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Ten days out–Here’s what you can expect at the 2018 Families Learning Conference

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It won’t be long now! The 2018 Families Learning Conference is little more than a week away and we’re putting the final touches on the event. Here’s what you can expect this year:

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The 2018 Families Learning Conference kicks off with the Opening Session on Monday, Sept. 24, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Sharroky Hollie who will discuss the importance of cultural responsiveness in our work with families. Choose from over 60 concurrent sessions spanning six strands of content. GED Testing Service® will provide an afternoon pick-me-up with coffee and sweets for 175 attendees who sign up for a free ticket. End the day with a free evening reception sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great®, plus a special “night session” with Google.

Tuesday, Sept. 25, begins with beach yoga at 6 am for early risers, followed by the General Session featuring keynote speaker Stanley R. Holder Sr., member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes. Over 60 concurrent sessions will be offered, including a live webcast exploring library programming in communities around the country. Tuesday ends with our dinner banquet celebration, featuring a keynote by best-selling author and television host Brad Meltzer. A book signing with Brad will follow the Banquet.

Enjoy beach yoga again on Wednesday, Sept. 26, before deciding between two extended “deep dive” sessions on the subjects of equity and trauma-informed care. The Families Learning Conference ends with the Closing Brunch, featuring keynote speaker Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, with a plated meal. A book signing with Tom will follow the Brunch.


We’re excited to convene hundreds of educators, family engagement staff, librarians, and others serving families through education solutions. If you haven’t registered, there’s still time! Three-day and one-day rates are available at conference.familieslearning.org/register.

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