Call for Proposals

The Families Learning Conference is coming to Louisville, Kentucky November 18-20, 2024!

Each year, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) recruits the country’s leading family engagement professionals to present best practices, strategies, and resources to help families succeed in accomplishing their learning and career goals. NCFL is seeking proposals reflecting highly interactive and engaging presentations that include strategies and/or materials that attendees can use in their classrooms or programs.

This Call for Proposals opens Monday, February 26. The deadline has been extended to 11:59 pm PDT, Wednesday, May 1.

The application period has closed.

Jump down to: Key Dates // Presenter benefits and agreement // Presentation details // Selection criteria // Content area information // Information about our attendees

Key dates:

February 26, 2024: Application opens
April 15May 1, 2024: Application closes
Late spring 2024: Applicants notified of acceptance
Mid-July 2024: Presenters notified of date/time for presentation
September 23, 2024: Presenters must be registered for conference
October 25, 2024: Hotel room block expires
November 12, 2024: Deadline to upload digital presentation materials for conference mobile app
November 18-20, 2024: Conference event dates

Presenter benefits and agreement

Lead presenters receive:

*A limited number of scholarships to cover registration costs will be available

Lead presenters agree:

Presentation details:

Selection criteria:

Your proposal has the best chance of being selected if you:

Content area definitions:

While education solutions for families are many, this conference and the selected presentations focus on education solutions that involve all members of the family and help to advance equity in communities. Presentations must focus on multigenerational learning strategies, best practices, or innovations, or family learning research, evaluation, or policy. To maximize your chance of selection to present, please submit a proposal that meets one of our focused content areas:

Family Literacy:

The four-component Family Literacy model includes children’s education, adult education, parent education, and interactive parent-child literacy and learning activities (Parent and Child Together [PACT] Time®). Presentations in this content area may include such topics as: learner diversity; adult English as a second language (ESL) classes; high school equivalency preparation; literacy education; adults supporting children’s education; career and college readiness; building strong technology skills that support education and work goals; goal setting for participants; intergenerational instructional strategies; curricular implementation; collaboration among early childhood and adult education; language and literacy strategies for multilingual families; innovative early childhood practices; assessments supporting instruction; learners with disabilities; dual-language learners; recruiting and retaining families for programming; community partnerships that align with families learning; and new innovations in family literacy services.

Family Engagement:

Family engagement programming includes learning opportunities, events, activities, and strategies that are focused on developing oral language and literacy skills, achieving developmental milestones, and supporting children’s learning outcomes. Presentations in this content area should reflect strong family engagement efforts that are designed in partnership with schools, districts, and community-based organizations, and are aimed at building dual capacity of families and educators. Suggested topics include building relationships with families, increasing positive communication, supporting at-home learning, involving families in decision-making, co-designing family engagement with families, engaging families that are second language learners, and supporting hard-to-reach families. Proposals that target innovative classroom practices and instructional strategies related to literacy, STEAM, inquiry-based learning, integration of technology, cultural competence, and social-emotional learning will also be considered.

Family Leadership:

Family leadership programs are designed to support parenting adults and caregivers with knowledge and skills by providing tools and learning opportunities to become engaged advocates for themselves, their children, their families, and communities. NCFL welcomes the submission of proposals that feature inclusive and informative practices for family leaders. Suggested topics for this content area include co-design, advocacy, language inclusive practices, community outreach planning, power and asset mapping, and strategies for parents and caregivers to engage other parents and caregivers, schools, and community organizations.

Research and Evaluation:

Sessions that focus on current topics of educational research have long been an integral part of NCFL’s national conference. NCFL welcomes the submissions of proposals that feature the implementation and impact of research-based program studies and evaluations of family programs, particularly programs that focus on equity and multigenerational education. Other suggested topics include insights on the challenges associated with doing research and evaluation with families who are furthest from opportunity; applying understandings of cultural context to researchers’ work; approaching evaluation co-design with families to ensure we are elevating their voices and lived experiences; and conveying quantitative data as well as qualitative data to tell the story of impact and outcomes.

Policy and Advocacy:

Successful and sustainable family learning systems (family literacy, family engagement, and family leadership) are built on creative and innovative uses of supportive policies and strong, long-lasting partnerships. This requires finessing effective communication of program successes with compelling impact data and family stories that reinforce the benefits they provide to families and more broadly, communities. Suggested topics within this content area include examples of how family learning programs have blended funding streams to provide services; how stakeholders have advocated for family-friendly policy at the local, state, and federal levels; activating parenting adults’ leadership in advocacy and policy recommendations; how data can tell convincing stories; and innovative ways to showcase programs.

Information about our attendees

In 2023, conference attendees shared the following as their primary work categories:

61% of attendees have 5 or more years of experience in education and 29% have 10 or more years of experience.

Attendees come to the Families Learning Conference for:

Highlight your organization among a national audience and share how you support families in your community. Apply to become a Families Learning Conference presenter!