Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE)
"Children face an unprecedented number of obstacles to learning today, whether it's poverty, language barriers, high rates of mobility or inadequate health care. Given this reality, it's even more important that we think of education and literacy development as everyone's job. Through Scholastic FACE, we provide programs, resources, and create partnerships that enable communities to reinforce learning for all young people."
— Greg Worrell, President of Scholastic Education
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- PreK–3 Students Gain Increased Access to Books with New Take-Home Book Packs from Scholastic
- Ron Mirr, Tonya Leslie and Dr. Rhonda Neal Waltman Join Scholastic to Lead Learning Supports and Family Engagement Initiatives
- Family Engagement Expert Dr. Karen Mapp and Scholastic Expand Collaboration with Launch of Workshop Series
- Scholastic Announces First-Of-Their Kind Literacy Events to Help Schools Support Family and Community Engagement
- Scholastic Announces New Team Focused on Family and Community Engagement (FACE) to Raise Student Achievement
Working in tandem with longtime partner organizations, school districts and education leaders, Scholastic FACE seeks to raise awareness of the critical importance of bridging the gaps between home, school, and the community, and to contribute its 90+ years of expertise in creating resources and programs that support schools and raise achievement. At a time when more than one in five school-age children are living in poverty, a wide array of research has demonstrated that outside-of-school factors and access to supports in the home and community have a direct impact on achievement and a child’s chances at leading a happy, successful life.
Advancing a child’s academic and personal success requires systemic and aligned literacy support that extends beyond the classroom and into the homes, families, and communities of all young people. Connecting every caring adult to ensure its effective and sustainable delivery is the guiding mission of Scholastic FACE.
Scholastic FACE provides programs and supports in five priority areas:
- Early Literacy: Scholastic provides affordable, high quality books, workshops and resources to early childhood educators to help emergent readers reach key developmental milestones.
- Family Engagement: Programs such as Scholastic Literacy Events and Read and Rise provide resources for educators and empower families to create literacy-rich environments in the home.
- Access to Books at Home: Through Scholastic’s long-lasting partnerships with literacy-focused organizations like Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and Reach Out and Read and through summer reading and MyBooks take-home book packs sold to school, districts, and local organizations, Scholastic helps ensure that every child has books in the home. Research shows access to books in the home leads to success in school and in life.
- Expanded Learning: Scholastic provides informative curriculum to engage students beyond the classroom through high-quality learning.
- Mentoring Partnerships: Building upon research that shows students with positive adult mentors are more likely to pursue higher education and have a better attitude toward school. Scholastic created Scholastic R.E.A.L.: Read. Excel. Achieve. Lead.™, which provides a framework and the tools to launch a literacy-focused mentoring program in any community.
In the Scholastic 2015 State Teacher of the Year Survey, educators revealed that overcoming barriers to learning is a clear priority.
- When asked what barriers to learning the respondents believe most affect their students’ academic success, more than three in four of the State Teachers of the Year cited “Family stress” (76%), followed by “Poverty” (63%), and “Learning and psychological problems” (52%).
- These results align well to the top three areas on which the State Teachers of the Year would focus school funding in order to have the highest impact on student learning: Anti-poverty initiatives (48%), early learning (37%), and reducing barriers to learning such as access to wrap-around services, healthcare, etc. (35%).
According to teacher survey data released by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 98% of teachers said greater family involvement and support would have a strong impact on academic achievement. More teachers said they believe in the importance of family involvement than in any other factor asked about in the survey.
- Young people who participate in mentoring programs are more likely to pursue higher education than those who do not participate.
- Children who grow up with books in the home achieve higher educational attainment than those who don’t.
- More than 20% of all school age children in the U.S. live in poverty. That number is expected to rise to as much as 25% by 2014.
- 79% of children entering kindergarten from low-income families do not recognize the letters of the alphabet.
- One-third of children ages 5–13 return to an empty home after school on any given afternoon—that’s more than 12 million kids.
The Annual Scholastic Family and Community Engagement Symposium:
This three-day interactive conference reviews pioneering research and presents strategies that focus on the use of literacy within families, communities and schools to bolster academic achievement.
- 2011 FACE Symposium Highlights
- 2012 FACE Symposium Highlights
- 2013 FACE Symposium Highlights
- 2014 FACE Symposium Highlights
- 2015 FACE Symposium
For more family and community tips and resources, visit edu@scholastic, Scholastic’s blog about education and learning.
Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Video
Dr. Karen Mapp's 3 Prerequisites of Effective Family and Community Engagement
Our partner Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy in pediatric exam rooms nationwide
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“Through Reach Out and Read, children at Queens Hospital Network in Queens, N.Y. receive books during pediatric exam visits.” Photo: Gerald Peart
“Through Reach Out and Read, children at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Queens, N.Y., receive books during pediatric exam visits.” Photo: Gerald Peart
FACE Book Covers
A selection of cover images in English and Spanish
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Video Scholastic's Commitment to Family and Community Engagement