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Opening Session, April 28

James Patterson, author of the No. 1 best selling Alex Cross detective series and the No. 1 best selling Middle School series, will donate his time to NCFL by opening the conference on Sunday, April 28, at the Galt House in Louisville.

For the past decade, Patterson has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website, to his College Book Bucks scholarships, and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas, Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same.

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Banquet, April 29

Can simple post-it notes really teach physics? What do education and viral videos have in common? What can we learn from everyday objects?

EepyBird, the two visionaries of the Mentos and Diet Coke viral videos, recently wrote The Viral Video Manifesto and have appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the TODAY show, and Mythbusters. EepyBird will lead banquet attendees in examining a new dimension in learning, questioning, and wonder. With EepyBird at the helm, attendees are sure to leave with new ideas and ways of thinking about education and learning.

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Closing Brunch, April 30

C.C. Chapman, national social media expert and best selling author of Amazing Things Will Happen and Content Rules, will speak at the closing brunch, leaving attendees charged and ready to make a difference in the field of learning. A champion of our work and an advisor to Wonderopolis®, Chapman has spent years helping people and brands convert passive consumers into passionate, invested advocates. His book, Amazing Things Will Happen, guides readers towards greater happiness and fulfillment in life. Using tenets of his book, Chapman will inspire and motivate attendees. Following his participation at the conference, NCFL has arranged for him to speak with the Louisville Digital Association on April 30.

Don’t miss hearing these speakers and others at the 2013 National Conference on Family Literacy. Register soon: special Early Bird pricing ends March 15.

Prominent Researchers Discuss Family Engagement, Children’s Roles in Education, Cultural Impact on Literacy Development

NCFL, in partnership with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State University, announces the following speakers for the research strand sessions at the 2013 National Conference on Family Literacy:

  • Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University
  • Oscar  Barbarin, Ph.D., Lila and Douglas Hertz Endowed Chair, Department of Psychology at Tulane University
  • Vikki Katz, Ph.D., School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University
  • Rosario Ordoñez-Jasis, Ph.D., College of Education, California State University at Fullerton

Details of their featured sessions will be announced in the coming weeks. Learn from these experts at the 2013 National Conference on Family Literacy. Register soon: special Early Bird pricing ends March 15.


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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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