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The National Center for Families Learning will present the 2019 Families Learning Conference Nov. 4-6 in Louisville, KY. This year's Conference will be one for the books, as NCFL celebrates 30 years of empowering families through education solutions.

We will officially begin our exciting time together Monday morning with Dr. Karen L. Mapp at our Opening Session. For more than 20 years, Dr. Mapp has focused her research and practice on the cultivation of partnerships among families, community members, and educators that support student achievement and school improvement. Her discussion with Conference attendees will cover the Dual Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships. Dr. Mapp’s extensive knowledge and research allowed her to push for change in legislative verbiage from ‘parental involvement’ to ‘family engagement’ during her time as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Education in 2013 as the Every Student Succeeds Act was being crafted. Attendees will learn more about how schools and families can work together to ensure student success.

Following her keynote, Dr. Mapp will be signing her latest book, Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success. Books may be purchased during the book signing and at Registration during open hours.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, our general session will feature Dr. Debbie Reese, who is tribally enrolled at Nambe’ Pueblo and the founder and publisher of American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL), an online resource that is widely used in the creation, publication, review, and teaching of children’s and young adult books. Dr. Reese is a longtime advocate for Native representation and has used her position and experience to uplift and educate the American Indian student. She will deliver her keynote titled “Fact and Fiction in Children’s Books about American Indians.” Dr. Reese will discuss the importance of truth in stories about the Native people and their fight for their rights as the original peoples of this land.

Tuesday’s Conference Banquet will be emceed by Co-Anchor of ABC’s Nightline Byron Pitts, who has an extraordinary life story of being illiterate until age 12, but through determination and perseverance, became an award-winning journalist and author. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from our special guest speaker Shigeru Hayakawa, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Toyota Motor Corporation, who will speak about the impactful 28-year partnership between NCFL and Toyota and present the 2019 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Awards.

Rounding out the full three days of learning and networking opportunities will be Marcus Shingles, our Closing Brunch speaker on Wednesday. Shingles is an innovative thought leader and social-impact minded executive. His work with disruptive innovation has allowed him to lead multiple Fortune 200 organizations into technological preparedness and success. He has worked with the Los Angeles and Boston public school systems to bring ‘exponential entrepreneurial’ training to high school students, teaching them about robotics, drones, 3D printing, bitcoin, artificial intelligence, and biotech while incorporating current business practices. Shingles will share his experiences and expertise with us, discussing how he has used his knowledge to share with students across the globe.

Join NCFL along with these and hundreds of other presenters and attendees to gain exposure to a network of peers and funders, industry knowledge, and new teaching methods at the 2019 Families Learning Conference in Louisville, KY.

Register today!


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Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $50 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.

Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.

Read more about Toyota's commitment to communities

William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

NCFL received its very first donation in 1989 from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust to promote and implement family literacy programming, first in Kentucky and North Carolina and later nationwide. The Kenan Family Literacy Model in part laid the groundwork for 30 years of subsequent family literacy and family learning programming developed by NCFL.

Kenan has continued to support NCFL’s place-based family literacy programs since our inception. Most recently, it has invested in our organization’s Sharon Darling Innovation Fund, which will launch emerging ideas and programmatic evolutions in the multigenerational learning space.

Learn more about the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation began partnering with NCFL in 2006. A signature effort of this partnership is the National Literacy Directory, a resource that launched in 2010 and strives to guide potential students and volunteers to literacy services, community education programs, and testing centers in their communities.

The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.

Dollar General also provides support for development of NCFL’s innovative family learning resources centered on financial literacy and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®.

Learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

PNC Grow Up Great

PNC Grow Up Great believes deeply in the power of high-quality early childhood education and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community organizations to enhance children's learning and development.

PNC Grow Up Great has partnered with NCFL since 1994, most recently in Louisville, Kentucky, to support Say & Play with Words, our pre-Kindergarten vocabulary-building initiative.

NCFL's work is also featured on the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. The Lesson Center includes over 100 free, high-quality preschool lesson plans and research-based instructional techniques and strategies. All lesson plans contain Home/School Connections printouts, in English and Spanish, to help families extend and reinforce the learning at home.

Learn more about PNC Grow Up Great

U.S. Department of Education

Initiated through the U.S. Department of Education in 2018, the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC) program provides 12 grantees and 13 states with five-year, $5 million grants to promote and implement systemic evidenced-based family engagement strategies. NCFL was selected to lead SFECs in two states, Arizona and Nebraska, and is a primary partner for two other SFECs in Kentucky and Maryland/Pennsylvania. 

The SFECs work to support family engagement through state- and local-level agencies while providing both professional development to school districts and direct services to families related to children’s academic outcomes and overall well-being.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of Education

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

NCFL was named a recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s "Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenge," which seeks to elevate diverse voices in order to broaden the conversation about the issues inhibiting economic mobility and generate deeper awareness along with actionable understanding. NCFL will develop and launch a podcast series that will highlight the remarkable stories of low-income, diverse families across the U.S. who have improved their communities through Family Service Learning.

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