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This October 9-11, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and our partners in the field will bring expert professional development supporting family literacy and learning to Tucson, Arizona. With early bird pricing ending on July 15, there’s no time like the present to register for the Families Learning Conference 2017! Early Bird pricing for Families Learning Conference Are you a prospective attendee needing to provide information to your supervisor? Attendees can participate in sessions on the following topics:

  • Adult education
  • Early childhood education
  • Two-generation learning and family literacy
  • Parent engagement
  • English language learners
  • Library initiatives
  • Digital learning resources
  • Research
  • Funding opportunities
  • American Indian schools and educational initiatives
  • Black male achievement initiatives
Need specifics? Below is a sampling of the over 100 concurrent sessions to be offered: Engage Parents in Creating a Community of Learners Learn about a program model that will significantly increase parental engagement in their children's school, encourage side by side learning, and empower parents to become role models. This session will explain how the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD of 32,000 students is able to operate 8 literacy parent community centers in neighborhoods, in collaboration with a college, and an education service center. Impacting Reading Proficiency with Read Dads Read Read Dads Read (RDR) is designed to impact 3rd grade proficiency in low income communities by engaging barbershops and eventually schools and churches. RDR is aimed at elementary and middle school aged children (K-8) and their fathers/male caregivers by utilizing a two generational approach of engaging fathers and their children. Attendees will learn how to use the community to advance reading activities and improve reading outcomes. Building Literacy Skills in Children with Autism Reading can be frustrating for children with autism, as well as frustrating for their parents and teachers. Learn four must-use strategies that reduce frustration and create an enjoyable and positive experience for everyone. Attendees will be better equipped with creative ideas to build and promote literacy skills in children with autism. Using Wonder to Inspire Young Poets Attendees will learn how writing fueled by wonder promotes student engagement. Using is a great way to pique student curiosity and create purpose for writing poetry. Student examples will be used to model how writing can be lifted to a new level when wonder is used as the basis. Games to Engage Multi-level ESOL Learners Dorcas International's family literacy team uses games and interactive lessons to engage multi-level ESOL learners in the classroom, as well as during Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time® activities with youth participants. Attendees will engage in hands-on activities during this workshop and leave this session with activities to implement in their own programs. Community Building in Adult Education We all work, learn, and live together better when we know, care about, and cooperate with one another. Learn about and participate in community building activities that can become a part of your adult education classroom practices and that parents can also share with their families. Taking Adults from Dropout to Career Bound Hesitant to set up a high school equivalency program? Come learn about Ardmore Family Literacy’s story of starting blind to becoming the go-to program for adults looking to get on track and improve their future. In three years’ time, they’ve learned what and what not to do -- find out what they know! Did we mention the early bird rate ends this Saturday, July 15? Save 20% off our regular registration rate and complete your registration for the Families Learning Conference 2017 this week!


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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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