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Barbara Bush, Ann LePage show up in person at Brewer Maine school as Skype session goes live – Bangor Daily News

Nok-Noi Ricker | Bangor Daily News | Brewer, ME — Former first lady Barbara Bush and Maine first lady Ann LePage appeared larger than life on a screen as they video-chatted Monday afternoon with […]

Plant City Florida literacy academy director guides with the memories of her own challenges

Belinda Kramer | Tampa Bay Times – Rosibel Velasco, 29, from Mexico is a recent example of a student who began with basic literary skills. Her most recent test results indicated she had advanced three levels in one year. Although she is not yet fluent in English, she has mastered a strong vocabulary base and continues to excel with the patient help of her teacher, Jenny Bair. In Spanish, she talked about how she began pursuing her dream of learning English at the academy, a 15-minute walk from her home. […]

Plant City Florida literacy academy director; Angelica Ibarra guides with the memories of her own challenges

Belinda Kramer | Tampa Bay Times – Angelica Ibarra will always remember the strawberry fields of Plant City. They are an important part of her past. Coming to America from her native Mexico, she learned at an early age that she had to follow the crops of strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, citrus and apples instead of following only the lesson plans. Her favorite Amelia Bedelia books and education were always put aside. “You have to learn to leave everything,” Ibarra said. “Growing up as a migrant you can’t attach yourself to a teacher or a friend. You don’t get attached to a home because you always have to leave. Unless you’ve gone through it you wouldn’t understand.” Ibarra brings that understanding to the Hispanic adults and children she works with every day as the executive […]

Why Family Literacy Matters: Impact on America’s Next Generation

Jeb Bush | Sunshine State News – With the right setting, and the right school leaders, Florida provided a great place to try dual-generational learning where parents and their young children could go to school together. I’m sold by the results: parents gain an average of 1.5 grade-levels per year and their young children — who start our program well below average in reading — enter […]

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Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
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