Call for Proposals Detailed Information

National Center for Families Learning Conference 2018
Call for Presentation Proposals
Final Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) seeks high-quality, energetic, and engaging presentations for our 2018 Families Learning Conference, September 24-26, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Thank you for your interest in participating in this dynamic gathering of family engagement practitioners, educators, librarians, community stakeholders, and others to work together to eradicate poverty through education solutions for families.

While education solutions for families are many, this conference and the selected presentations will focus on education solutions that touch all members of the family. To maximize your chance of selection to present, please submit a proposal that meets one of our focused Education Solutions Strands. These strands include topics that focus on:

  • Adult Education
  • American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Learners
  • Research and Policy
  • Two-Generation Learning

Target your proposal toward educators, family practitioners, family literacy and family learning program staff, school administrators, library staff, and/or community leaders.

The Call for Proposals submission is due by Thursday, March 1, 2018 (advanced call by Friday, January 19, 2018). Each presentation session will be one hour and fifteen minutes in length. You will be notified no later than Monday, April 16, 2018, regarding the status of your proposal. Proposals that feature commercially available products will not be accepted.


Criteria for Selection

The primary goal for the selection of presentations for the 2018 Families Learning Conference is that the proposed session topic is relevant to the Education Solutions Strand you select. Be certain that the presentation addresses the demographic audience indicated in each strand description below.

Including the following types of information will also provide our selection team with a clear vision of your proposal intent:

  • Identify your target audience
  • Provide learning objectives
  • Reference evidence-based practices
  • Connect to two-generation learning
  • Share strategies, implementation ideas, and/or lessons learned
  • Provide content that inspires discussion
  • Interactive presentation style


Education Solutions Strands

See the additional detailed information below about each of the conference Education Solutions Strands.

Adult Education

Presentations in this strand will focus on adult education that is connected to family-focused programming, building upon the premise that when parents increase their own education and skills, the entire family benefits. Adult education classes provide foundational skills to help students gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful in the workforce. Family literacy/learning programs can meet this need through helping adult education students build their human and social capital through adult basic education classes and Family Service Learning projects. New federal changes within the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) have shaped adult education programs and may be a focus in this conference. Presentations may include such topics as: learner diversity; adult English as a second language (ESL) classes; GED® preparation; literacy education; adults supporting children’s education; college preparation; building strong technology skills that support education and work goals; and getting a job or gaining skills to pursue a better job.

American Indian/Alaskan Native

NCFL is interested in featuring a large number of sessions that target the American Indian/Alaskan Native audience. For over 28 years, NCFL has worked closely with the Family and Child Education (FACE) program funded by the Bureau of Indian Education, as well as other American Indian programs on reservations across the nation. This conference is considered part of the FACE program’s advanced professional development for staff who work in 47 FACE programs on 10 American Indian reservations. Relevant topics for this audience include strategies for four-component family literacy programs, such as: preschool education strategies and instruction in a native context; adult education strategies and instruction in a native context; engaging parents in full-time, part-time, and flex-time programs; overcoming barriers for enrollment in programs and daily living; addressing social issues of suicide, depression, domestic violence, addiction, food scarcity, and housing; attaining educational goals; addressing job scarcity; language and culture preservation and revitalization; book scarcity; and entrepreneurship projects.

Early Childhood Education

Focus your session topic in this strand on early childhood education (birth to age 8 years) that connects to family literacy/family learning programming. Children are an integral part of the family literacy/learning process. In traditional family literacy programs, preschool children come to school alongside their parents to prepare for kindergarten. Some family literacy programs focus on the elementary students so that parents can better support their older children’s academic achievement. Preschool classrooms in family literacy programs focus on children’s language and literacy skill development as part of the kindergarten readiness curriculum. Teachers are trained to provide high-quality early childhood experiences, interactions, and instructional practices that meet early learning standards. Suggested topics within this strand include guidance about: instructional strategies, curriculum implementation, engaging parents, teamwork, collaborating with adult education, language and literacy strategies, innovative early childhood practices, assessment to instruction, children with special needs, dual-language learners, child outcomes, program impacts, and more.

English Learners

NCFL desires a strong conference focus on supporting English Learners in family literacy/learning and family engagement programming. Racial and ethnic diversity has increased dramatically over the past 35 years, enriching our public schools with students whose families embody a global village. Of the children born in the U.S. to at least one foreign-born parent, the majority are Hispanic. This is a pattern that reflects the recent rise of immigration from Latin America. Approximately 16% of English language learners who are Hispanic/Latino are first-generation immigrants (U.S. Census Bureau, 2013). The demographics of the nation’s students imply that most, if not all, teachers can expect to have English Learner (EL) students in their classrooms (U.S. Ed. NCELA, 2015). Successful proposals in this strand may focus on topics that connect English Learners to family engagement programs, such as: reinforcing partnerships to support students, building social capital, two-generation successes with immigrant families, overcoming barriers for school/program participation, working with dual-language families, communication strategies, understanding American school systems, outcomes of children, parents, and families in immigrant programs, and more.

Research and Policy

Sessions that focus on current topics of educational research and policy have long been an integral part of NCFL’s national conference. NCFL welcomes the submissions of proposals that feature the outcomes of research-based program studies and outside evaluations of family programs, particularly programs with a two-generation focus such as family literacy or family learning. In addition, research studies that connect directly to any of the conference Education Solutions Strands are strongly encouraged. These include: Adult Education, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Early Childhood Education, English Learners, and Two-Generation Learning. Policy presentations that also make these direct connections to the conference strands are encouraged.

Two-Generation Learning

Presentations that focus on two-generation learning within programming and that are relative to family literacy, family learning, and family engagement are encouraged. NCFL briefly defines these terms in the following ways:

  • Family Literacy – NCFL traditional, four-component family literacy programs that are based on the federal definition of family literacy, and include adult education, early childhood education, parent education, and interactive parent-child activities. This model is built on intensity and duration of services and is focused on child and adult outcomes.
  • Family Learning – the NCFL model built from the traditional model that also includes parent engagement, adult skill building, Family Service Learning, and building social capital. Also built on intensity and duration of services, these programs focus on child, adult, and family outcomes.
  • Family Engagement – two-generation learning opportunities, events, activities, and strategies that focus on engagement that supports children’s academic achievement and sometimes on the adult’s learning and growth.


Additional Information

A/V Information

The basic A/V package that will be in all presentation rooms includes an LCD projector and screen, a podium with a mic, speakers for sound, and free Wi-fi. You must bring your own laptop and the projectors will be PC compatible. Mac and select PC ultrabook users with no VGA port must bring an adapter if they plan to use the projectors. These are typically miniDisplay Port to VGA adapters (example here) or USB Type C to VGA (example here).

If selected as a presenter, additional equipment can be arranged through NCFL for a rental fee and the costs will be included on your final registration and acceptance form that you must complete and return.

Agreement Between NCFL and Selected Session Presenters:

  • Selected session presenters must return all forms and register for the Families Learning Conference by the dates designated on the form that will be provided when accepting this opportunity.
  • If accepted, lead presenters may register for $250, which is 50% off the full conference cost of $499, and must register by special registration form to be provided at time of acceptance.
  • Co-presenters can register for the early bird cost of $399 until the date designated on the acceptance form.
  • Presenters are responsible for copying and furnishing all handouts for the session.
  • All presenters must adhere to copyright laws.
  • Selling or promoting products is not allowed during the sessions. You may only describe how materials are used in an educational setting.
  • Each presenter is responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund less $75 administration fee will be issued for full conference cancellations received in writing by Monday, August 27, 2018. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after Monday, August 27, 2018.

Management for the Families Learning Conference will not be held responsible for, nor issue refunds based on, illness, travel or weather-related interruptions, or other independent issues requiring cancellation after Monday, August 27, 2018. Substitutions are permitted.