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Charter School Defies Odds: Thurgood Marshall Academy in D.C.
Few things are more gratifying to us than seeing how one generation can help the next generation succeed. On Aug 20, 2010, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools wrote: In recent weeks, three high-performing public charter schools were featured in local and national news. The Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington, D.C., was profiled in a “CBS Evening News” segment titled “Charter School Defies Odds.”

Anna Fitzhugh Helps Kids with Learning Disabilities
There's a special place in our hearts for kids of all ages who struggle with learning disabilities, reading difficulties and dyslexia. CCF celebrates those who are making a difference in these kids' lives. One such person is Anna Fitzhugh.

25 most provocative questions in science
On November 14, 1978, the New York Times published its first issue of Science Times. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Science Times, the newspaper editors selected 25 of the most provocative questions facing science. Here are the 25 questions, linked to articles in the NY Times website.

Bella the Movie
After watching the award-winning film Bella I have mixed feelings about it. Am I glad I saw it? Yes. Would I recommend it to others? My answer would be a qualified yes. I like the movie but not the manner it is being presented, or rather misrepresented, by the media campaign surrounding it.

Audiobooks: An educator's response
Yes, kids do need to physically practice their reading skills-- but for those who find reading an awful chore, I strongly advocate letting them listen to an audiobook as a reading assignment.

Memorial Day Musings
A teacher and parent of an American soldier reminisces on what Memorial Day means to her and asks, "regardless of your faith in God, or lack of it; or your personal beliefs about this war, please remember the Americans who unselfishly gave the ultimate sacrifice."

Great activities for children from
animated gif of the word "great" with a pulsating star in itWhen we discover what we consider to be great resources parents, teachers and educators can use to build into children's lives the love of learning we like to share them with CCF site visitors. is one such resource and Zack Johnston is the educator who's put it together.

Are Audiobooks Cheating Our Children?
What are your thoughts on using audiobooks with kids? We'd love to hear from you: Read the article and share your opinions and experiences with audiobooks by writing to us via our contact form.

Eyes and Ears Understand Differently
PITTSBURGH--A study by Carnegie Mellon University scientists shows that because of the way the brain works, we understand spoken and written language differently, something that has potential implications in the workplace and in education, among many other areas.

Breaking Down Barriers
"Tufts literacy expert Maryanne Wolf has pioneered ground-breaking research that has led to advances in dyslexia testing and treatment." [ Visit Website ]

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Charter School Defies Odds: Thurgood Marshall Academy in D.C.
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