This September 24-26, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) presents the 2018 Families Learning Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Each year, NCFL enlists inspiring and thought-provoking leaders in education and literacy to keynote General Sessions. We’re excited to reveal this year’s lineup of keynote speakers! Dr. Sharroky Hollie Opening Session, September 24, 2018 Dr. Sharroky Hollie is a national educator who provides professional development to thousands of educators in the area of cultural responsiveness. Since 2000, Dr. Hollie has trained over 150,000 educators and worked in nearly 2000 classrooms. Going back 25 years, he has been a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels, a central office professional development coordinator in Los Angeles Unified School District, a school founder and administrator, and a university professor in teacher education at the Cal State University. Sharroky has also been a visiting professor for Webster University in St. Louis and a guest lecturer at Stanford and UCLA. Stanley Holder General Session, September 25, 2018 Stanley R Holder is a member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. He is a former Vice President of the tribe and has served in various capacities as an employee and member of tribal committees. In 2013, Mr. Holder retired from the Bureau of Indian Education where he served as the Director of Student Services at Riverside Indian School which is an Indian Boarding school and the Acting Associate Deputy Director of the Division of Performance and Accountability. His most recent position is as the Executive Director of the Acoma Tribal Department of Education. He has over 30 years of experience in developing and managing education, behavioral, mental health, and economic development programs and projects for federally recognized tribes and tribal community organizations. Other positions he has held include being a consultant to the Comprehensive Center at the University of Oklahoma and as the Director of the Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center in the Education Development Center, under a contract with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice. He has published articles on the Therapeutic Model development at BIE residential schools and designed and managed the organizational structure for the Therapeutic Model at Riverside Indian School. Brad Meltzer Banquet Celebration, September 25, 2018 Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and nine other bestselling thrillers including The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book, The Escape Artist, also just debuted at #1. In addition to his fiction, Mr. Meltzer is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for Non-Fiction (History Decoded), Advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), Children’s Books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even comic books (Justice League of America), for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel. The Hollywood Reporter recently put him on their list of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. Mr. Meltzer is also responsible for helping find the missing 9/11 flag that the firefighters raised at Ground Zero, making national news on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Tom Vander Ark Closing Brunch, September 26, 2018 Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for powerful learning experiences that prepare youth for the automation economy. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises school districts, colleges, and impact organizations on the path forward. A prolific writer and speaker, Mr. Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart, Smart Cities, and Smart Parents and has published thousands of articles, co-authored more than 50 books and white papers. He writes regularly on his Education Week blog, Vander Ark on Innovation, and contributes to GettingSmart.com, Medium, HuffPost, and LinkedIn. Previously he served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mr. Vander Ark served as a public school superintendent in Washington State and has extensive private sector experience. He is Board Chair of Charter Board Partners, Director for 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, eduInnovation, and Imagination Foundation. Join us to learn from these speakers and the over 100 concurrent sessions in adult education, American Indian/Alaskan Native, early childhood education, English learners, research and policy, and two-generation learning. Register today! Save $100! Early bird rate ends July 1st.
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