The 2019 Families Learning Conference is just five weeks away! With over 100 sessions to choose from, you’ll want to start planning your experience now. Content will be offered in the strands of Adult Education, Early Childhood Education, Funding and Sustainability, K-12 Education, Library, Research and Policy, and Parent Leadership.
All parents want their children to be ready for school, but it can be challenging to find educational resources to prepare them. This featured session explores the creation and execution of a community-wide collaboration for kindergarten readiness.
Tues. 11/5 1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Every day is a Little Big Adventure. Conceived out of a unique community think-tank exercise, My Big Little Adventure (MBLA) was collaboratively designed to connect families with young children (age 0-5) to the educational resources that already exist within their home, neighborhood and broader community – but with the hook of themes, structure and incentive. The project ultimately materialized as a website that now serves as a resource and clearinghouse for (mostly free and low cost) events and activities. It organizes resources from lots of sources into one place and eliminates the clutter of commercial enterprise and the wide age ranges typically found in these kinds of event sites. The project also involves community outreach work to drive signups and family engagement and harnesses the voices and resources of multiple cultural and social service partners under the common interest of reaching more young children and caregivers with existing programs and services. MBLA is a value-added experience that nurtures everyday learning by pointing out the easy ways to turn daily routines and simple materials into adventures that hone kindergarten readiness, and by encouraging participation and the development of relationships with local resources (like libraries, health providers, museums, parks, zoo, arts organizations and more). MBLA aims to be an accessible and understandable roadmap for connecting more families to the easily-accessible and readily-available enrichment resources that exist around them, as well as coaxing adults into using materials around the house to further learning in simple ways. This session will explore the MBLA project from initial concept, through design to year one deployment, identifying successes, lessons and anticipated adjustments as collaborators move into the project’s second year. We will explore what can be accomplished when like-minded professionals set aside individual program goals for the greater good of a mutual cause like early childhood school readiness.
GED® Testing Service has been a longstanding NCFL partner and will be back again this year! Attendees will have two opportunities to explore the GED®:
Mon. 11/4 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
How do you braid the adult literacy services into your program? GED Testing Service can help. Join us to explore the tools and resources to locate and engage your learners in adult literacy services.
Tues. 11/5 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Many people know the name GED®, but what do you KNOW about today’s GED®? Join in a facilitated discussion to review what you know about the GED® program and ask questions to learn the things you WANT to know about the GED® program.
Through our partnership with Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, attendees will have the chance to hear from leading researchers in family literacy.
Mon. 11/4 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Given the conditions of mass incarceration in the U.S. today, what can be done to sustain family connections from afar? Where do connections happen? How does the perceived presence of loved ones affect the quality of “doing time?” William Muth, Ph.D. reports on empirical data from his book, Fathers, Prisons and Family Reentry: Presencing as a Framework and Method regarding: the lived experiences of families doing time, the hopelessness of future-oriented policy, and model approaches and programs in the US and Europe.
This session presents findings from a qualitative study of fathers in the Read to Your Child family literacy program at a Pennsylvania prison. The presentation outlines the impacts of incarceration on families, the benefits of the program, and implications for practice.
Tues. 11/5 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In this presentation, Dr. Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz will share an overview of eight years of work across nine tribal colleges serving Native communities in developing systems of care and learning for children and families. At the center of this work are the discoveries and motivations for engaging families as full partners in curricular design, assessment and inquiry, and in the historical acts of implementing Indigenous learning and restorative practices, so that Native communities can thrive.
Part of the Library strand includes an exciting live webcast on Monday morning featuring education and library experts who work to engage diverse community groups and how those programs can inform your work.
Mon. 11/4 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Families are more likely to become engaged in their children’s learning when school and library staff reach out to them. But often, culturally diverse families are isolated from schools, libraries, and other community resources. A long list of issues may be keeping families from crossing your threshold and helping them stay hidden from your outreach - mistrust of government entities, lack of experience with public institutions such as libraries in their homeland, language barriers and embarrassment about their own literacy or education levels, fear due to immigration status, and more. How can you better understand who you aren’t reaching and how can you help families access your resources?
Again, this year we will offer extended, deep-dive sessions on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 8:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. These in-depth sessions allow attendees to dive deeper into particular subjects relevant to the field of education.
Our nation’s educational system has historically denied children of color, those learning multiple languages, and those from low-income homes opportunities to become proficient in mathematics. At the same time that we work to change school systems to become equitable, we can mobilize families as positive influences on the early mathematics learning of their children, just as they are for reading. In this session we will learn about the elements of mathematics (it’s more than counting and shapes!) and look for math learning opportunities in everyday life. We will celebrate the strengths of families as they interact in mathematical ways with their children, and we will discuss initiatives to support families to do even more math with their children in joyful and natural ways. Participants will leave the session with concrete strategies and resources that they can share with the families they serve. Our ultimate goal is that every learner is empowered with the math confidence and skills required to thrive in school and to participate in the 21st century workforce.
Eliminate the guesswork of uncovering how corporations are thinking about funding your efforts. This session will dig into the strategy and rationale behind the investments of some of the nation’s most generous companies. In this deep dive session, you’ll hear from leaders at Dollar General, PNC, and Humana, on how they approach the important role of investing in some of the most pressing social causes of our time. They will offer their insights as to how new forms of philanthropy are shaping the future and will explore how traditional philanthropy can work within the evolving framework of giving required by an ever-changing world. The panel will be facilitated by NCFL Board Member Nicole Chestang, principal of The Chestang Group.
This orientation to the pediatric early literacy program Reach Out and Read includes an outline of the stages of language and literacy development from birth through age 5, their social context, and the caregiver’s role in supporting optimal development, and explores the potential for partnerships between pediatric primary care and family literacy providers.
See you at the 2019 NCFL Families Learning Conference!
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
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