Student speaker nominations now open!

Stories inspire us to take action, affect change, and carry on. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is calling for past and present family literacy and family learning students to share their stories this fall to inspire practitioners and peers across the country.

NCFL is seeking student speakers for its 2020 Families Learning Conference, which will be held Oct. 19-21 in Dallas. Each year during the Conference, students share their learning stories with attendees during General Sessions (a time when all attendees are gathered together at once). These stories of determination, hard work, and achievement motivate us all.

In addition to the opportunity to tell their story in front of approximately 1,000 family literacy and family learning professionals, student speakers receive all travel, lodging, and registration expenses for the Families Learning Conference courtesy of NCFL.

In order to be considered for a student speaker role, individuals must have attended a family literacy or family learning program with a two-generational learning component and completed at least one year in the program. Applicants must also have prior public speaking experience. All other requirements can be found on the Student Speaker Application page.

Applications may be completed by a student or someone nominating a student. To view questions before beginning a nomination, you can download a PDF version of the application here. All nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Friday, May 1, 2020. For assistance or questions, please contact Carrie Wohlschlegel at

Inspire practitioners across the country with your story or the story of a student you know. Apply to be a student speaker at the 2020 Families Learning Conference today!