The Families Learning Conference, produced by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), is for passionate people looking for innovative family learning strategies and practices to support families in reaching their academic and economic goals.
Attendees will discover content for seasoned family learning professionals as well as for those who are new the field. Learn best practices and industry knowledge for engaging families in learning. Explore new teaching methods and innovations that contribute to a holistic approach to family learning. Attendees can expect content in these overarching tracks:
Family Engagement: programming that includes learning opportunities, events, activities, and strategies that support children’s academic achievement. Program supports are often less intensive and of shorter duration than family literacy or family leadership.
Family Leadership: programming that is designed to support parenting adults and caregivers with knowledge and skills to build confidence in themselves as leaders in their communities.
Family Literacy: four-component model programming that includes children’s education, adult education, parent education, and interactive parent-child literacy and learning activities (Parent and Child Together [PACT] Time®).
Research and Policy: content focusing on current topics of educational research and policy, particularly topics that feature the outcomes of research-based program studies and evaluations of multigenerational family programs.
“This is my favorite conference. It is so uplifting and I walk away with a plethora of tools to support students, families and staff.”
“I love how each theme [of the general sessions] highlights a best practice or an innovation of where the field is headed.”
“My first experience was Arizona [in 2017], where I discovered the world of NCFL and it blew me away. I keep coming back because it’s high quality. Gets you excited about family engagement.”
“NCFL’s conference provides a lot of good content. I enjoy being able to pick and choose.”
Attending will provide opportunities for you to build your network of peers and funders. At the Families Learning Conference, NCFL and attendees together foster a strong sense of community and idea sharing. Attendees have said that the connections they made at our past conferences have lasted years and have opened new avenues for their work and careers.
For the virtual portion of the conference, to be held Oct. 25-26, the conference planning team is incorporating engaging networking opportunities to bookend each day; plus sessions will be held in Zoom to allow for interaction and engagement among attendees and presenters. Check out the high-level agenda for more details.
For registrants opting to attend a Regional Meetup, to be held Nov. 4 in Nashville and Dec. 2 in Phoenix, attendees will enjoy connecting at a welcome reception complete with refreshments, activities, and live entertainment, followed by dinner at a local restaurant with a small group of attendees, organized by the conference planning team. Time will be built into each Regional Meetup for making connections and building relationships with your peers who share a passion for supporting families in learning.
“NCFL conferences have always felt like a close knit community. The mix of practitioners focusing on family literacy, math, libraries, etc, really creates a rich cross-collaborative conversation that I think sometimes other conferences don’t have. The audience is also always eager to learn and ask questions.”
“[I look forward to] being able to meet folks doing the same or similar work in different regions/sectors.”
“Love seeing people who are doing the work in the new field–real life stories of those doing the work.”
The Families Learning Conference offers a schedule of high-quality, innovative, content-rich sessions as well as opportunities for networking and connection. Plus, registrants for the virtual portion have access to recorded content for 90 days after the event.