In honor of National Literacy Month and students heading back to school, Reading IsFundamental (RIF) and Macy’s are offering new, free resources and digital tools to support the fight against the national literacy crisis. This year’s support of Back-to-School and National Literacy Month encompasses supplemental classroom materials for the whole family and resources for literacy advocates, parents, and caregivers. The newly created “Be Your Best You” social–emotional learning (SEL) collection focuses on the themes of confidence and empowerment. Through exercises and activities included in new educator guides and parent resources, students learn critical skills tied to empathy, tolerance, conflict resolution, and mindfulness. Literacy Network, RIF’s central portal with tools and resources needed for community stakeholders to take action, has launched new resources for back-to-school, including read-aloud guides, tips to create literacy centers in classrooms, literacy insights, webinars, best practice case studies, volunteer guides, and fundraising toolkits. And as children head back to school, Macy’s support of RIF’s matching grant program will provide more than 255,000 books to 126,775 students in 44 states and Puerto Rico during the 2019–2020 school year.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in February.
Read in Color is bringing diverse books to Little Free Library book-sharing boxes around the world. The program has four key components: Read in Color pledge; Little Free Library installations; Free diverse books; and Recommended reading lists.
Living Nations, Living Words, the signature project of United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, conveys through poetry that Native people and poets have vital and unequivocal roots in this country. The project features 47 contemporary Native poets reading and discussing their original poems.