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What is the latest research in family literacy and learning, and how can it inform your work? The Families Learning Conference 2017 will feature a research strand of concurrent sessions, including three featured researchers invited by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy. These sessions will explore data in family literacy, adult education, family engagement, and library initiatives. Find session descriptions by clicking the session titles below.

Monday, October 9

Meeting the Challenge: Incorporating Employability, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM Presenters: Dr. Blaire Toso, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and Public Education Foundation and Dr. Carol Clymer, Penn State University Process Evaluation: A Key to Program Success, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM Presenters: Dr. Lori Nebelsick-Gullett, NG Consulting; Marjorie Myles, Genesee Independent School District Head Start; Lynn McGregor, National Center for Families Learning Connections: PFCE, NCFL, and the Data Story, 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM Presenters: Arlise Ford, Kenya Campbell, and Sarah Koo, Educational Alliance ✪Featured researcher invited by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy✪ Transforming Bi-Cultural Family Engagement Towards Empowerment and Advocacy, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Presenter: Dr. Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos, Arizona State University  

Tuesday, October 10

Using Data to Inform Strategy, 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM Presenters: Becky Raymond, Chicago City Wide Literacy Coalition; Sheri Suarez Foreman, Houston Center for Literacy; and Dr. Carol Clymer, Penn State University ✪Featured researcher invited by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy✪ Uncovering Hidden Worlds: Highlighting Family’s Role, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Presenter: Dr. Sarai Coba-Rodriguez, University of Illinois at Chicago Making the Case: Collecting Data That Matters, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Presenters: Dr. Carol Clymer and Dr. Elisabeth Grinder, Penn State University; and Dr. Blaire Toso, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and Public Education Foundation High Expectations for 2Gen Learning Outcomes, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Presenter: Dr. Jeri Levesque, Center of Effort LLC Engaging Families: STEM Learning Through Libraries, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Presenters: Dr. Margaret Caspe, Global Family Research Project; Angela Hubbard, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC); Toni Garvey, Garvey Library Consulting; Scott Allen, Public Library Association ✪Featured researcher invited by the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy✪ Bad! Wrong! Stupid! Shifting Perspectives on Violence and Trauma in Learning, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Presenter: Dr. Jenny Horsman, Spiral Community Resource Group Connecting Universities and Family Literacy Programs, 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Presenters: Dr. James Erekson and Lu Benke, University of Northern Colorado; Dr. Beverly Mathis, Public Education Foundation; Liz Atack, Nashville Public Library; and Dr. Carol Clymer, Penn State University

View these sessions and the entire concurrent session list at Still need to register for the Families Learning Conference? Visit today!


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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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