How School Leaders Are Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Student Learning

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 3:30 EST, The Campaign for Grade Level Reading will showcase Dr. Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools and Footsteps2Brilliance, to discuss how Napa County and other organizations throughout the nation have used technology to prepare children for kindergarten and stem learning loss caused by the pandemic.

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Hawthorne School District Receives $100,000 Grant from GRoW @ Annenberg Foundation for Citywide Literacy Support

Hawthorne School District is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from GRoW @ Annenberg in the amount of $100,000 for the innovative work that Superintendent Dr. Helen Morgan is doing to support citywide literacy. This grant will be used to extend the successful literacy partnership the district developed with Footsteps2Brilliance®.  It provides access to Footstep2Brilliance’s proven bilingual pre-K to 3rd grade literacy solution to every family in the city of Hawthorne.

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ALAS Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Footsteps2Brilliance CEO, Ilene Rosenthal, has joined the ALAS Advisory Council based in Washington, DC.  ALAS, the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, is committed to serving the educational needs of all students with an emphasis on Latin/o/a/x youth by building capacity, promoting best practices, and transforming educational institutions.

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On the Go

This week's Family Friday will get you and your family outside and put your observation skills to the test. After reading On the Go, you will go on a transportation scavenger hunt. Have fun!

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Effective Literacy in Preschool

What should literacy instruction look like in a preschool classroom? As high-stakes testing puts more pressure on teachers and students, the spotlight is shifting to evaluate how we are preparing students in the years before kindergarten. Expectations for our early learners are going up. Many districts are struggling with how to help more children enter kindergarten ready and on a path to academic success. While it may be tempting to transform preschool classrooms to look more like kindergarten, the research shows that there are two literacy strategies that are proven to be developmentally appropriate and massively impactful for future reading success.

This graphic from the U.S. Department of Education illustrates these two practices in action. Based on the findings of What Works Clearinghouse, phonological awareness training and interactive and dialogic reading are effective strategies to put preschoolers on the path to reading success. 

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Patti’s Pockets

This week's Family Friday is a special arts and crafts project. Just like in the story, Patti's Pockets, you will collect items in your own "pockets" and then use what you collected to make a collage! Read our step-by-step guide on how to use everyday items to create something beautiful!

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The Alphabet Song

This week's Family Friday is a hands-on adventure. Explore your home find the every day objects that begin with your favorite letters to create an alphabet gallery. Have fun!

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What Am I Feeling?

This week's Family Friday will put your acting skills to the test! After you read about the different emotions in What Am I Feeling you will play a game of charades that is fun for all ages.

This week, there are BONUS game sheets you can print and do with your child at home or on the go!

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Full Moon Parade

This week's Family Friday is a fun interactive activity you can do on your own, or with others. After reading Full Moon Parade, you will bring the characters from the book to life and create your own scene. Have fun!

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Ursula the Umbrella Cockatoo

For this week's Family Friday you will make a present for our two-legged friends: the birds! Just like Ursula in Ursula the Umbrella Cockatoo, the birds in your neighborhood need a place to live. Read our step-by-step guide on how to build your very own birdhouse out of everyday items.

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