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2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year & Runner-up Announced

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When Jean Ciborowski Fahey of Weymouth, Mass., joins a circle of moms and newborns, she condenses decades of knowledge about brain development into a 20-minute message that’s straightforward and provides parents ways to help their children develop a strong foundation for learning. “It’s important that parents of all income and education levels understand the benefits… Read more »

Exploring ‘Funds of Knowledge’ at 2016 Families Learning Summit

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Dr. Blaire Willson Toso, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State University, shares what Families Learning Summit attendees can expect from featured researcher Dr. Luis Moll.  Dr. Luis Moll, a professor (emeritus) at the University of Arizona, has been working with parents, children, and teachers since 1978. He is well-known for his collaborative… Read more »

10 reasons to register now for the 2016 Families Learning Summit 

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This year’s Families Learning Summit will bring two-generation family engagement to life for hundreds of attendees on October 17-19, 2016, in Detroit, Mich. We’ve hand-picked sessions and speakers covering everything from early literacy to adult education, and digital learning to community coalitions and family engagement research. Whether you’re a veteran attendee or new to the Summit,… Read more »

fINdings Women’s Project to create 1000 totes for Summit attendees

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A guest post by Annette Ciketic,  Executive Director and founder of fINdings Art Center, Inc. “IMAGINE hundreds of people will be carrying our totes at the 25th anniversary of NCFL’s Families Learning Summit. Now imagine our totes will go home to every state in the United States!” This is how the conversation began during a regular Wednesday gathering… Read more »

A Q&A with William A. Mehojah, Jr.

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William Mehojah, Jr. (Bill) is a member of the Kaw Nation in Oklahoma and is past Director of the Office of Indian Education Programs. He worked as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in the Office of Indian Education Programs, now the Bureau of Indian Education, for thirty-six years. During this time he helped develop the… Read more »

Application for $20,000 Family Teacher of the Year Award Now Open

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NCFL has issued a call for nominations to find this year’s Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, an outstanding two-generation educator dedicated to improving literacy educational outcomes among youth and adults. This is the 20th year for the Toyota-funded, NCFL-led award. The educator selected as Toyota Family Teacher of the Year will receive a $20,000 grant… Read more »

Save the Date | 2016 Families Learning Summit


We’re excited to announce our next Families Learning Summit will be held October 17-19, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan. The Comeback City is a leader in technology, medicine, alternative energy, and is in the midst of one of the nation’s greatest urban redevelopments; we’re thrilled it will be the 2016 home to our premier annual event for two-generation… Read more »

Changing History: How one high school teacher is taking her message straight to families’ homes


When high school teacher Kristen Whitaker arrived at work this morning, she knew there was a planned assembly. What she didn’t know is it was really just a ruse, set up to surprise her as 2015 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year for her efforts in engaging students’ families in their children’s education. She was… Read more »

Families Learning Summit: 11 Reasons Why

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The 2015 Families Learning Summit is 2 months away! Here are 11 reasons you won’t want to miss it: Seven in-depth and keynote presentations that will inspire, announce new opportunities, award, and reward your dedication to families and learning. The lineup of speakers will give us new and better ways to do what we do, and the… Read more »

A Year in Review: 2014 Teacher of the Year


Reflections from Elizabeth Atack, Nashville Public Library program manager The entire Toyota Family Teacher of the Year process was a whirlwind! In January, I learned that my boss had nominated me for the award and, within a couple of weeks, I was called for a video interview. A couple of days after that, I was… Read more »