The 2022 Families Learning Conference will be here before we know it, and we can’t wait to engage with attendees! #NCFL22 is for passionate people looking for innovative family learning strategies and practices to support families in reaching their academic and economic goals. This year’s conference is a hybrid experience—we’re offering a virtual portion October 25th and 26th and in-person Regional Meetups November 4th in Nashville, Tennessee and December 2nd in Phoenix, Arizona. In this post, we’re serving up four reasons why you won’t want to miss attending the 2022 Families Learning Conference!
Reason 1: Access to high-quality, content-rich sessions
Whether attending virtually or in person, enjoy a curated variety of presentations highlighting best practices and innovations in family literacy, family engagement, family leadership, research and policy. What’s on tap this year? Here’s a sampling of the schedule: Equity & Inclusion by Design: How to Create Healing Spaces in the Everyday presented by Michelle Molitor with the Equity Lab; Elevating Parent Power to Build a Parent Nation presented Yolie Flores with the TMW Center at the University of Chicago; and Centering Relationship-Centered Partnerships in Mutual Trust presented by Dr. Gene Roehlkepartain with Search Institute.
Reason 2: Opportunity to build your professional network
At the Families Learning Conference, NCFL and attendees together foster a strong sense of community and idea sharing. For the virtual portion of the conference, the planning team is incorporating engaging networking opportunities to bookend each day; plus sessions will be held in Zoom to allow for interaction and engagement among attendees and presenters. For registrants opting to attend a Regional Meetup, attendees will enjoy connecting at a welcome reception followed by dinner at a local restaurant with a small group of attendees, organized by the planning team. Time will be built into each Regional Meetup for making connections and building relationships with your peers who share a passion for supporting families in learning.
Reason 3: Delivery modes for different learning styles
Whether in-person or virtual, the Conference provides exposure to a network of peers and funders, industry knowledge, and new teaching methods that contribute to a holistic approach to family learning. However, our hybrid event caters to different learning styles. Registrants for the virtual portion have access to recorded content for 90 days after the event and can learn when it’s best for their schedule. Registrants attending a meetup can be laser-focused on the content without the distractions of everyday life and take advantage of in-person networking that’s so important for building a professional learning network.
Reason 4: High value for your investment
Thanks to our sponsors, the Families Learning Conference is able to keep our registration fees modest and competitive. In fact, we’re offering more options to fit your budget than ever before—two-day, single-day or group discounted pricing for the virtual portion; Regional Meetup pricing; and a discounted Regional Meetup rate when you bundle it with the virtual portion.
The bottom line: no matter which option you choose, the Families Learning Conference offers a schedule of high-quality, innovative, content-rich sessions as well as opportunities for networking and connection.
Need more reasons to attend? Read more information about the hybrid event and what past attendees have to say.
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