The countdown has begun! September 23-26, hundreds of educators, family engagement workers, librarians, and social service providers will descend upon Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for the 2018 Families Learning Conference. Will you be joining us? The Families Learning Conference is the premier event focused on innovative education strategies and practices in family literacy and learning, two-generation programming, and parent and family engagement. Attending the conference will equip you with tools and strategies that you can use right away in your community. From outstanding general session keynote speakers to over 120 concurrent sessions, don’t miss out on high quality professional development and inspiring, engaging conversations with your peers from around the country! Register today.
PS: Just announced! Google has signed on as an official sponsor of the 2018 Families Learning Conference and will be presenting the following sessions!Desserts and Digital Skills, Sponsored by Google The evening of Monday, Sept. 24 This is your opportunity to learn about digital skills from the biggest name in the field! All attendees are invited to a Google-facilitated presentation, followed by a popcorn-style Q&A event about Google’s Applied Digital Skills and CS First curriculums. Desserts and coffee will be provided, so bring your appetites and your questions! Back-to-back sessions Tuesday, Sept. 25: CS First presented by Google In this hands-on professional development workshop, attendees will learn how to use CS First (g.co/csfirst), Google’s free introductory computer science curriculum for elementary and middle school students that uses Scratch, a block-based programming language. During the workshop, teachers will learn about the importance of CS for all students and the teachers’ role in creating an environment where all students can learn equitably. You’ll get a chance to learn about the free lesson plans, solution sheets and other educator enrichment resources. At the end of the workshop, you’ll walk away with a plan of action and strategies for starting to teach CS First and a connection to the growing community of CS First teachers. Attendees are highly encouraged to bring their laptops to this hands-on session. Applied Digital Skills presented by Google In this hands-on professional workshop, attendees will learn about Google's Applied Digital Skills, a free, flexible video based curriculum that prepares students of all ages for the growing number of jobs that require basic digital skills. It can be found at g.co/applieddigitalskills. Hundreds of hours of lessons and instructional videos, presented in digestible activities for 7th-12th grade or adult learners, guide students through engaging and practical projects that equip them with the skills that will help them succeed at school, in the workplace and in life. Attendees are highly encouraged to bring their laptops to this hands-on session.
Toyota Family Learning Program
Toyota, one of the nation's most successful corporations, began a partnership with NCFL in 1991. In addition to a commitment of more than $35 million, Toyota has also contributed a wealth of in-kind support — including advertising, planning and management expertise — to form one of the most progressive corporate/nonprofit partnerships in the nation.
Three major programs have been developed through the Toyota partnership based on the family literacy model of parents and children learning together. These models have influenced federal and state legislation, leveraged local dollars to support family literacy and led to successful programs being replicated across the country.Read More about Toyota and NCFL
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation began partnering with NCFL in 2006. A signature effort of this partnership is the National Literacy Directory, a resource that launched in 2010 and strives to reach the 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 who do not have a high school diploma by guiding them to better-paying, more stable jobs.
The National Literacy Directory contains over 10,000 educational agencies located across the United States and has a dedicated toll-free number to help support those wanting to pursue educational opportunities in their communities.
Dollar General also provides support for development of NCFL’s innovative family learning resources centered on financial literacy and Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time®.Go to Dollar General Literacy Foundation's website
PNC Grow Up Great
PNC Grow Up Great believes deeply in the power of high-quality early childhood education and provides innovative opportunities that assist families, educators and community organizations to enhance children's learning and development.
PNC Grow Up Great has partnered with NCFL since 1994 to advance early literacy and learning resources for vulnerable families. Current efforts supported by PNC include a collaborative initiative in two at-risk Detroit communities that engages families to support vocabulary development for children under age 5.
NCFL's work is also featured on the PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center website. The Lesson Center includes over 100 free, high-quality preschool lesson plans and research-based instructional techniques and strategies. All lesson plans contain Home/School Connections printouts, in English and Spanish, to help families extend and reinforce the learning at home.PNC Grow Up Great
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
NCFL has partnered with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation since January 2016. The Foundation is currently supporting a dynamic two-generation family engagement initiative that expands NCFL's Family Learning model into select Head Start programs nationwide. NCFL's model presents an innovative way to support Head Start programs in meeting outcomes aligned with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework.Visit the Foundation website
Better World Books
Better World Books selected NCFL as its domestic literacy partner in 2005 and has raised more than $1 million to support NCFL’s work and donated more than $15 million to support literacy and education efforts worldwide. Better World Books is a triple-bottom-line online bookstore, working equally for people, planet and profit. Each book purchased powers literacy across the world.
Better World Books’ support of NCFL has provided books and workshops to families after Hurricane Katrina, donated large book donations to literacy programs and families nationwide and fueled innovative family literacy and learning programs and resources in libraries, schools and community-based organizations. In addition to their work for literacy and education, Better World Books diverts books from landfills and offers carbon-balanced shipping.Better World Books
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In 2013, NCFL began a partnership with the Gates Foundation to ensure that our network of students, teachers, and families thrive among recent shifts in standards-based education. NCFL will leverage the unique strengths of our award-winning Wonderopolis® platform to build upon the growing teacher network that uses the resource for core daily instruction and as a basis for professional growth.Foundation Website
NCFL has partnered with the Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University since 2001, working collaboratively to further research, professional development, and policy efforts for family literacy and intergenerational learning.
The work of this partnership includes, but is not limited to, a strong research strand at NCFL's national annual convening, the Families Learning Summit; advocacy for family literacy and learning to further support for and inclusion of family-focused education in new and ongoing legislation; and dissemination of the latest research, resources, information, and professional development opportunities for literacy and learning practitioners and advocates, including the Certificate in Family Literacy provided by the Goodling Institute.Goodling Institute for Research and Family Literacy at Penn State University