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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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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…

Love Letters From Vietnam

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NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2015 /Forty million veterans have served in the United States military since 1776 - yet very few have their story shared. But a chance encounter between a military daughter and a critically-acclaimed musician led to discovering a story of service, sacrifice and redemption during one of America's most fascinating wars. Jennifer Fuller was sitting at a theater in Austin, TX, at a performance by singer-songwriter Alex Woodard, when she was captivated by his songs based off of letters he had received. Having found a cardboard box filled with letters written back in time by her late father - a sergeant during the Vietnam War - and a present day compilation of notes she penned to him, Jennifer had a feeling: she had letters for Alex – and perhaps he had a song for her. Her hunch held strong, and after they met, Alex was immediately inspired to bring Sergeant John Fuller's story…