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3 things you won’t want to miss at NCFL’s conference


This October, the Families Learning Conference will bring a wide array of professional development opportunities to attendees. From now until July 15, save 20% and register at $399! Find all the details you need to know at Our schedule of over 100 concurrent sessions is being finalized, but in the meantime, here are three sessions you definitely won’t want to miss:

Opening Keynote Speaker Deborah Phelps


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Enjoy listening to a spirited message to moms and families from Deborah Phelps, award-winning educator, best-selling author, and proud parent of three children, including gold medalist, Michael Phelps. Ms. Phelps is widely recognized as an innovative, energetic, and talented leader and master teacher with more than three decades of teaching and administrator experience. In addition to being a highly sought-after motivational speaker and author, Ms. Phelps is the executive director of the Education Foundation of the Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. We’re so excited for Ms. Phelps to kick off our conference on Monday, October 9!

Live webcast: Family Engagement in Libraries: Supporting the Transition to Kindergarten 

Webcast from Families Learning Summit 2016What role does a library play in a child’s transition to kindergarten and how is that role changing? Hear insights from Susan Benton, president and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, Dr. Margaret Caspe, senior research analyst for the Global Family Research Project, and Dr. Josh Cramer, vice president of NCFL. Brought to the Conference by the Urban Libraries Council and NCFL, this live webcast session on Monday, October 9, is sponsored by Better World Books.

Networking, coffee, and breakfast powered by GED Testing Service®

GED Testing Service breakfastStart Tuesday, October 10, off with an energizing breakfast and discussion with GED Testing Service® CEO, Randy Trask. Got a burning question in adult education? Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of one of the premier minds in adult education both in person and using the hashtag #AskRandyTrask on Twitter.

Ready to plan your trip to the Families Learning Conference? Register and make hotel arrangements at!

2 Comments to “3 things you won’t want to miss at NCFL’s conference”

  1. Kathy Cornell

    Deborah Phelps was —Is—amazing! She shared her life journey and how events in our lives often changes our courses. I’ll be honest to say that I had never known that she had taught 30+ years in high poverty schools in Baltimore. Like most people, I knew her as Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ mom. Her talk reminded me and I’m sure many of the other attendees why we do what we do—we want to make a difference —we want to be that one person that reminds that child or that adult learner that they matter, that they can do it, that they did a good job! and that they should never give up on their dreams even when life takes a turn. I loved that she asked everyone who took a picture with her where they came from, what they do, what our journey is…

  2. ncfl

    Yes! Deborah was so personable and spent time learning about each person during her book signing. Thank you for sharing your takeaways from her keynote!

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