Celebrating 20 years of the Toyota-NCFL partnership at the National Conference on Family Literacy

Welcome back to the 20th National Conference on Family Literacy! We hope you’re enjoying your conference experience, and we’ve got another great day of sessions planned.

We’re kicking off today with a general session you don’t want to miss. Join us at 9:00 a.m. to hear from NCFL Vice President Emily Kirkpatrick, student speaker Karolena Begay and best-selling author Bruce Feiler, who wrote The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me.

Sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. directly after the general session. Here’s a selection of the many informative concurrent and feature sessions on deck for today. Check your conference program for a full list of sessions and for room information.

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Math Talk the Sesame Way
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Affecting Literacy Growth in Parents and Young Children with Real-World Literacy Activity: A Research Study
  • 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Common Core State Standards Initiative: Improving the Quality of Education Nationwide
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. — Best of the Best – 2011
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. — What’s So Wonderful About Wonderopolis®?

Today is your last chance to join in the Wonder Quest. Visit Wonderopolis.org to read Wonder of the Day® #183: What Is a Slam Dunk?

In honor of tonight’s NCAA National Championship basketball game between Butler University and the University of Connecticut, post your pick for tonight’s winner in the comment session for a chance to win valuable prizes such as a FlipTM video camera or an iPod® touch. We’ll announce today’s winners at Tuesday’s closing brunch at 10:15 a.m.

Have you visited the Exhibit Hall yet? Today’s Poster Sessions from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. is a great opportunity. A selection of presenters will share materials and innovative programming in an informal setting.

While you’re in the Exhibit Hall, don’t forget to visit the NCFL/Wonderopolis booth, and take your turn sharing your thoughts on family literacy or telling us what you’re wondering about in the NCFL/Wonderopolis Video Booth! The Exhibit Hall will not be open on Tuesday, so this is your last chance!

Tonight, we have a very special banquet planned to commemorate 20 years of the Toyota-NCFL partnership. In addition to hearing from our exciting speakers — Today correspondent Jenna Hager, student speaker Peyton Rhone, Toyota Honorary Chairman Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda and Toyota Motor North America President & COO Yoshimi Inaba — we’ll be reflecting on 20 years of family literacy programs for more than 256 sites in 50 cities and 30 states. We can’t wait to celebrate the amazing impact this partnership has had on family literacy!

It’s going to be another exciting day!