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Apr 24, 2018 |

By now you’ve heard who’s keynoting the General Sessions. You’ve seen the concurrent sessions and presenters already confirmed. And your colleagues have told you just how great their experience was at the 2017 Families Learning Conference. You’re onboard to attend, but how do you convince your manager to pay for your trip to the 2018 Families Learning Conference? Here are some tips for helping you make your case to attend: 2017 attendees at concurrent sessionMake a plan. Your manager may be concerned with how work tasks will be completed while you’re gone. Plan what work can be completed ahead of your absence and what work tasks can be divided among other staff while you’re out. Attending the conference is a great way to outfit your organization with the latest educational tools. In your plan, mention how you will share resources and strategies gleaned at the conference with your colleagues and volunteers when you return. Perhaps schedule a “Lunch and Learn” meeting no more than a couple weeks after you return. 2017 attendees looking at programSupport your request with specifics. Create a list of events and sessions you plan to attend. Sessions will be categorized in six educational strands, making it easy to plan your schedule: Adult Education, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Early Childhood Education, English Learners, Research and Policy, and Two-Generation Learning. Additionally, we’ll offer tracks of content including financial literacy and library programming. Click here to view the full schedule. To view content by educational strand, click "Filter by track" and select the content you wish to view. Include testimonials from your peers. Here’s what some of our 2017 conference attendees had to say: 2017 attendees in a concurrent session“I enjoy this conference every year, but this one was one of the best! The app made it easy to navigate through the topics and schedule the day, there was a wide variety of sessions, the location was amazing, and I always enjoy networking with other programs.” “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the conference. Beautiful setting, great speakers, lots of new ideas.” “It was a joy to be connected with so many people interested in and delivering family literacy services. It was a special gift to connect to the 2Gen folks.” Estimate costs. Lastly, include a budget to help you estimate the costs of travel, lodging, and meals: Registration

  • Early bird (Through July 1, 2018): $399
  • Regular (Starting July 2, 2018): $499
Airfare Round-trip from [your location] Hotel Accommodations Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa: $189/night for 3 nights (plus 12% in taxes) Ground transportation Include transportation from your house to your airport and from the airport to our hotel Meals
  • Budget for Sunday dinner; Monday breakfast, lunch and dinner; Tuesday breakfast and lunch; and Wednesday snack
  • Appetizers Monday evening, dinner Tuesday, and brunch Wednesday are included in 3-day registration fee

Want to hear some good news? We’ve packaged all of this up for you in a downloadable template! Click here to download your customizable template.

Show your manager how valuable the Families Learning Conference is, and they may want to join you! PS: Register now to save 20% off the regular registration rate. Early bird pricing ends July 1, 2018.  


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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