches.
For new teachers, literacy coaches as well as math coaches are virtual lifelines — someone there to help, not evaluate.
With new curriculum, focus, Minneapolis schools work to close early reading gap
The pressure is on for the students learning to read in Katie Trembleys second-grade classroom at Green Central Park School in Minneapolis.
What to do with a life’s work in literacy? Give it all away
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Jane Hodges Crater is vivacious, determined, energetic, and sometimes, appalled. Appalled that more than 30 million adults in the United States can't read, according to the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy. It's a fact the retired educator has spent decades of her life trying to change.
ACLU: Indiana prison violated blind inmate’s rights
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Indiana Department of Correction, alleging that prison officials are discriminating against a blind former inmate by refusing to let him participate in a literacy program to get his sentence reduced.
Superheroes Owlbotron and Northtale rode the Curiosity Cruiser to the Edith Fae Cook Cole Library in Crosby part of an effort to get and keep children interested in reading.
Curiosity Cruiser, a partnership of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the Harris County Public Library System, works to boost literacy in under-served communities.
The Cruiser offers a variety of programs, including reading and sharing stories, building with LEGOs and team-based activities.
Young adult author discusses how he used writing to escape from bullying in Baraboo middle school presentation
A popular young adult fiction author told Jack Young Middle School students Monday how his experiences with bullying eventually led him to writing and storytelling.
Montana author Ben Mikaelsen was invited to speak during the middle school’s annual literacy night and met with students throughout the day as well. During his talks, the author of “Touching Spirit Bear” and “Petey” told students how he grew up in Bolivia and moved to Minnesota at a young age.
DANBURY — Children's literacy scores in one of Danbury's most disadvantaged neighborhoods showed dramatic improvement over the past year, thanks to a series of early-learning programs.
Park Avenue School's 89 kindergartners scored more than 10 percent higher on the Early Literacy STAR assessment in 2017 over the year before, according to statistics compiled by the United Way of Western Connecticut.
More North Hills elementary students struggling with reading will be able to attend free summer sessions to get the help they need.
The school board has approved a pilot expansion of the district's summer literacy program to include students in fourth through sixth grades.
The four-week session currently is available for free to children in kindergarten through the third grade who are below their grade level in reading.
State gives grants for digital literacy, broadband adoption
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state of Tennessee has announced dozens of grants to improve computer and online skills and access to broadband services at libraries.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said Thursday that libraries in 52 cities and counties are receiving digital literacy and broadband adoption grants.