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The Center for Literacy Studies (CLS) has a history of researching, conducting, and advocating for lifelong learning. As part of this goal, the School and Family Support team focuses its attention on learning that takes place in the home, in schools, and in the community. Through education, workshops, websites, resources, and research and analysis, we work with staff of agencies and schools, as well as with parents and community members, to ensure that information and resources about what works best for learning is available to teachers, family members, and others in the community who work with children and families.



The Child and Family team has helped its partners with building their unique web presence by doing extensive research on the subject, planning, designing and collaborating with professionals. A few examples of our work are below.



Read Tennessee Family portal offers a number of articles, video clips, websites and ideas about how to help a child learn and develop. Academic tools in Reading/language arts and math are included, as well as information about other areas of child development. Parents can also find out what Learning Standards are and what they can do to support their child’s learning at home. 

Read Tennessee Community portal provides information for community members about what is happening in schools today and how they can help, as well as information about area agencies, collaborations, and tutoring resources.

2 The State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) website provides information about why families need to be involved in their children’s education, and includes videos and resources about what parents can do at home to help children improve learning skills.
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The Guides below were created to help families and caregivers understand the TN Early Learning Standards in the areas of speech, language, social/emotional physical and cognitive development.

The Guides above are also available in Spanish:

Families Helping Children Become Better Readers contains ideas for parents to become more involved in their child’s education

Facilitator’s Guide for Families Helping Children Become Better Readers will assist you with planning and conducting a workshop for parents to help them learn ways in which they can encourage and support their children’s learning.

Helping Your Child at Home: Reading Strategies Parents Can Use: read to increase your child’s  literacy skills.

Bullying: What You Should Know and Do to Protect Your Child: information on how to prevent your child from academic, social and emotional difficulties tied to being bullied.

TN History Project: a Reader’s Theater multimedia project that combines technology, history, and literacy development.  It connects technology tools with rich content to help build the knowledge and literacy skills of students.

A Series of fact sheets to help your child with reading:

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School Data

TN Report Card  provides Adequate Yearly Progress data and annual comprehensive report card on Pre-K – 12 education.

National Center for Education Statistics (NAEP) serves the research, education and other interested communities and is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations.

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