NEWS AND EVENTS
Thanks to the generosity of the surrounding community, each Helms Elementary student got to take home a book to keep that they can read and enjoy over the holiday break.
The seeds for this giveaway were planted by Cynthia Clark, a Helms parent who also volunteers her time reading to other Helms students. In chatting with one of the students, Clark asked her what her favorite book at home was to read. When the student replied that she had one book in her home library – and when school librarian Karla Hardin confirmed that the same was likely true for many students – Clark got to work.
Dr. Karen Mapp, Senior Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and renowned expert in family and community engagement, continues to collaborate with Scholastic Education to increase access to the research, strategies and tools needed to implement successful home-to-school partnership initiatives in districts across the country.
If all goes according to plan, books such as "Charlotte's Web" and "The Magic School Bus" will spark the imaginations of 27,000 Baltimore County Public Schools students this summer.
For the second year, books have been distributed to 47 Title I schools across the county as part of a summer reading program, with the goal of reducing the achievement gap between high and low-income students.
Each student at the elementary and middle schools had the opportunity to choose five of 10 age-appropriate books to read over the summer.
"They get to pick out books, which makes it more enjoyable for them," said Laura Bissonette, a facilitator of the program at Lansdowne Elementary. "The kids really get into it. They get to choose what type of books they enjoy."
The new National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) hopes to lead efforts to garner much-needed financial and legislative support for an issue that many acknowledge is heralded as a crucial component of school improvement but is often neglected.
Now is an excellent time for all of us to renew our commitment to ensuring all children succeed.
New guidelines recommend reading to children every day starting from the time they're born.
Garland schools and Scholastic Corporation inspire kids to read this summer.
Read the Summer Reading Plans from our three contest winners.
The newest edition to its emerging Family and Community Engagement features Literacy Event kits for grades pre-k to 5.
Creating an effective family-school partnerships to support student achievement and school improvement.