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It’s here! Schedule published for the 2018 Families Learning Conference


The full schedule of concurrent sessions, general sessions, and special events is available on the 2018 Families Learning Conference website. Check out who’s presenting and what topics will be addressed! This year’s Conference will feature content in six educational strands: Adult Education, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Early Childhood Education, English Learners, Research and Policy, and Two-Generation… Read more »

Free, digital education program designed to combat summer learning loss

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Families can take learning on-the-go this summer with a new app for Camp Wonderopolis®, a free, fun, online education program. For children, the digital camp fuels curiosity and engages their interest in the ‘why’ behind everyday things. Meanwhile, parents can see how the program combats summer learning loss. While Camp Wonderopolis is available online, the… Read more »

Education Solutions: next steps in family engagement

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As the adage goes, there are three good reasons to be a teacher: June, July, and August. The myth is that during the summer, educators sleep late, lounge by the pool, and travel to exotic destinations. The reality is that many educators are hard at work taking university classes, engaging in professional learning, and planning… Read more »

Don’t miss out on early bird pricing for the 2018 Families Learning Conference


Before you head out the door for summer vacation, remember to register for the 2018 Families Learning Conference, held September 24-26 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Register by July 1 and you’ll save $100 off the regular registration fee—that’s a savings of 20%! When you attend the 2018 Families Learning Conference you’ll find: Dynamic content to fit… Read more »

Building stronger families and stronger communities: trust

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This is the 5th blog in a series based on the NCFL publication, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities. Many educators believe that working together and engaging families results in students being more successful. However, it can be difficult to put this belief into practice. It takes work and effort. When past Toyota Family Teacher of the… Read more »

Education Solutions: Tips to support summer learning for families, part 2

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Traditionally, summer has been seen as a carefree time for students. Nostalgic images of children playing in their neighborhoods until their parents call them home at dusk might come to mind. But the result of this easygoing attitude toward summer has often been “summer slide;” many children lose academic ground while they are away from… Read more »

Win funding to attend the 2018 Families Learning Conference

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The National Literacy Directory continues its Innovation Grant series with funding to attend the 2018 Families Learning Conference. This latest round of funding will send a representative from two organizations to National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)’s annual conference at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, occurring Sept. 24-26, 2018. This grant will… Read more »

Dynamic keynote speakers to ignite 2018 Families Learning Conference

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This September 24-26, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) presents the 2018 Families Learning Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Each year, NCFL enlists inspiring and thought-provoking leaders in education and literacy to keynote General Sessions. We’re excited to reveal this year’s lineup of keynote speakers!       Dr. Sharroky Hollie Opening Session, September… Read more »

Education Solutions: Tips to support summer learning for families

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Splash parks. Ice cream. Lightning bugs. For many people, these things mean summer fun. But along with the fun, there are also challenges: mosquitoes, humidity, and sunburn. This is true of summer learning. There are activities and resources for children to gain experiences and build background knowledge. However, there is the risk of “summer slide.”… Read more »

Guest Post: How can I teach my kids technology when I’m not tech savvy?

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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 Matthew Dawson, Curriculum lead for Applied Digital Skills at Google. There’s an increasing understanding of how important technology education is for students. But how can you teach technology if you’ve never… Read more »