Pre-conference session with Tim Shanahan added to 2019 Families Learning Conference schedule

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is excited to present a pre-conference session on early childhood reading achievement ahead of the 2019 Families Learning Conference! The session will be free for the first 200 Conference registrants to sign up.

“How to Improve Reading Achievement” will be presented by Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, on Sunday, Nov. 3 from noon to 3 pm.

This session will review the major research reports and reviews that have been conducted over the past two decades. The emphasis of this analysis will be on identifying those aspects of literacy that are essential to reading growth as well as the instructional contexts that have successfully supported growth in those literacy components. This research information will then be translated into an agenda for learning for preschoolers, with an emphasis on identifying those earliest developing skills and the contributions that parents can have upon this development. Specific instructional procedures will be recommended. Finally, there will be an Ask the Expert segment that will allow participants to get answers to any questions that they might have about literacy learning or teaching.

Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was Founding Director of the UIC Center for Literacy. Previously, he was the director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. He is author or editor of more than 200 publications on literacy education. Professor Shanahan is a past president of the International Literacy Association. He served on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. For more information, visit his blog:

This pre-conference session is limited to the first 200 Conference registrants to sign up. Register now at!