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How To Fundraise For Books & Resources With First Book: “The Main Event”

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This will require planning, support, and input from your school/program community. Whether you opt for a bake sale, selling concessions during a school event or something more creative, there are plenty of options to generate funds to purchase the resources you

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Books for Kids and Hope for a Community

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In Forsyth County, North Carolina, H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat) of Winston-Salem knows there are people in the community who care about kids. H.O.P.E.’s mission is to use community-wide volunteer support to bring nutritious weekend meals to children who are

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How to Fundraise for Books & Resources with First Book: “Do the Math”

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Showing how you will impact the children you serve is an essential step in securing funding for the education resources you need. Demonstrating the ability to maximize every dollar you receive — and how much you will save by purchasing

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Pride, Books, and More with TFA’s Tim’m West

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With Pride Month already in full-swing, we recently had the chance to speak with Tim’m West, Senior Managing Director of Teach For America’s LGBTQ Community Initiative. We wanted to share his insights on advocating for and supporting LGBTQ youth, both

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Encouraging Reluctant Readers

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For a young kid, reading can seem intimidating. They have reading homework, reading tests, reading quizzes and there are always bigger, harder words out there to learn. Not only that, much of what they’re expected to read might not reflect

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7 Facts About English Language Learners … & How They’re Awesome!

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27% of U.S. children under age 6 come from homes where at least one parent speaks a language other than English.1 Relative to other U.S. children, dual language learners/English language learners are far more likely to live in poverty and in

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The Magic of Día: A Conversation with Author Lupe Ruiz-Flores

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The celebration of Día, or El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), can happen every day, but traditionally culminates each year on April 30th. This nationally recognized initiative emphasizes the importance of literacy for children

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Encouraging Literacy & Leadership with Games

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We recently had the opportunity to speak with Lisa Holton, president of Classroom, Inc. – a nonprofit that develops literacy and leadership skills for middle school students in high-poverty communities. The organization provides support for educators and works to put

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Tools of the Mind: Teaching Children Self-Regulation through Play

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Today’s guest blog post is by Dr. Deborah Leong, Executive Director of Tools of the Mind, and coauthor with Dr. Elena Bodrova of “Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education”, and Barbara Wilder-Smith, Director of Content

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Welcoming Week: Q&A with Author Anne Sibley O’Brien

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Welcoming Week is a special time of year. Communities across the country will come together to celebrate and raise awareness of immigrants, refugees and new Americans of all kinds. Whether it’s an event at your local art gallery or showing

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