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This September, join the 2018 Families Learning Conference for best practices and innovative strategies in serving families through education. On top of our robust offering of concurrent sessions, this year’s event is hopping with plenty of featured sessions and special events! Some of these have limited capacity, so register now to secure your spot.

 Early Childhood Pre-Conference Session, Sunday, September 23 at 12:00pm

Limited to 100 attendees; Requires signup within conference registration system

Are you looking for new ways to raise up families' voices?  Have you heard about design thinking but not sure how it applies to you? Sponsored by Children’s Services Council (CSC) of Broward County and in collaboration with the Global Family Research Project and The Early Learning Lab, NCFL is hosting a pre-conference workshop on the human-centered design thinking approach to family engagement in early childhood. This innovative four-hour session is free to the first 100 registered conference attendees to sign up and will take place on Sunday, September 23, ahead of the 2018 Families Learning Conference. Space is limited so please register early.
MODS Mix and Mingle, Sunday, September 23 at 5:00pm

Limited to 100 attendees; Requires signup within conference registration system

Join us for an hour with the Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS), sponsored by JM Family Enterprises! NCFL and JM Family Enterprises invite you to join us at the MODS pre-Conference mix and mingle event on Sunday evening, September 23rd! In partnership with the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS), come kick off Conference week with fun, hands-on activities. Attendees will mingle and enjoy a complimentary drink while visiting MODS’ mobile planetarium and STEM table activities. This fun, pre-Conference event is first-come, first-serve for the first 100 attendees that register!
Coffee Klatsch with Randy Trask, Sponsored by GED Testing Service®, Monday, September 24 at 2:00pm

Limited to 175 attendees; Requires signup within conference registration system

GED Testing Service® will be the exclusive Sponsor of NCFL’s Monday, September 24th "Coffee Klatsch with Randy Trask, Sponsored by GED Testing Service®." Up to 175 attendees will enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up session featuring a gourmet coffee & tea bar with sweet treats and the crème de la crème: the exciting opportunity to hear from GED CEO Randy Trask in an intimate, informal setting! Given the popularity of this event in recent years, GED Testing Service will enjoy an expanded timeframe of 2PM - 3:15PM for conversation, questions, and the opportunity to share cutting-edge adult education news with a national audience. Please reserve your spot in advance for this engaging dialogue!
PNC Grow Up Great® Welcome Reception, Monday, September 24 at 5:30pm Enjoy light appetizers, a cash bar, and beautiful ocean views while taking part in interactive learning stations sponsored by PNC. The PNC Grow Up Great® initiative produces a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their kids. Conference participants will be able to experience the PNC Grow Up Great® Mobile Learning Adventure. Channel your inner child by exploring the different learning modules!

Live Webcast: Innovative Programming Beyond Library Walls, Tuesday, September 25 at 3:00pm

Libraries and their staffs are working tirelessly to serve families where they live, work, and play within their communities. Join us for a series of expert-led lightning talks describing innovative programming that takes family literacy and engagement beyond the four walls of library buildings. In partnership with NCFL and Public Library Association, this live webcast is sponsored by Better World Books and is part of NCFL’s ongoing partnership with the Urban Libraries Council.
Creating More Inclusive Spaces: Our Roles as Institutional Actors, Wednesday, September 26 at 8:15am This session will discuss our roles as institutional actors/representatives in disrupting oppressive forces that are pervasive in society and within institutions. During this session, we bring participants to a heightened level of awareness around historical and contemporary institutional oppression, and we discuss the socialization process and how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to the perpetuation of all forms of oppression, specifically racism. In addition, we discuss how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to disparate academic and social outcomes and can also lead to an unhealthy identity development for all.   The ultimate objective of this session is to engage participants in activities that will lead them to a heightened critical consciousness around systemic oppression and privilege. We will also discuss concepts like implicit bias and give participants resources and tools to aid them in beginning their own journey toward becoming equity-focused agents of change within our various institutions.
Moving from “Surviving to Thriving”: Trauma Attuned Transformation Using the Nurtured Heart Approach©, Wednesday, September 26 at 8:15am This session is delivered by Howard Glasser, author and international trainer and creator of the Nurtured Heart Approach©, and Frank Picone LCSW who helped design and implement a 12-million-dollar four-year grant that is transforming New Jersey’s child serving systems to Trauma Attuned and Nurture Heart Approach trained.  The first part of the training will describe what the Nurtured Heart Approach is and how it pertains to parents and educators as well as the power of being “Trauma Attuned” in our schools. The remaining time will be spent on audience questions/discussion to clarify these approaches; in particular how the Nurtured Heart Approach can help create and maintain an optimum culture for youth with trauma to move from “Surviving to Thriving” - how this approach serves the cause of transforming how children of trauma can discover who they really are as great young people with great things to contribute.

Don’t miss out on the 2018 Families Learning Conference! Register today.



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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