Language Isn’t a Barrier – It’s an Opportunity

If you are a school leader, teacher or caregiver, it may seem difficult to find ways to help students who are English-language learners and/or who are new to America thrive in school. However, rather than seeing educating these students just as a challenge, it is actually a great opportunity. As this post from The New Teacher Project states, students who …

Multicultural Books for Children: 60-plus Book Lists

This resource from Pragmatic Mom provides over 60 lists of books featuring stories about characters of colors or typically underrepresented backgrounds. This site organizes books by topic so you can easily find many texts that fit the specific topic you want. Topics include civil rights movement books for kids, LGBTQ books for kids, diverse superhero books, homelessness in children’s books, …

Brand-New to America and Learning, One Book at a Time

Students who have recently immigrated to America face many challenges: They are often English-language learners, are adjusting to a new culture, and may not have been able to bring books or other personal belongings with them in the move to their new home. By understanding and being sensitive to these factors, teachers can help support students who are new to …

Book’em

One of our key partners is Book’em. They are essential to supporting summer learning and literacy in Nashville by building hyper-local partnerships with businesses and community organizations to make sure all kids from birth to age 18 have books to read in Davidson County. They can only do this, however, if they have help and resources. If you have volunteers looking to …

1,000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide

At age 10, Marley Dias felt there were not enough books with black girls as the main character. She felt there should be more books representing girls like her – not just as minor, supporting characters, but as the center of the story. And she was definitely not alone. Her idea has started the campaign #1000BlackGirlBooks, which with the help …

Dyslexia: What Teachers Need To Know

While one in 10 children has dyslexia, many teachers may be unfamiliar with learning strategies to help support these students, particularly since many students remain undiagnosed. This guide from Scholastic dispels some common misconceptions as well as offers some best practices that educators can implement. Students with dyslexia are very strong learners, and strategies that support them are also high-level …

Family Literacy at the YWCA

The Family Literacy Center at the YWCA offers a lot of resources for families, including early childhood education, parent-child learning activities and parenting education classes. These resources are designed to help families develop strong literacy skills by working with both children and parents to create healthy habits for the whole family. The YWCA currently offers classes on Fridays at the …

How To Create a Literate Home

There are many things parents and caregivers can do to create a home environment that makes children ready and excited to read and write. This resource from PBS Parents gives some helpful ideas for setting up a “literate home” for kids of all ages: For babies and toddlers, having an area with lots of toys, children’s music and age-appropriate books …

Five Ways Teachers Can Make It Easier for English-Language Learners

Have you ever visited a place where you did not speak the language? Not only do you have trouble communicating or understanding words, but there are also lots of cultural misunderstandings that can occur as well. Students who are English-language learners not only deal with these challenges on a daily basis, but are expected to learn math, science, history and …

Why American Students Haven’t Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

National data show that American students have remained fairly stagnant in terms of reading proficiency in the last 20 years. Why? This article in The Atlantic reports on reflections on this lack of progress by education experts. In particular, it calls into question whether the traditional approach of education, which prioritizes teaching reading skills, is overlooking the need for content-specific …