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Apr 10, 2019 |
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The WonderPros have teamed up to bring you some introductory FREE webinars about using Wonderopolis® in the classroom as well as extending learning into homes. These 30- 45-minute webinars will serve as an overview of the content educators can expect in Wonderopolis’ upcoming professional development opportunities and will ensure they receive an invitation and special offer when registration opens.

If you can’t make the live webinar, be sure to register, anyway. We’ll send you a link to the replay to view as your schedule allows.

Join Wonderopolis® Community Manager, John MacLeod, for an introduction to Using Wonder to Increase Family Engagement on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

“I’d like to be more involved with my child’s learning at home but it’s hard to find the time.”  It’s a familiar phrase but it forces us to ask the question: how can we help families be more engaged in their students’ learning?  Join this webinar to get specific strategies on how Wonderopolis® can bring families together to read and wonder. As an educator, you’ll get resources to share with your parents to help your students continue their learning at home.  As a parent/caregiver, you’ll receive several quick examples of how Wonderopolis can be a springboard for great conversations and deeper learning that’s fun and interesting.

On Thursday, April, 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., Wonderopolis® Content Creator Amanda Free and Kristie Ennis, educator and consultant,  bring you #WonderHour: Sparking Wonder in Literacy Learning.

The spark of wonder we all feel as young learners tends to fade rather rapidly in adolescence and even more so when the realities of adulthood take over our lives. In order to grow as lifelong learners, we must rekindle that passion for questioning the world around us. In this session, we will explore #WonderHour, a way to re-capture the inquiry mindset in a literacy learning environment that encourages student choice, voice, and ownership of academic success.

This webinar will examine ways to incorporate #WonderHour in your classroom and reflect on the importance of wonder in academic success. Join us as we discuss how #WonderHour can help your students develop the 21st century’s most desired skills.

Join Wonderopolis® Developmental Editor and jack-of-all trades, Wendee Mullikin and Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University professor of English and education, on May 9th, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. They’ll be introducing Multimodal Writing: Beyond Boring Non-Fiction.

Teachers continue to serve diverse populations of readers and writers, especially in grades 3-8. Non-fiction, in particular, requires unique skills of our students as they consume online articles and produce their own publications. In an era of distraction, how might we engage our students with high-interest, inquiry-based texts?

In this 30- 45-minute webinar, join the team from Wonderopolis® as we explore these questions and ideas. As an introduction to our four-part course on informational reading and writing in digital spaces, you will:

  • Examine a few of our 2300 free, openly-available Wonders of the Day® as high-quality and high-interest non-fiction text,
  • Explore advanced features of the Wonders, looking at connections for vocabulary and comprehension instruction as well as to support visual literacy, and
  • Discuss opportunities for using the Wonders as mentor texts, inspiring students as writers who are creating their own non-fiction articles and multimodal projects.

Keep WONDERing with us! And don’t forget to sign up for:

Using Wonder to Increase Family Engagement on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

#WonderHour: Sparking Wonder in Literacy Learning on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Multimodal Writing: Beyond Boring Non-Fiction on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Did you miss the first webinar in the series? Catch the replay: Wonderopolis 101: A Crash Course in Curiosity hosted by John MacLeod, Wonderopolis Community Manager.


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Toyota Family Learning Program

Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $50 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.

Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.

Read more about Toyota's commitment to communities

William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

NCFL received its very first donation in 1989 from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to promote and implement family literacy programming, first in Kentucky and North Carolina and later nationwide. The Kenan Family Literacy Model in part laid the groundwork for 30 years of subsequent family literacy and family learning programming developed by NCFL.

Kenan has continued to support NCFL’s place-based family literacy programs since our inception. Most recently, they invested in the organization’s Innovation Fund, which will launch emerging ideas and programmatic evolutions in the multigenerational learning space.

Learn more about the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation began partnering with NCFL in 2006. A signature effort of this partnership is the National Literacy Directory, a resource that launched in 2010 and strives to reach the 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma by guiding them to better-paying, more stable jobs.

The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.

Dollar General also provides support for development of NCFL’s innovative family learning resources centered on financial literacy and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®.

Learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

PNC Grow Up Great

PNC Grow Up Great believes deeply in the power of high-quality early childhood education and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community organizations to enhance children's learning and development.

PNC Grow Up Great has partnered with NCFL since 1994 to advance early literacy and learning resources for vulnerable families. Current efforts supported by PNC include a collaborative initiative in two at-risk Detroit communities that engages families to support vocabulary development for children under age 5.

NCFL's work is also featured on the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. The Lesson Center includes over 100 free, high-quality preschool lesson plans and research-based instructional techniques and strategies. All lesson plans contain Home/School Connections printouts, in English and Spanish, to help families extend and reinforce the learning at home.

Learn more about PNC Grow Up Great

Better World Books

Better World Books selected NCFL as its domestic literacy partner in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million to support NCFL’s work and donated more than $15 million to support literacy and education efforts worldwide. Better World Books is a triple-bottom-line online bookstore, working equally for people, planet and profit. Each book purchased powers literacy across the world.

Better World Books’ support of NCFL has provided books and workshops to families after Hurricane Katrina, donated large book donations to literacy programs and families nationwide and fueled innovative family literacy and learning programs and resources in libraries, schools and community-based organizations. In addition to their work for literacy and education, Better World Books diverts books from landfills and offers carbon-balanced shipping.

Read more about Better World Books

Goodling Institute

NCFL has partnered with the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University since 2001, working collaboratively to further research, professional development, and policy efforts for family literacy and intergenerational learning.

The work of this partnership includes, but is not limited to, a strong research strand at NCFL's national annual convening, the Families Learning Summit; advocacy for family literacy and learning to further support for and inclusion of family-focused education in new and ongoing legislation; and dissemination of the latest research, resources, information, and professional development opportunities for literacy and learning practitioners and advocates, including the Certificate in Family Literacy provided by the Goodling Institute.

Learn more about the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University