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2010-02-16 15:45:00

Poring over the works of Dr. Seuss, the adventures of the Bernstain Bears or exploring the worlds of Hans Christian Andersen with a child has always been a great parent-child bonding exercise. But, according to George Georgiou, a University of Alberta professor in educational psychology, it is instrumental for English-speaking children if they are to acquire the language skills, particularly comprehension, essential to their future reading ability. Georgiou and his colleagues recently...

2010-02-05 12:59:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO, of Reading Is Fundamental: "On February 1, President Obama released his proposed FY2011 budget which eliminates the funding for Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and its nationwide services. Without this federal funding, over 4.4 million children and families will not receive free books or reading encouragement from RIF programs at nearly 17,000 locations throughout the U.S....

2009-12-14 17:52:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Toys for Tots Literacy Program is helping raise awareness of the issue of children's literacy and the importance of families reading together. See video from The UPS Store at: http://inr.mediaseed.tv/UPS_37213 A year-round initiative of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, the program offers our nation's most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to books and...

2009-11-16 08:15:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new Issue Brief by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) titled, "Career and Technical Education's Role in Adolescent Literacy," explains how career and technical education (CTE) can increase adolescent literacy engagement and achievement. CTE teachers are integrating content-area reading and writing strategies and a number of enrichment activities to help students gain and apply higher-level literacy skills, which...

2009-11-10 06:45:00

BOSTON, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Lionsgate, makers of the new movie "Precious," will be supporting a week of TwitCause, the largest social cause portal on Twitter, to help raise awareness and donations for Everybody Wins! USA, a children's literacy organization whose mission is to foster the skills and love of reading among low-income elementary students. Developed by ExperienceProject.com, TwitCause is designed to raise awareness and drive donations for various social issues by urging...

2009-11-04 07:30:00

SALVADOR, Brazil, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, at its fifth annual Worldwide Innovative Education Forum (IEF), Microsoft Corp. is celebrating the impressive work that teachers and school leaders from around the world are doing to help every student realize his or her full potential. In addition, Microsoft is announcing the launch one of the world's largest networks for educators at http://www.partnersinlearningnetwork.com. (Logo:...

2009-11-02 11:24:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Washtenaw Literacy, a non-profit organization devoted to eradicating adult illiteracy, has the daily privilege of seeing real-life case studies that showcase the impact of literacy needs on everyday life. The demand for the free one-on-one tutoring programs that Washtenaw Literacy's volunteer tutors provide is high. More tutors are needed. Please read the story of Esther and Veronica below and consider volunteering. Esther Brunssen has been a...

2009-10-14 14:28:02

A unique study of former guerrillas in Colombia has helped scientists redefine their understanding of the key regions of the brain involved in literacy. The study, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, has enabled the researchers to see how brain structure changed after learning to read. Language is a uniquely human ability that evolved at some point in the six million years since humans and chimpanzees diverged. Even without being taught or having...

2009-09-23 11:15:00

Record-breaking back-to-school campaign benefits children who lack adequate access to books WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2009 Book A Brighter Future campaign, a national partnership between Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy's to raise awareness and support of children's literacy, has raised $6.5 million for RIF thanks to the generosity of more than 2 million Macy's customers and employees. Since 2006, this campaign has taken place at Macy's stores during the...

2009-09-11 08:11:00

Efforts create partnerships with some of America's leading education organizations WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is taking part in the first official Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, a day established by President Obama and Congress to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 through acts of community service. In honor of September 11, RIF will sign a partnership agreement with the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) at...


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