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Standing Up for What's Right | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
When speaking about children, James Baldwin noted that “we will all profit by or pay for what they become.” This weekend’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville—set against a national backdrop of escalating, discriminatory rhetoric and action towards Muslims, transgender individuals, immigrants and other marginalized groups—highlights the potency of Baldwin’s words, as well as the duty of parents and educators to engage in challenging conversations with children about racism, bias and how to stand up for what’s right. In fact, we’ve provided resources in the past for having these conversations in light of national events. Read full post

Let's Tackle the Summer Slide: Part 2! | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Thursday, July 6, 2017
The summer slide is well documented. Our own Katie Brohawn, Senior Director of Research, summarized this research in a post last August highlighting a study showing that students in low-income neighborhoods can lose two months of reading achievement over the course of a single summer. Luckily, we also know a wide range of strategies for keeping kids engaged in joyful literacy learning during the months off of school. Our LiteracyConnections blog series will share several of these strategies over the next several weeks. Read full post

Let's Tackle the Summer Slide! | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The summer slide is well documented. Our own Katie Browhan, Senior Director of Research, summarized this research in a post last August highlighting a study showing that students in low-income neighborhoods can lose two months of reading achievement over the course of a single summer. Luckily, we also know a wide range of strategies for keeping kids engaged in joyful literacy learning during the months off of school. Our LiteracyConnections blog series will share several of these strategies over the next several weeks. Read full post

SEL & Storytelling: The Power of Comics! | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Thursday, June 1, 2017
For several years, ExpandED Schools has partnered with The Comic Book Project, a literacy initiative dedicated to supporting the use of comic books as an educational tool in expanded learning programs. In this school year, we worked together to provide training and curriculum support to 41 expanded learning educators from organizations around the city who then led comic storytelling workshops with their students. Read full post

Infusing Poetry in Afterschool | LiteracyConnections

Rachel Roseberry
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Recently, 30 youth workers from DYCD after-school programs across the five boroughs gathered in our offices for a workshop entitled “Infusing Poetry in After-school Programs (Grades K-5).” National Poetry Month (in April) had just concluded, but the workshop concentrated on how to incorporate poetry into programming all year round. Read full post

Ourselves as Young Readers: Staff Round-Up | LiteracyConnections

Joel Nunez
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Ready Readers recently held a literacy institute for more than 75 after-school program directors, education specialists, teachers and community. One of the day's activities was having participants recreate themselves as young readers using art materials.This activity was so fun, we decided to ask our own ExpandED Schools staff to describe themselves as young readers. Enjoy these reflections! Read full post

You Never Outgrow a Read-Aloud | LiteracyConnections

Krista Jahn
Friday, December 11, 2015
When "The New York Times" wrote about the booming popularity of story time at libraries across the city, it offered a promising view of revamped read aloud practices. Increasingly, people are paying attention to the evidence on the vital importance of early exposure to reading and literacy activities, and the positive impact it has on children’s futures. As the prevalence of story times has grown, families, caregivers and teachers have been drawn to these opportunities to introduce new stories and activities into their children’s worlds. Read full post

The Power of Stories | Introducing Our New 'LiteracyConnections' Blog Series

Krista Jahn
Thursday, August 27, 2015
In a recent column in "The Atlantic," author Alaa Al Aswany shared one of his all-time favorite passages in literature. This passage came down to a single word – "also" – from a scene in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s "The House of the Dead," where a young man, incarcerated in prison, is dying while another prisoner looks on. The other prisoner begins to cry for him, and utters, “He, also, had a mother.” For Aswany, this one word captures our human experience and helps us to understand each other and our choices. Literature is not meant for judgement but rather to build understanding and empathy for other human beings. Read full post
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