August 2013 Reader Leader: Family Engagement Tips
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   A Resource By and For Educators August 2013   
War Stories: Helping Kids Find Solace in Tough Times
Peal Harbor

The words of survivors - in first-person accounts, novels, and historical fiction - do more than just calm our fears. They tell us about our history, about who we are and who we want to become. Blogger Suzanne McCabe shares her own 9/11 story and helps you start conversations with kids about trauma.

Start conversations with kids using survivor accounts >>

Reluctant Readers
To Motivate Means to Model - And It Starts at Home
Rob Furman

What's the difference between a reluctant reader and a struggling reader? And what role does hypocrisy play in motivating reluctant readers? Author and Principal Rob Furman breaks it all down for educators and parents alike.

What silent message are you sending your students? >>

'Student Success Is Tied to Involving
the Key Stakeholders in Their Lives'
Principal Stephanie Brant - renown nationwide for her no-homework policy - makes an impassioned case for family engagement, which she knows from research and experience can make or break the futures of the students in her low-income, largely immigrant school.

Student Success

Break the cycle of illiteracy by changing a family's culture >>

Read Every Day. Lead A Better Life.
Half of children ages 9 to 17 say they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to ebooks - a 50 percent increase since 2010.

Learn more in the latest Kids & Family Reading Report >>

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