You are invited to attend National Center for Families Learning's free Family Teacher of the Year webinar events! This webinar series is based on a new book now available from NCFL, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities: 20 Years of Highly Effective Teaching Practices Supporting Two-Generation Learning.

Stronger Families, Stronger Communities uncovers the common practices of 20 of the nation's best teachers-those receiving the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award across two decades -highlighting their most effective teaching strategies for supporting two-generation learning.

With a firm commitment to families, these award-winning teachers share their approaches to strengthening families and communities. The hard work and determination of each of these Toyota Family Teacher of the Year recipients go well beyond the basic tasks of teaching in order to best support families and help them succeed at life.

Their stories inspire and motivate. Their collective wisdom provides valuable insight for family learning practitioners. The teachers taught and personalized their teaching to each student. They shared and gave of themselves. They showed up and never gave students less than what they deserved. Their lessons learned provide insight into what works and what doesn't work-but perhaps more importantly, what worked for them.

We invite you into their two-generation worlds to read their stories, reflect on their practices, and benefit from their experiences-creating stronger families and communities. You'll hear from five of these high-performing teachers in this Webinar series.

AUTHOR HIGHLIGHTS - TEACHER TO TEACHER

  • Dr. Josh Cramer, NCFL
  • Kim Jacobs, NCFL
  • Patricia Lovett, NCFL


KRISTEN WHITAKER - TEACHER TO TEACHER WEBINAR 1

Award Year – 2015 High School History Teacher, Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Washington, DC. As a full time history teacher, Kristen works to engage families of her students through home visits. According to her principal, Maria Tukeva, Kristen has developed family engagement skills that go well beyond the expectations and imagination of the school. Maria shares that, “Through perseverance and continual learning, Kristen devised countless ways of using what she learned about families and students during home visits, to differentiate her classroom teaching." Kristen is the only high school teacher to receive the Toyota Teacher of the Year award.


ELIZABETH ATACK - TEACHER TO TEACHER WEBINAR 2

Award Year – 2014 Library Program Manager, Nashville Public Library, Nashville, Tennessee
Elizabeth (Liz) Atack works at Nashville Public Library (NPL), where she oversees Bringing Books to Life (BBTL), a preschool literacy outreach program. In addition to managing the program's daily and long range operations, she is on the front lines of helping kids learn (and love!) to read, juggling story times, trainings for teachers and reading workshops for parents. Under her leadership, BBTL has won local and national awards. Locally, Liz is the vice chair of Alignment Nashville's Pre-K Team and serves on advisory boards for local early education and parent engagement organizations. Before coming to NPL in 2007, Liz was a teacher and museum educator. She graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and holds a Master's Degree in Childhood Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City.


NCFL'S DONNA ELDER & PATRICIA LOVETT - TEACHER TO TEACHER WEBINAR 3


AMY HALL - TEACHER TO TEACHER WEBINAR 4

Award Year – 2005 Early Childhood Teacher, Hannahville Community School FACE Program, Wilson, Michigan
Amy holds a Bachelor's Degree with teacher certification in Child Care, Family Life Education, and Home Economics. She was the early childhood teacher for the Hannahville Family and Child Education (FACE) program on the Potowatomi Reservation, Hannahville, Michigan, at the time of her award. She has extensive experience working with children from birth to five years of age, in her community and in northern Michigan. Eleven years after the Teacher of the Year honor, and after 18 years of working in the Hannahville FACE program, Amy is still very much involved in working with families. A few years ago, she traded in her preschool teacher hat to work more closely with the adults in the adult education classroom.


JEAN FAHEY - TEACHER TO TEACHER WEBINAR 5

Award Year – 2016 Parent Educator, South Shore Hospital, Weymouth, MA
Jean Ciborowski Fahey, Ph.D., has been active in the field of early literacy for nearly 40 years. Jean designed the South Shore Hospital Reading Partnership to educate the community about the profound opportunity parents have to build a reading brain in a children's first five years, and prevent children from experiencing early reading problems. Jean teaches, blogs, and speaks on a variety of early literacy topics, targeting parents and those who work with parents. Prior to working at South Shore Hospital, Jean assessed young children for reading difficulties at Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, worked as an adjunct language and literacy professor at Lesley University, and as an early literacy specialist with the national office of Reach Out and Read. At the Massachusetts State Department of Education, office of Adult Basic Education, she coordinated family literacy services for Massachusetts' most vulnerable families.


MARK FALONI - TEACHER TO TEACHER WEBINAR 6

Award Year – 2006 Adult Education/ESL Instructor, Briya Public Charter School, Washington, DC
After graduating from college with degrees in Spanish and education, Mark knew he wanted to work in the Latino community. Originally from Baltimore, where there wasn't a huge Latino community in the late 1980's, he decided to move closer to the District of Columbia where the immigrant population was much larger. His professional career began when he took a job with an Even Start Program as an ESL teacher, working with Latino high schoolers and their babies. Twenty-some years later, Mark still works in the program, serving upwards of 450-500 student families on a yearly basis. Collaborating with Mary's Center and Briya Public Charter School, the program's plan and vision continues in that educated families can be healthier families.



For more information contact Patricia Lovett plovett@familieslearning.org.

Click Here to learn more about our new Teacher of the Year book, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities.