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We’re six weeks away from #NCFL2017 and our team is putting the finishing touches on conference details. Check out our new video to show what the Families Learning Conference is all about, in under a minute: Whether you’re new to the conference or are a steadfast attendee, the following news and updates will help ensure you have an awesome #NCFL2017 experience: The Families Learning Conference app makes planning your day a breeze. The app will be available for Android and iOS phones and will contain the full conference schedule. Plus, you’ll have the option to bookmark sessions and build your own schedule. Using the app is especially useful for receiving those all-important notifications of changes, saving you time and effort. Attendees will receive download instructions by email in the weeks leading up to conference. Speaking of sessions...With over 100 concurrent sessions offered over 3 days, you will want to plan ahead for your conference experience! Here are some highlights to consider: Explore the resources and cutting edge strategies that NCFL offers during NCFL Resources 101. Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s 2Gen in the Copper State will cover how community-based two-generation efforts have significant potential to influence state policy and family outcomes. The U.S. Department of Education’s Family Ambassador, Frances Frost, will help attendees generate ideas and strategies for bolstering family engagement. Staff from the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy will explore using data to inform strategy and how universities can connect with family literacy programs. Toyota’s Eric Polite II will introduce the concept of unconscious bias—the mental shortcuts our brains take to help us make decisions quickly. Kaye Sharbono, president of COABE, and Sharon Bonney, executive director of COABE, will share the Educate and Elevate Public Awareness Campaign for adult education. GED Testing Service’s® Daphne Atkinson will present Higher-Order Thinking Skills for the 21st Century. Hear from 9-year-old Olivia Van Ledtje (@thelivbits), the Families Learning Conference’s youngest presenter, on Digital Identity: Books, Bytes, Swipes, and Likes. Wonderopolis Lead Ambassadors will share strategies to encourage wonder and inquiry during On the Wonder Pathway... Check out the conference’s Spanish-only session, Tú puedes ser un líder. íDescúbrelo!, on helping parents develop leadership skills. Hear from NCFL’s Kim Jacobs on a curriculum for American Indian preschoolers. When you aren’t engrossed in concurrent sessions, you’ll probably be thinking of food! Meals are a cinch with reasonably priced “grab and go” options for breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Dinner is on us Monday evening at the Toyota-NCFL Banquet Celebration with keynote speaker Magic Johnson. On Tuesday evening we’ll bring affordable local food trucks to the resort while putting on an exclusive viewing of Screenagers. Wednesday’s Closing Brunch, included in your registration fee, will help you fill up the tank before heading back home. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and SpaWe’ve planned an action-packed 3 days for attendees, but why not relax and reflect a bit? The JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa is loaded with re-energizing activities such as the Starr Canyon Lazy River, Monsoon Falls Waterslide, hiking trails, and the Hashani Spa. If you haven’t registered for the Families Learning Conference, do so today! While you’re at it, visit to make your hotel reservation with a special discounted rate of $194.00/night plus $1 resort fee/night. (The resort fee is normally $29.) Our hotel room block for attendees will be held until Friday, September 15.


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NCFL Partners

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

Goodling Institute

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