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What’s new at the 2018 Families Learning Conference?

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As the premier professional development event in family literacy and learning, attendees to the Families Learning Conference have come to expect high quality sessions with practical strategies to use in their communities across the country. In addition to providing excellent content, this year’s Conference, held September 23-26, features many new opportunities. Keep reading to learn… Read more »

Guest Post: 3 new literacies for the innovation economy

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The following is part of a series of guest posts by leaders in the field of literacy and family learning. This guest post is by Tom Vander Ark, author and CEO of Getting Smart, and keynote speaker at the upcoming 2018 Families Learning Conference. In the old days (like two years ago), you had to… Read more »

Stronger families, strong communities: personal connections

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Since January, the Education Solutions blog has shared the wisdom of past Toyota Teacher of the Year award winners. The importance of building trust and community has been explored. In conversations, award-winning teachers also emphasized the value of making personal connections with students and their families. Katy Kibbey of Michigan (2008) stated, “Nothing is more… Read more »

Guest Post: Being grateful for your students’ cultural behaviors

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The following is part of a series of guest posts by leaders in the field of literacy and family learning. This guest post is by Dr. Sharroky Hollie, executive director of The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, and keynote speaker at the upcoming 2018 Families Learning Conference.   How frequently do you acknowledge… Read more »

Education Solutions: Financial literacy for the family

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Financial literacy. I can hear it now. The song that gets stuck in my head every time I think about this topic. The bass guitar walking through the opening notes and the echo trailing behind it. A smooth voice joining the bass guitar, “Money money money money, money.” The opening riffs to The O’Jays’ song,… Read more »

Pre-conference session and special events announced for 2018 Families Learning Conference

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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.  … Read more »

Education Solutions: Purposeful planning for family engagement

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Pool floats, charcoal, and garden supplies will soon be replaced in store aisles with pencils, notebooks, crayons, and planners. For many educators, the arrival of these items suggests the end of the summer and the beginning of preparations for a new school year. Educators have classrooms to decorate, supplies to buy, and plans to make…. Read more »

Camp Wonderopolis in libraries: Lincoln Heritage Public Library

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Lincoln Heritage Public Libraries, located in Indiana, was one of three libraries across the country to be awarded a grant to be a Camp Wonderopolis site. Abby Galyan, Youth Librarian shared the following about their program. Camp Wonderopolis has been amazing for our small community!  We are a very rural Public Library system and to… Read more »

Building stronger families and stronger communities: community

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This blog is the sixth in a series based on the NCFL publication, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities. Communities support people in their professional and personal lives. People benefit from engaging in groups formed through common experiences. Family, friends, and colleagues can unite to form circles that support their members. We are stronger together than separate…. Read more »

Funding alert + partnership request: U.S. ED opens grant competition with family literacy as a priority

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) was successful in advocating to include family literacy as a competitive priority in a new grant competition hosted by the United States Department of Education, creating an advantage for those entities including family literacy as a key part of their overall strategy. The Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFEC)… Read more »