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 Family Learning Program
Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $35 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
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 reach the 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma by guiding them to better-paying, more stable jobs.
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®.Go to Dollar General Literacy Foundation's website
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 to advance early literacy and learning resources for vulnerable families. Current efforts supported by PNC include a collaborative initiative in two at-risk Detroit communities that engages families to support vocabulary development for children under age 5.
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.PNC Grow Up Great
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
NCFL has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation since January 2016. The Foundation is currently supporting a dynamic two-generation family engagement initiative that expands NCFL's Family Learning model into select Head Start programs nationwide. NCFL's model presents an innovative way to support Head Start programs in meeting outcomes aligned with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework.Visit the Foundation website
Better World Books
Better World Books selected NCFL as its domestic literacy partner in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million to support NCFL’s work and donated more than $15 million to support literacy and education efforts worldwide. Better World Books is a triple-bottom-line online bookstore, working equally for people, planet and profit. Each book purchased powers literacy across the world.
Better World Books’ support of NCFL has provided books and workshops to families after Hurricane Katrina, donated large book donations to literacy programs and families nationwide and fueled innovative family literacy and learning programs and resources in libraries, schools and community-based organizations. In addition to their work for literacy and education, Better World Books diverts books from landfills and offers carbon-balanced shipping.Better World Books
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In 2013, NCFL began a partnership with the Gates Foundation to ensure that our network of students, teachers, and families thrive among recent shifts in standards-based education. NCFL will leverage the unique strengths of our award-winning Wonderopolis® platform to build upon the growing teacher network that uses the resource for core daily instruction and as a basis for professional growth.Foundation Website
NCFL has partnered with the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University since 2001, working collaboratively to further research, professional development, and policy efforts for family literacy and intergenerational learning.
The work of this partnership includes, but is not limited to, a strong research strand at NCFL's national annual convening, the Families Learning Summit; advocacy for family literacy and learning to further support for and inclusion of family-focused education in new and ongoing legislation; and dissemination of the latest research, resources, information, and professional development opportunities for literacy and learning practitioners and advocates, including the Certificate in Family Literacy provided by the Goodling Institute.Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University