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NCFL and Google collaborate to share digital literacy curriculum for problem solving and job skills


We often hear that practitioners and educators in the field are seeking curriculum to help address the digital literacy needs of learners. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has collaborated with Grow with Google to bring the Applied Digital Skills curriculum to family literacy and learning practitioners. Plan to join us for this free… Read more »

Building stronger families and stronger communities: passion and energy

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Throughout 2018, NCFL’s Education Solutions blog is exploring the effective habits of past Toyota Teachers of the Year.  Many of these award-winning teachers felt that they had to create energy around family engagement in their schools. This energy came from their own passion for working with families. When practitioners fully embrace family learning programming, it… Read more »

Making your case to attend the 2018 Families Learning Conference


By now you’ve heard who’s keynoting the General Sessions. You’ve seen the concurrent sessions and presenters already confirmed. And your colleagues have told you just how great their experience was at the 2017 Families Learning Conference. You’re onboard to attend, but how do you convince your manager to pay for your trip to the 2018… Read more »

Employability skills: Success for the workplace and beyond

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Soft Skills. Growth Mindset. Employability Skills. There are several different names for them, but regardless of what they are called, these skills are frequently associated with success: success in the classroom; success in the workplace; success in life. As practitioners, these are the skills that we want students, adult learners, caregivers, and even colleagues to… Read more »

National Center for Families Learning honors the memory of Barbara Bush

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“Barbara Bush was an incredible national treasure for what she accomplished through her determination and passion for a literate America. Barbara was never about politics or image in championing the cause for literacy, but was so genuinely concerned that all parents had opportunities and skills to read a book to their children just as she… Read more »

Guest Post: Use your library voice—family learning through libraries

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The following is part of a series of guest posts by leaders in the field of literacy. This guest post is by Margaret Caspe, PhD, director of research and professional learning at Global Family Research Project. What do you think about when you look at this mural? For a grandmother caring for her 3- and 5-year… Read more »

NCFL joins national Book Rich Environments initiative to eliminate ‘book deserts’

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is proud to announce that we have joined the Book Rich Environments (BRE) initiative! This partnership is a collaboration between the National Book Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Libraries Council, and the U.S. Department of Education. Additionally, across the U.S., 36… Read more »

National Literacy Directory announces next funding round for literacy and education programs

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The National Literacy Directory has opened a new round of funding in its Innovation Grants series. Two $1,000 grants are available to literacy and education programs with up-to-date member profiles listed in the National Literacy Directory. Grant applications are also open to organizations* that create a National Literacy Directory user account and add their program profile… Read more »

Putting the family at the forefront of everything we do

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In a February post, we shared effective habits of Toyota Family Teachers of the Year that are detailed in our recent book, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities. This month we explore the first of those habits—putting families at the forefront of everything we do in the classroom. In this post, we’ll consider specific recommendations for looking at family as the… Read more »

Exciting news from Toyota Family Learning partners

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The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited to share the good work that our partners are doing throughout the country in Toyota Family Learning programs. In short, over the 2016-2017 school year, participating parents improved their workforce skills, got better jobs, and increased their income. They’re engaging more often in rich interactive literacy… Read more »