President & Founder
Sharon Darling is the president and founder of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) located in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. NCFL is recognized as the leader in the field of family literacy, and is well known for placing family literacy – parents and children learning together – on the agenda for social change. Today the organization provides learning opportunities that reach more than 10 million adults and children annually.
Ms. Darling serves as an advisor on education issues for governors, policy makers, business leaders and foundations. She is well known for deploying family literacy—parents and children learning together—as an intergenerational pathway to literacy and self-sufficiency in hundreds of cities and communities throughout the nation, as well as many countries worldwide. Darling's work has created new educational models and has helped families across the United States achieve success through a two-generation approach to education. She has held key leadership positions at the local, state, and national level, and serves on the boards of numerous national and international organizations. Her advocacy has been instrumental in shaping government policies and laws that address critical societal issues such as early childhood education, school reform, and development of the workforce for today and tomorrow.
Darling is the recipient of many prestigious national awards, including the National Humanities Medal, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education, and the Harold W. McGraw Award for Outstanding Educator. She has received several honorary doctoral degrees for her contributions to education, has authored numerous articles, and is frequently quoted in the national news and featured in education-related features on television.