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A sampling of featured sessions announced for Families Learning Conference 2017

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited to bring insightful conversations with the nation’s thought leaders in education to the Families Learning Conference 2017. Whatever your interest—funding, two-generation education, data collection, research, early childhood education, adult education, English language learners, American Indian education, library initiatives, or black male achievement—you’re sure to find discussions… Read more »

Guest Post: Camp Wonderopolis® provides fun summer learning for Texas families

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This summer, three libraries across the nation were awarded $3,000 grants, NCFL training, and Campsite Kits to implement Camp Wonderopolis® programming, thanks to generous support from Better World Books. These libraries provided Maker activities exclusively found in the Family Campsite Kit and suggested book pairings for each of the six Camp Wonderopolis tracks online. In this guest blog post,… Read more »

Guest Post: Families at Kentucky library unlock mysteries of Ancient Egypt during Camp Wonderopolis®

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This summer, three libraries across the nation were awarded $3,000 grants, NCFL training, and Campsite Kits to implement Camp Wonderopolis® programming, thanks to generous support from Better World Books. These libraries provided Maker activities exclusively found in the Family Campsite Kit and suggested book pairings for each of the six Camp Wonderopolis tracks online. In… Read more »

Register by July 15 and save with early bird pricing

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This October 9-11, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and our partners in the field will bring expert professional development supporting family literacy and learning to Tucson, Arizona. With early bird pricing ending on July 15, there’s no time like the present to register for the Families Learning Conference 2017! Are you a prospective… Read more »

Creating the climate for family learning at school

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Schools, teachers, and parents are all concerned with family engagement that supports children’s learning. And all three are essential when establishing positive learning climates for families—at home and at school. Family-friendly schools and classrooms make an intentional effort to invite family engagement. They strive to create a family-friendly environment that contributes to effective communication, relationship… Read more »

Powering families out of poverty through family literacy

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Two-generation family literacy has the power to lift families out of poverty and toward self-sufficiency. That’s the message the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) brought to federal legislators in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2017. NCFL was joined by Dr. Carol Clymer with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, Arlise Ford with Educational… Read more »

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

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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 conference.familieslearning.org. Our schedule of over 100 concurrent sessions is being finalized, but in the meantime, here are three… Read more »

Free, online camp engages children, parents in wonders around them

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Parents and children now have a new, free way to explore the wonders of the world while piquing children’s curiosities and stemming summer learning loss – Camp Wonderopolis®. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), with support from Better World Books, launched this free, online summer learning camp where parents and children can discover fun… Read more »

Nevada’s ESL in-home program is a “lifeline” to many

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The English as a Second Language In-Home Program of Northern Nevada, one of three Innovation Grant recipients, was rewarded by the National Literacy Directory for its creative efforts to meet students where they are. Ana. C. and her young son came to the United States from Central America in 2011, settling in Carson City, Nevada. Ana came with no… Read more »

Charter schools could be new tool for families

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This post is co-authored by Sharon Darling, president and founder of the National Center for Families Learning and Christie McKay, executive director of Briya Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. Growing up with an alcoholic, abusive father in a small Mexican town, Alejandra wanted a better life. Her only hope, she thought, was to move to… Read more »