Learning from Library Leaders: Strategies for Coaching and Consulting
Jul 24
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Libraries Professional Learning

Learning from Library Leaders: Strategies for Coaching and Consulting

Sharon Morris of the Colorado State Library shares her ideas about the art of consulting to create change. 

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New Ideas for Libraries to Engage Families and Youth
Jun 11
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Libraries Research

New Ideas for Libraries to Engage Families and Youth

Learn how libraries are engaging families with school-age children to learn together, explore cultural topics, and find resources to plan for their future.

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Parent Innovation Institute: Co-creating Solutions with Parents
May 24
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Early Childhood Education Family Engagement Professional Learning

Parent Innovation Institute: Co-creating Solutions with Parents

This post by Aida Mariam is the first in a two-part series about The Early Learning Lab’s Parent Innovation Institute.

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Family Engagement Professionals Find Support at Friday Café
May 7
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Family Engagement Early Childhood Education Professional Learning

Family Engagement Professionals Find Support at Friday Café

Our latest blog post highlights how the Friday Café model is connecting family-focused practitioners in Connecticut, California, and beyond.

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Designing a Public Library For and With Families
Apr 3
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Family Engagement Libraries

Designing a Public Library For and With Families

This post looks at how design influences families’ ability to work together in the library. Learn strategies for re-envisioning library spaces from architect Jeffrey Hoover.

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Arms of different people holding up light bulbs, like ideas
Feb 15
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Afterschool Libraries Policy

Leadership for Our Children

In celebration of Presidents’ Day, we highlight the ways leaders raise up, reach out, reimagine, relate, and reinforce when engaging with families.

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Every Child Ready for Math
Feb 8
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Early Childhood Education Family Engagement Research

Every Child Ready for Math

Librarians and families can talk, sing, read, and write about and play together to help every child to develop early math skills.

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 Finding Their Way: Family Engagement with Digital Math Activities Helps Children Develop Spatial Skills
Nov 9
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Digital Media Early Childhood Education

Finding Their Way: Family Engagement with Digital Math Activities Helps Children Develop Spatial Skills

Heather Sherwood and Ashley Lewis Presser of the Education Development Center describe ways families can build children’s spatial skills as part of their mathematical thinking. 

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Alphabet Letters in a Swirl
Sep 27
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Early Childhood Education Libraries

Fostering a Love of Literacy: Through Libraries, Schools, and Families

Heather Weiss writes how families, schools, communities, and libraries work together to promote strong literacy pathways for children.

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Teacher instructing student
Aug 28
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Early Childhood Education Libraries

Count on Families! Engaging Families in Math

As children return to school this fall, Margaret Caspe provides research-based tips to help families and educators work together to support children’s mathematical learning.

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Members of the 2015-16 Cambridge Youth Council sitting at the mayor's desk.
Aug 1
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Schools Afterschool

Youth Taking Leading Roles: Defining and Improving Family Engagement

In this post, Heather Weiss and Linda Jacobson capture the ways that schools and community organizations involve children and youth in improving family engagement.

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Older children in library with teacher
Nov 14
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Family Engagement Afterschool

Learning Pathways: Leading Our Children to Success in School and Life

Heather Weiss, M. Elena Lopez, and Margaret Caspe highlight how communities are shaping learning anywhere, anytime for children and youth.

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