James Patterson, EepyBird, and C.C. Chapman to Headline Special 2013 Conference Events

James Patterson
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Opening Session, April 28

James Patterson, author of the No. 1 best selling Alex Cross detective series and the No. 1 best selling Middle School series, will donate his time to NCFL by opening the conference on Sunday, April 28, at the Galt House in Louisville.

For the past decade, Patterson has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading. From the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website ReadKiddoRead.com, to his College Book Bucks scholarships, and his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas, Patterson has passed on his passion of books and reading and supported those who do the same.


Banquet, April 29

Can simple post-it notes really teach physics? What do education and viral videos have in common? What can we learn from everyday objects?

EepyBird, the two visionaries of the Mentos and Diet Coke viral videos, recently wrote The Viral Video Manifesto and have appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the TODAY show, and Mythbusters. EepyBird will lead banquet attendees in examining a new dimension in learning, questioning, and wonder. With EepyBird at the helm, attendees are sure to leave with new ideas and ways of thinking about education and learning.

C.C. Chapman

Closing Brunch, April 30

C.C. Chapman, national social media expert and best selling author of Amazing Things Will Happen and Content Rules, will speak at the closing brunch, leaving attendees charged and ready to make a difference in the field of learning. A champion of our work and an advisor to Wonderopolis®, Chapman has spent years helping people and brands convert passive consumers into passionate, invested advocates. His book, Amazing Things Will Happen, guides readers towards greater happiness and fulfillment in life. Using tenets of his book, Chapman will inspire and motivate attendees. Following his participation at the conference, NCFL has arranged for him to speak with the Louisville Digital Association on April 30.

Don’t miss hearing these speakers and others at the 2013 National Conference on Family Literacy. Register soon: special Early Bird pricing ends March 15.

Prominent Researchers Discuss Family Engagement, Children’s Roles in Education, Cultural Impact on Literacy Development

NCFL, in partnership with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy at Penn State University, announces the following speakers for the research strand sessions at the 2013 National Conference on Family Literacy:

  • Joyce L. Epstein, Ph.D., Director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University
  • Oscar  Barbarin, Ph.D., Lila and Douglas Hertz Endowed Chair, Department of Psychology at Tulane University
  • Vikki Katz, Ph.D., School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University
  • Rosario Ordoñez-Jasis, Ph.D., College of Education, California State University at Fullerton

Details of their featured sessions will be announced in the coming weeks. Learn from these experts at the 2013 National Conference on Family Literacy. Register soon: special Early Bird pricing ends March 15.