The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited to bring insightful conversations with the nation’s thought leaders in education to the Families Learning Conference 2017. Whatever your interest—funding, two-generation education, data collection, research, early childhood education, adult education, English language learners, American Indian education, library initiatives, or black male achievement—you’re sure to find discussions that are meaningful and beneficial to your area of work. (You just may have trouble deciding which to attend!) Ralph Smith, senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and managing director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, will lead a panel discussion with a diverse group of funders who are focusing on investing in education solutions for families. Learn from funders themselves about the strategies, results, and initiatives that are rising to the top in their giving portfolios. You will hear from Dorian Burton, assistant executive director at the William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust, Karen Ortiz, vice president of Helios Education Foundation, and Tony Peyton, program officer at the C.E. & S. Foundation. What role does a library play in a child’s transition to kindergarten and how is that role changing? Hear insights from Susan Benton, president and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, Dr. Margaret Caspe, senior research analyst for the Global Family Research Project, Sue Kirschner, youth literacy and outreach manager of Cuyahoga County Public Library, Kendra Davey, literacy initiatives program manager of Pima County Public Library, and Dr. Josh Cramer, vice president of NCFL. Brought to the Conference by the Urban Libraries Council and NCFL, this session is sponsored by Better World Books. You won’t want to miss hearing Terri Clark, Arizona literacy director, and Nicol Russell, deputy associate superintendent for early childhood in the Arizona Department of Education as they present their innovative partnership work in the state. Read On Arizona is the state's early literacy initiative focused on improving outcomes for children ages birth-8. Effective leadership in today's highly complex environment requires the ability to work with partners and stakeholders to implement effective strategies that address the challenges all communities face. In this session, participants will explore the challenges and success of developing and implementing collaborative, results-focused strategies, holding mutual accountability for continuous improvement, and accelerating aligned action to achieve collective impact focused on early literacy. Hear from the nation’s preeminent leaders working to drive positive outcomes for black men and boys. A highly engaging panel will be led by Dorian Burton, assistant executive director at the William R. Kenan, Jr., Charitable Trust and co-founder of the TandemED Initiative for Black Male Achievement and Community Improvement, which is both a local and national initiative focused on scholarly excellence in promoting research, practice, and policy that create pathways to success for black men and boys. Dorian will lead an important and eye-opening discussion with Dr. Brian Barnes, co-founder & president of TandemEd LLC, Leon Ford, founder of Leon Ford Speaks, LLC, Dr. Robert Simmons, vice president of strategy and innovation of Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), and Trabian Shorters, founding CEO of BMe Community. The Superintendent’s Family Literacy Roundtable presents an opportunity for attendees to engage in a discussion of family literacy from a school-system level. The roundtable will explore strategic decisions that can be made from the top that result in high-quality family literacy programming. You will learn how to engage your district leadership in the importance of family learning. Topics such as how to fund family literacy, successful family literacy staffing structures, and family literacy-centric decision making will be primary themes. Participating superintendents will engage in a facilitated panel discussion followed by questions from the audience. NCFL board member and former superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools and Puyallup Public Schools, Dr. E Susan Gourley, will facilitate the discussion with Dr. Jim D. Rollins, superintendent of Springdale Public Schools and Dr. Brian T. Binggeli, superintendent of Plano Independent School District. This session will feature state human services/policy leaders on 2Gen approaches and opportunities for local organizations to drive state policy across party lines: with directors and/or deputies in human services agencies across Mississippi, Washington, Utah, Maine, and Pennsylvania, among other states, this session will highlight the policy opportunities for 2Gen approaches in key states with a focus on how local leadership and on-the-ground efforts can inform and mobilize policy shifts at the state levels. This session is designed to inspire educators as they learn about a family literacy model with over 27 years of proven success. This session will address the achievement gaps for American Indian children and schools as well as how to support parents/primary caregivers in their role as their child’s first and most influential teacher. Hear a panel discussion that includes the partners that support the FACE initiative: the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE); National Center for Families Learning (NCFL); Parents as Teachers (PAT); and Research & Training Associates, Inc. (RTA). Do you fully understand the impact of Unconscious Bias on your professional and personal effectiveness? All evaluative processes by people about people—such as when, where, why, and how we work with parents/guardians, learners, educators, community partners—are affected by unconscious bias. This interactive and experiential workshop will introduce the concept of unconscious bias—the mental shortcuts our brains take to help us make decisions quickly. This workshop is for you if you'd like to develop a deeper understanding of the filters through which you view the world; explore key learnings about the mind and the research that underlies unconscious bias, and identify ways to break the biases that hinder human engagement and collaboration. Don't miss out! Register today. These are just the featured sessions. Register for the Families Learning Conference 2017 and have the opportunity to choose from an additional 100 concurrent sessions presented by professionals in family literacy. You are sure to leave this conference with new contacts and best practices to take to your community. Click here to complete your registration online.
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
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.Foundation Website