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The path to prison is often paved by illiteracy.

The path to prison is often paved by illiteracy.

The path to prison is often paved by illiteracy. Yet many prisoners aren’t being taught to read. SALEM, Ore. — Vincent Valdez’s childhood memories are tinted by the vodka-filled water bottle he brought to class. “I’ve thrown up a couple of times in the middle of the classroom,” he said. “I’ve fallen over on the bus.” Valdez grew up in…

Low Literacy Linked to New Mexico’s poverty

Low Literacy Linked to New Mexico’s poverty

Low literacy linked to New Mexico’s poverty There is an inextricable link between poverty and literacy — particularly between child poverty and literacy, according to education experts. And for many New Mexicans, the relationship is generational. That is grim news for New Mexico, which had a poverty rate in 2021 of 19.1% — the third highest in the country and…

Book Truck Is Helping Combat Negative Stereotypes

Book Truck Is Helping Combat Negative Stereotypes

Book Truck Is Helping Combat Negative Stereotypes Black Wordschoolers is a bookmobile filled with stories from Black authors. It’s helping students learn to repel stereotypes and raise literacy rates. It may look like an ice cream truck, but what’s inside Natalie Pipkin’s creation may be far sweeter. “We have a variety of baby board books,” Pipkin said. “Some are bilingual.”…

Ten Ways to Make Summer Reading Fantastically Fun

Ten Ways to Make Summer Reading Fantastically Fun

Ten Ways to Make Summer Reading Fantastically Fun   By Arielle Haughee Summer is a time for fun and also a time when kids can regress in their reading skills. That’s why reading is essential for this time of year. It can be tough to pry kids away from screens and get their noses into books, but we’ve corralled a…

Using Role Models to Inspire WLF Ambassadors

Using Role Models to Inspire WLF Ambassadors

Using Role Models to Inspire WLF Ambassadors | A Partnership with Amazing People Schools Amazing People Schools (APS) has partnered with the World Literacy Foundation Ambassador Program to share the stories of historic global role models from their digital learning platform, inspiring young people seeking to be WLF Youth Ambassadors. I am Selena Whitehead, Education Team Manager for APS and…

5 ways to support children’s early literacy skills and build family connections this summer

5 ways to support children’s early literacy skills and build family connections this summer

5 ways to support children’s early literacy skills and build family connections this summer   With the end of the school year here, parents, caregivers and educators may find themselves reflecting on another turbulent year in education. For researchers of children’s literacy, year-end reflections may prompt discussions of the “summer slide” — children’s loss of knowledge over summer break, particularly…

Childhood Literacy Plummeted Following Pandemic Shutdowns, Studies Show

Childhood Literacy Plummeted Following Pandemic Shutdowns, Studies Show

Childhood Literacy Plummeted Following Pandemic Shutdowns, Studies Show Young children are continuing to miss key reading benchmarks at a higher rate than before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to several studies. The number of students nationwide whose literacy skills are considered developmentally “on track” has yet to return to pre-COVID-19 levels, according to an Amplify Education study, though literacy did improve…

COVID’s Literacy Fallout

COVID’s Literacy Fallout

Lauren Page laments the way the pandemic affected students worldwide, whether they caught the virus or not The metaphor “summer slide” has been used for decades to describe the essential skills that children lose over the summer when they’re out of school. Though this term was popular before 2020, unfortunately it is now the least of many parents’ concerns. Over…

Leaders appeal to parents to #ClosetheWordGap

Leaders appeal to parents to #ClosetheWordGap

By Too Small to Fail At Too Small to Fail, we’re passionate about helping parents and caregivers realize the power they have for change. And we’re not alone. In the videos presented here, you will watch President Barack Obama, Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Cindy McCain and Senator Bill Frist speak about the importance of talking, reading and singing to…

The Thirty Million Word Gap

The Thirty Million Word Gap

A summary from “The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3″ by University of Kansas researchers Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley. (2003). American Educator. Spring: 4-9, which was exerpted with permission from B. Hart and T.R. Risley (1995). Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experiences of Young American Children. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing. In this groundbreaking study,…