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This year’s Families Learning Summit will bring two-generation family engagement to life for hundreds of attendees on October 17-19, 2016, in Detroit, Mich. The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has hand-picked sessions and speakers covering everything from early literacy to adult education, and digital learning to community coalitions and family engagement research.

Whether you’re a veteran attendee or new to the Summit, you'll learn and grow with hundreds of peers working with students and families nationwide—and be inspired by the nation’s leading experts and visionaries across the educational spectrum. 

Keynote Speakers | Families Learning Summit

Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America, Inc., who will share highlights from the NCFL-Toyota partnership, discuss Toyota’s commitment to education and families learning together, and introduce the 2016 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year.

Sonia Manzano, who played “Maria” on Sesame Street for more than 40 years, was one of the first Hispanic characters on national television who has opened doors for Latinos and speaks out for literacy, diversity, and the issues children face in our media-saturated environments.

Dale Dougherty, founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc., who launched Make: Magazine and is a leading voice in the Maker movement, which has recently caught the nation’s attention.

Tatanka Means, award-winning actor and stand-up comic who represents Oglala Lakota, Omaha, and Navajo Nations, and tirelessly advocates for equality and advancement for Native Americans.

William Mehojah, Jr., former director of the Office of Indian Education Programs (now the Bureau of Indian Education) who helped develop the Family and Child Education (FACE) program that has enrolled more than 47,000 adults and children.

Dana Suskind, author and founder of Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain, that helped bring national attention to the need for parents to understand the importance of exposing their children to rich language at home during the early years.

About the NCFL/Toyota Partnership
Celebrating 25 years of exemplary two-generation efforts

We’re throwing a party—Families Learning Summit-style—to celebrate 25 years of partnership with Toyota. During a special banquet on Tuesday, October 18, NCFL and Toyota leaders and surprise guests will join keynote speaker Sonia Manzano as she guides Summiteers through the inspirational stories and powerful moments that built one of the nation’s most progressive nonprofit-corporate partnerships—and benefited more than two million families in communities around the U.S. 

With a focus on education, safety, and the environment to improve the quality of life for its workforce, customers, and their families, Toyota has invested more than $46 million to fund two-generation family literacy programs at more than 280 sites in 55 communities and 31 states.

Featured Panels | Families Learning Summit
About the NCFL/Toyota Partnership
Integrating Technology Panel
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center's Dr. Michael H. Levine will lead a panel on Integrating Technology in Early Learning and Family-Strengthening Initiatives based on research conducted for Levine and New America's Lisa Guernsey's book, Tap, Click, Read. Panelists include Sandra Gutierrez, national director of Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors; Jason Quiara, program officer for the Joyce Foundation; and Emily Roden, co-founder and executive director of ReadyRosie.
About the NCFL/Toyota Partnership
National Two-Gen Funder Panel
National funders will convene for a roundtable discussion moderated by Anne Mosle, executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, to share unique insights from funding local, regional, and national initiatives focused on two-generation solutions that serve children and families. Panelists include Tonya Allen, Skillman Foundation's president and CEO; Sally McCrady, The PNC Foundation president; and Paula Sammons, W.K. Kellogg Foundation program officer.
About the NCFL/Toyota Partnership
Libraries + Schools + Communities = Powerful Programming for Family Learning
Find out how public library leaders, school leaders and partners in three communities are providing opportunities for families to learn and serve together throughout the year via Family Service Learning and digital- and Maker- influenced blended learning approaches. Panelists will share ways in which public libraries are providing engagement opportunities for all families with a two-generation, family-focused approach. 
Featured Sessions | Families Learning Summit
Featured Sessions
Ready To Learn: Supporting Early Science & Literacy Learning for Families

CPB and PBS are expanding their Ready To Learn initiative to include early science and literacy learning with families from low-income communities. Dr. Pamela Johnson, CPB, and David Lowenstein, PBS KIDS, will be joined by Dr. Nell Duke, University of Michigan's School of Education, who will illustrate the importance of informational text in early learning, and Sharon Darling, NCFL, who will highlight opportunities for family engagement.

PNC Grow Up Great
PNC Grow Up Great Lesson Center is a free resource developed by nationally known science and arts experts for early childhood educators and parents. Two sessions led by PNC’s Grow Up Great and vocabulary partner organizations will provide practical tips and discuss strategies to engage families, caregivers, and community members in promoting language and vocabulary building with young children. 
PBS Kids
PBS KIDS Family Creative Learning is a series of workshops that engage families in a dual-generation creative process utilizing PBS KIDS ScratchJr, a free creative coding app. This hands-on session will focus on the what, why, and how of the workshops and the digital tools being used as well as how others can jump in and join the fun!
Dr. Irwin Kirsch
Our nation is in the midst of a growing crisis of opportunity. Dr. Irwin Kirsch of Educational Testing Service will discuss his most recent policy report, Choosing Our Future: A Story of Opportunity in America. His session will explore and describe the forces and circumstances that govern access to opportunity and propose a framework for policies to expand opportunity for all Americans.
Chris Lehman
By better understanding reading development, parents and families become even stronger partners for children. Christopher Lehman, founding director of The Educator Collaborative, will share concrete methods to best support families in understanding research-based reading milestones, grades K-8, and how families can assess and support children's reading in fun and understandable ways. 
Dr. Luis C. Moll
Dr. Luis C. Moll, University of Arizona, will provide an overview of the "funds of knowledge" approach to culture and education. Three aspects of this work are emphasized and a brief video of a household visit illustrates the dynamics of the approach. Attendees will learn how the approach has been elaborated, modified, or applied in four different cultural settings—Spain, South Africa, Uganda, and New Zealand.
Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
Too much of today's conversation about families is about what's wrong with them: failures and problems or vulnerabilities and stresses. Drawing on Search Institute's national research and on-the-ground partnerships, Dr. Eugene C. Roehlkepartain invites leaders to transform the narrative about families and family engagement to recognize the power of family relationships and the strengths of America's diverse families as vital partners for children's learning and success.

View all Summit sessions, including strands sponsored by 

GED Testing Service
Goodling Institute
Literacy Funders Network
Hotel and Travel | Families Learning Summit

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is the official Families Learning Summit hotel. Use this passkey to make your discounted reservation:

Delta is offering Summit attendees discounted flights. Reservations and ticketing are available via using the Summit meeting code, NMNMK.

For more to do while you're in Detroit, check out our Attractions and Dining guide.

Join us in Detroit this fall! The 2016 Families Learning Summit will take place October 17-19, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. To register and find more information, please visit or email
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