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We're leaving for Dallas, Texas, this weekend to join the 2,000+ adult education professionals attending the Commission on Adult Basic Education's national conference. After NCFL President and Founder Sharon Darling helps kick-off #COABE16 with Neil Bush at the opening general session, we'll be hosting five professional development sessions and panels on a few of the many ways two-generation practices can be implemented in adult education. Check out those opportunities below.

tracyAlso, for those of you COABE members in Region Two, NCFL's Associate Director Tracy Noles has received the nomination to advocate for your region's best interests. Here's why we would vote for Noles: Noles Knows! what adult education professionals need. From tutoring to teaching in public schools and training future adult education professionals, Noles Knows! how to connect adult learning theory with practice. Ten years in Kentucky's largest school district and her current work at NCFL has afforded the experiences and know-how to develop staff and programs, strategically collaborate with partners to address issues, and monitor opportunities for continuous program improvement. Cast your vote now!


NCFL Sessions

Monday 10:45 a.m. | Connect, Communicate, Collaborate! A Discussion of Big Ideas in Family Literacy
Calling all Family Literacy practitioners! Please join us for a roundtable discussion of big ideas in the field of family literacy including innovative ways to engage families in the community, workforce readiness opportunities within the family literacy context, component integration, family mentoring, and high-quality, research-based resources you can use with parents and children to enhance programming. This session will provide participants with an open forum to connect and learn from one another. Come prepared to meet new people, network with colleagues, learn from one another, and leave with fresh ideas, resources, and content material to develop your current family literacy programming into the Biggest and Best it can be!

Presented by: Tracy Noles, Patricia Lovett, Donna Elder, and Josh Cramer [Remington Room, Level 4]

Monday 2 p.m. | Bigger Vocabulary, Better Readers: Family Literacy Programs Can Help 
Family literacy programs with Parent Time and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time components provide parents the opportunity to learn and practice strategies that will lead to improved literacy and language outcomes for their children. Family literacy programs are a natural way to engage parents, help them learn new skills for interacting with their children, and see the vital role that they play in their children’s lives. Come and explore ideas, tools, and strategies that will help develop better readers.

Presented by: Donna Elder [State Room 3, Level 3]

Tuesday 8 a.m. | Building Employability Skills with Project Based Service-Learning Activities
This presentation focuses on the adult outcomes of the Toyota Family Learning program. We will overview an innovative family learning program that melds adult education and service learning in order to engage adult learners in acquiring and using language, literacy, and employability skills via student-driven authentic activities and contexts. Using the results from an independent evaluation, presenters will address the outcomes and the activities that promote educational and civic engagement.

Presented by: Blaire Willson Toso, Carol Clymer, and Joshua Cramer [Cityview 7, Level 4]

Tuesday 9:30 a.m. | Talking About Wordless Picture Books: A Tutor Strategy Supporting ELLs
A challenging economy, increasing populations with English as a second language, and a growing awareness of the nation’s literacy crisis have prompted a surge of interest in literacy-related volunteerism. Wordless picture books provide an accessible avenue for teachers, tutors, and volunteers to engage students in literacy development with just a little training and a lot of conversation. Participants will explore an innovative toolkit designed to provide family literacy programs with tools, strategies, and resources needed to effectively integrate volunteers into their program services.

Presented by: Patricia Lovett [Remington Room, Level 4]

Tuesday 2 p.m. | Increasing Persistence for Bigger and Better Outcomes 
Does your program struggle with recruiting families? Or is keeping them more of a challenge? This interactive session will include a review of current research in student persistence, types of persistence barriers, and practical ideas for program development that address barriers to ensure families have every opportunity to successfully complete goals. Included in this discussion will be implications of persistence on college and career readiness, the importance of providing contextualized activities to increase persistence, and free resources designed to spark family curiosity leading to higher levels of engagement.

Presented by: Tracy Noles [State Room 3, Level 3]


Reach out to @NCFL on Twitter or stop by the National Literacy Directory booth in the exhibit hall to register your learning and literacy program to connect with more potential students, volunteers, and advocates.

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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 $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

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