Teachers Harness the Power of Family Literacy to Help Kids Learn to Read

Louisiana is currently dealing with a crisis: students are still struggling to catch up from time lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, test scores are down, and policy makers at all levels of state government are looking for ways to improve child literacy. To help address this crisis from a family-based, community-focused perspective, the Natchitoches Federation of Teachers and School Employees (NFT-SE) will host two workshops aimed at promoting family literacy and improving student success in reading.

Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. Family literacy programs have had success by promoting adults’ involvement in their children’s education, with a particular focus on fostering a love for reading.

These workshops are the result of a $28,000 Innovation Grant funded by the American Federation of Teachers. During the event, teachers will demonstrate to families how to share and discuss books with their children. NFT-SE has purchased books for each family to take home and continue sharing. These events are open to all students and families at the specific school where the event is held. NFT-SE has also purchased pizza and door prizes to encourage attendance and make the evening fun for the entire family.

WHO: Natchitoches Federation of Teachers & School Employees
WHAT: Family literacy training & book giveaway
WHEN: Thursday, February 9th 5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
WHERE: L.P. Vaughn Elementary School: 1500 Gold St, Natchitoches, LA

This is the second event in the two-part series.