Sneak Peek

Families Learning Conference High Level Schedule

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NCFL’s conference planning team is busy preparing the full schedule of sessions and events, which will be available in June 2018. In the meantime, take a look at sessions and presenters already confirmed, sorted by strand of content:

Adult Education

Men and Children: Strengthening the Bond
Presented by: James Welch, Southwest Human Development
This session studies the relationship between men and children from the perspective of the involved, nurturing father. Strategies for assessing and organizing successful male involvement programs will be examined through interactive discussion.

American Indian/Alaskan Native

Jennifer KohelBarbara FrancisHow Yoga & Mindfulness Can Improve Literacy Skills
Presented by: Jennifer Kohel and Barbara Francis, Fond du Lac FACE
“May I be happy. May I be peaceful. May I be loved. Namaste.”
Come learn how to actively encourage literacy with your students through the art of yoga, mindfulness, and storytelling. Sample materials will be available online to get you started in your classroom setting.


Early Childhood Education

Let’s Remember: Taking Story Times Home
Presented by: Raquel Cuperman, Creciendo Leyendo
Books and stories read in early education settings can move into the home to promote communication opportunities. One way to do this is sending the parents via email weekly flyers about the book their kids will be reading and showing simple activities around the book that they can do at home.

English Learners

Our District’s Pathway to Integration for Refugees
Presented by: Charlene Lui, Granite School District
Participants will be involved in learning about effective English language development strategies for refugee students. Also, a scope and sequence will be shared that outlines the essential skills needed to help newcomers transition to their home school. In addition, results gathered from our two generational learning project will be shared.

Wonder and Literacy Learning: A Perfect Match
Presented by: Kristie Ennis, Wonderopolis® and Matthew Arend, Sigler Elementary School
In this session, participants will connect wonder and literacy learning, and explore current research-based instructional strategies for successfully integrating self-selected independent reading into their current curriculum. All participants will leave with strategies for implementation, supporting research, and access to future support as they try out new things in their schools.

Research and Policy

Career Pathways for Adult Learners in Three Cities
Presented by: Esther Prins and Carol Clymer, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
Learn how adult education providers in Chicago, Houston, and Miami design and implement career pathways (CP). The presentation will use in-depth case studies to compare key features of CP programs and to identify salient factors that contribute to student success, including wraparound supports and bridge classes.

Partnered for Success: Fostering Literacy
Presented by: Emily Wolfe and Tabitha Stickel, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
This session examines how Penn State America Reads utilizes the Federal Work-Study (FWS) program for community service learning and will highlight research conducted demonstrating its value and benefits to both students and community literacy programs.

Funding Family Literacy Programming
Presented by: Carol Clymer, Elizabeth Grinder McLean, and Tabitha Stickel, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
This session will provide an overview of federal, state, and local funding that might be accessed for family literacy. Information on fourteen federal grant programs that include family literacy in the legislation will be discussed. Examples of state and local resources being used for family literacy will also be presented.

Collecting Data that Matters
Presented by: Carol Clymer, Elizabeth Grinder McLean, and Esther Prins, Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
Tracking outcomes and measuring participants’ progress are critical factors in sustaining funding and ensuring that family literacy programs meet their goals. This session will provide tips and tools for collecting data to measure outcomes, using the data for continuous improvement, and addressing data collection challenges.

Two-Generation Learning

Shirley LeeWealth and success are in the power of your hand!
Presented by: Shirley Lee, Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) Head Start
Is there a difference between broke and broken? Learn how to effectively let go of ghosts from the past to help change the trajectory of your future. Identify the barriers that impede family progress and learn strategies and tools that can help families create opportunities for hope.



Patricia WeinzapfelNo More Mumbo Jumbo! Eliminating “Educationese”
Presented by: Patricia Weinzapfel, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
Educators speak a language all their own, filled with complicated words, terms and acronyms. They call it “Educationese” but to parents, it’s just Mumbo Jumbo. This workshop is designed to help you translate your Mumbo Jumbo and improve your communication skills so you can build stronger partnerships with families.



Frances FrostReaching Over Barriers to Engagement
Presented by: Frances Frost, U.S. Department of Education
Barriers related to history, culture, language, and income often hold parents back from being full participants in their child’s education. Yet, we recognize effective family engagement as a step towards greater equity in schools. Discuss principles of engaging families and strategies to reduce barriers and empower families in this workshop.



Gay Mohrbacher

Anne Thomas2-Generation Learning with PEEP Family Science App
Presented by: Gay Mohrbacher, WGBH (Boston’s PBS station) and Anne Thomas, AVANCE-Dallas
For at-risk children outside preschool, accessing science experiences depends almost entirely on parents—but many parents have limited skills for supporting such learning. Try PEEP’s Family Science App, research-based and designed to provide that support, modeling science skills, supplying activities, and prompting parents to use strategies that deepen their child’s learning.


Intergenerational Legacies of Family Well Being
Presented by: Jeri Levesque, Center of Effort
Participants will create chains of change for adults, children, and families to show how family learning programs meet metrics of human well being working in tandem with government Safety Net resources.

The Power of Storytelling in Literacy Development
Presented by: Kendra Smiley and James Welch, Southwest Human Development
Everyone has their own story. This workshop will examine how storytelling can be used as a powerful tool in language and literacy development. We will reflect on our individual cultures and how sharing our stories can impact relationships and foster brain development.

Library track

Growing Library Patrons: Program Opportunities
Presented by: Klem-Marí Cajigas and Liz Atack, Nashville Public Library Foundation
How do you grow library users? We’ll share some of the findings of the GROW (Growing Right Onto Wellness) study, a research collaboration between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Nashville Public Library, and discuss the strategies and programs we used to engage Latino immigrant families over a three-year period.

Build Digital Futures—Family Learning in Libraries
Presented by: Paula Langsam, DC Public Library
Learn how the DC Public Library incorporates computational thinking in a parent and child engagement workshop without using technology. This two generational approach to learning brings families and community together in a resource rich environment and presents skills needed for a growing digital future.

This is only a sampling of the content we’re lining up for attendees. Expect over 100 sessions in the strands mentioned above and financial literacy, trauma-informed care, equity, digital learning, and so much more.