SOURCE: National Center for Families Learning

National Center for Families Learning

National Center for Families Learning

National Center for Families Learning

December 20, 2013 11:00 ET

National Center for Families Learning Reveals New Marquee Elements for Families Learning Summit and National Conference on Family Literacy

NCFL Welcomes Smithsonian as Event Partner Along With WONDER Author, R.J. Palacio, to Enhance February Summit and Family Learning Experience

LOUISVILLE, KY--(Marketwired - Dec 20, 2013) -


  • Today the National Center for Families Learning reveals additional events happening at the Families Learning Summit and National Conference on Family Literacy taking place in Washington, D.C., from February 17-19, 2014.

  • Register for the Families Learning Summit here and join fellow education and parenting advocates for special access to a wealth of practical resources that translate to enhanced learning for parents and kids in and out of the classroom.

  • Adding another layer of relevance to the Summit, NCFL announces a partnership with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History as museums escalate their outreach and educational offerings to families. 

  • The partnership offers Families Learning Summit attendees special access to museum features and a first-hand perspective of museums as resources for family engagement with special sessions. Full session details on the Families Learning Summit are available here

  • Also new to the lineup of Summit speakers is R.J. Palacio, author of the best-selling book WONDER.
    • WONDER has captured the attention of teachers, students and mainstream media alike, involving many new audiences to read, inspiring NCFL to engage with Ms. Palacio for this year's Summit.
    • R.J. Palacio will participate in a talk and book signing to follow. More at
    • Like NCFL's, WONDER champions the use of real-world investigation and experience to gain understanding of the subjects that pique our natural curiosity.

  • Additional confirmed presenters include:
    • Holly Robinson Peete, actress, parent, and education advocate
    • Dr. Joyce Epstein, parent involvement expert and director of the Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University
    • Chris Lehman, co-author of Pathways to the Common Core, Accelerating Achievement
    • Annie Murphy Paul, author of Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives

  • For the first time ever, the Summit will offer a special track of sessions provided by the Literacy Funders Network (LFN), a formal affinity group of the Council on Foundations.
    • All attendees are invited to attend one or more of these sessions, which will provide exciting insights on literacy efforts from funder perspectives.

  • Summit partners include the Urban Libraries Council for special features on literacy in libraries and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center for an in-depth look at the intersection of learning and technology.

  • "This gathering elevates our previous events so that now, more than ever, our attendees are exposed to a treasure trove of resources -- from celebrated speakers to practical sessions -- to become the best possible vehicle for setting families up for success," said Emily Kirkpatrick, vice president, NCFL.

About the National Center for Families Learning
The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping adults and children learn together. NCFL creates and deploys innovative programs and strategies that support learning, literacy and family engagement in education. From the classroom to the community to the digital frontier, NCFL collaborates with educators, advocates and policy-makers to help families construct hotspots for learning wherever they go. For more information on NCFL's 24-year track record, visit

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