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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

The Thank List


Our mission is to make the world a more thoughtful and caring place.

American Greetings is rooted in creating meaningful connections.

For over 100 years, we‘ve been bringing people together through expressions of happiness, laughter and love. But culture declared a crisis:
95% of Americans believe we have a civility problem.
70% think incivility has risen to crisis levels.*
So we decided to propose a cure: gratitude.

The remedy for a rude world starts with reminding people to say two simple words: “Thank You.” Multiplied by millions, this small act can manifest big change. To kick off the movement, we‘re introducing a new cultural notion. We‘ve all heard of a bucket list: to combat thanklessness we‘re creating the ThankList.
It‘s an initiative that challenges people to create a list of individuals they want to thank for helping to shape their life. They can be family, friends, influential strangers, anyone. Research proves that simply writing down what you are grateful for triggers the positive benefits of gratitude. The ThankList is a catalyst for expressing gratitude and heartfelt forum in which to do so.

 Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple follows five real people who create a personal ThankList and then epically fulfill it. We’ve all heard of a bucket list, but what about a ThankList? Two-time OSCAR® winning filmmaker, Barbara Kopple partnered with American Greetings to follow five real people creating and fulfilling a very personal ThankList: a list of individuals you want to thank for shaping you as a person. Each journey is different. Every connection is powerful.

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