Foundations of Family Learning Programs
The Foundations of Family Learning Programs training provides family literacy and family learning program practitioners with the frameworks needed to fully understand and implement NCFL’s signature family literacy and family learning place-based program models. Foundations is designed to provide a basic overview of the principles and practices of family literacy/family learning program implementation and the research that supports these practices.
Family Engagement in Home, School, and Community Settings (Parent Time and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®
In Classroom Settings: Parent Time and PACT Time® are the heart of family literacy/family learning programs. In this training, participants incorporate parent topics into successful Parent Time sessions and implement the process of PACT Time in the classroom for families of preschool and elementary children. Find out how to use these two components to enhance the skills of families and improve literacy outcomes. Participants leave this session with an individualized plan for Parent Time and PACT Time.
In Home and Community Settings: One goal of Parent Time and PACT Time® is to move family engagement and interactive experiences beyond the classroom and into home and community settings. This training focuses on strategies to extend Parent Time and PACT Time in ways that are meaningful and sustainable for families. One strategy for doing that is family service learning, where parents and children move into leadership positions to solve problems and support community efforts. Participants leave this training with new ideas to help parents and children bridge the gap between school and home, and a framework for utilizing family services learning in programs.
Families Reading and Talking Together/Familias leyendo y hablando juntas (Train-the-Trainer Workshop)
Families Reading and Talking Together encourages learning and pre-literacy activities in the lives and homes of families of preschool children. This a train-the-trainer professional development opportunity that provides workshops to give families ideas and strategies they can easily use with their children throughout the day. This resources and workshop materials are provided in both Spanish and English, and are designed to promote intergenerational learning in the homes of participating families, focusing on familiar everyday experiences.
Partnering with Families for Student Success
Create a partnership with families focused on student achievement! Through listening and learning alongside family members, teachers are becoming more critically aware of the changes in philosophy and the necessity to include parents in literacy conversations and dialogue. This professional development opportunity, Partnering with Families for Student Success, presents family engagement research and practical ways that this research can be used to connect with families. Effective reading strategies that teachers can share with parents for use with their K-5 children will be presented and explored to increase student achievement in the elementary classroom.