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Attention! NCFL is looking for education experts, researchers, and successful family literacy practitioners to submit a presentation proposal for the 2015 Families Learning Summit in Houston, Texas, on March 16-18. Below, you'll also find information on the Literacy Funders Network Call for Proposals and the Toyota Family Learning Showcase.


Call for Experts

Have you had success helping families build 21st century skills or using new instructional strategies? Has your program found a way to incorporate family mentoring and family service learning? Are you successfully incorporating digital approaches to College and Career Readiness Standards into your curriculum? Are you a part of a successful collaborative effort focused on increasing your community's literacy rates? Perhaps you have some exciting research findings to share. We are interested in hearing about your innovative ideas, how you are implementing them, and ways that broaden what literacy means in today’s society. Come and share your expertise with us at the 2015 Families Learning Summit. Begin by filling out the form below and you are on your way. If you would like to view the entire form, or complete it offline and mail/email it to NCFL, here is the downloadable PDF version, and the Word version. You can then email it to or mail it to: National Center for Families Learning Attn: Michelle Parkerson 325 W Main St., Ste. 300 Louisville, KY 40202

General guidelines for proposals

  • Session content should relate to your chosen focus area.
  • Sessions are one hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) in length and will run concurrently with other sessions.
  • Participant handouts and resources must be made available on the Summit App at a designated date prior to summit presentation.
  • If a session can be presented in both English and Spanish, please submit two proposals — one in English and one in Spanish.
  • All presenters and co-presenters must register for the Summit. NCFL grants lead presenters a waiver of one-half of the basic Summit registration fee.
  • Basic Summit registration fee is $475. Lead concurrent presenters will be charged $237.50 to attend the Summit.
  • Co-presenters are required to pay the full Summit registration fee.
  • Only the lead presenter will be contacted by NCFL.
  • Sessions are intended to share content and may not incorporate sales presentations.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 17, 2014.

Literacy Funders Network Call for Proposals

The Literacy Funders Network (LFN), an affinity group of the Council on Foundations, is pleased to be partnering with NCFL in this annual learning experience again this year. In addition to NCFL's Call for Experts, the LFN is issuing a Call for Proposals to present sessions related to literacy coalition creation, funding, measurement of outcomes, and best practices. We anticipate producing a book about coalitions and seek to incorporate your wisdom and lessons learned! Please contact Dr. Frank Ridzi at to submit proposals for consideration.  

Toyota Family Learning Showcase

National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) invites any person or entity working with families to submit a proposal for the Toyota Family Learning Showcase, an innovation competition at the 2015 Families Learning Summit in Houston, Texas. The Toyota Family Learning Showcase is a state-of-the-art exhibition of organizations and thought leaders advancing the field of family engagement through groundbreaking research, strategy, and technology. This showcase provides family learning innovators across the nation the opportunity to share their successes and ideas with Summit attendees and compete to win a $1,000 cash prize to support their inventive approaches in leading the next generation of families learning together. This competition is open to anyone and all applications are welcome. The Toyota Family Learning Showcase will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015, from 5-6 p.m. NCFL will provide space at the evening reception, complete with a table, power source, and Wi-Fi access. All presentations should be visual, interactive, and incorporate technology. Any additional materials needed are the responsibility of the presenter. Presenters are expected to set up an hour prior to the start of the event and remain at their presentation space for the duration of the competition to allow attendees to engage with presenters and ask questions. You are encouraged to bring materials related to your organization, programming, or research to distribute to attendees. The Toyota Family Learning Showcase winner will be selected by Summit attendees and will receive a $1,000 cash prize generously sponsored by Toyota. Applicants selected to present at the Toyota Family Learning Showcase will be notified at the end of January 2015. One representative from each presenting group will receive a 50-percent discount on Summit registration costs. If you would like to submit your proposal, you can do so easily online by clicking the button below: Alternatively, you can download a PDF version or a Word version of the form and mail or email it by Friday, October 31, 2014, to: National Center for Families Learning Attn: Kara Davis 325 West Main Street, Suite 300 Louisville, KY 40202 Email:


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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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