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National Center for Family Literacy Training Workshops



Foundations in Family Literacy is the basis for NCFL’s imPACT System for Family Literacy Professional Development. This training provides beginning family literacy practitioners the foundation needed to fully understand the comprehensive, four-component family literacy model. Foundations is designed to provide a basic overview of the principles and practices of family literacy and the research that supports those practices.

Program Administration — Even Start focuses on the development and management of Even Start family literacy programs that provide high-quality, research-based services to eligible families. Participants will learn how to apply the principles of Even Start legislative, regulatory, and guidance documents, with specific emphasis given to the 15 essential elements.

Collaborating for Component Integration guides participants toward integrating all four components of a family literacy program through creating core messages, assessing levels of services, and developing curricular connections based on the goals, needs, and interests of families.

Evaluating Your Family Literacy Program is designed to provide family literacy practitioners and administrators with the tools and skills necessary for evaluating a four-component family literacy program. Topics such as data collection and management, reporting, and use of an outside evaluator are discussed.

Recruitment and Retention in Family Literacy is based on the research regarding adults’ motivation to attend educational programs as well as on their persistence in staying in the program until they have met their needs. Through this highly interactive training, participants learn how to interpret the research and apply the findings to recruitment and retention efforts in their family literacy programs.

Work-Focused Strategies: Proven Results and Design is designed to give adult education teachers tools that incorporate work-related learning with GED/literacy instruction.


Children’s Literacy — Infants and Toddlers focuses on the research-based skills and strategies that promote language and literacy learning in infants and toddlers, delivered within the context of children’s everyday experiences, routines, environments, and relationships.

Children’s Literacy — Preschool focuses on the research-based skills and strategies important for preparing preschool children to get ready to learn to read. A specific focus on intentional and purposeful teaching through an assessment-to-instruction process is emphasized, along with making connections to the four components of family literacy programs.

Building Readers Training for Child Care Professionals helps child care providers support the development of young children's language and literacy skills in child-care centers and homes. Research-based strategies to prepare children to learn to read are explored for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Parent’s support of developing language and literacy skills is discussed as an important element of children’s school readiness.

Book Talk: Parents and Children Together (Dialogic Reading for Family Involvement)

This interactive session will explore Dialogic Reading, a research-based process utilizing conversations around books that increase children’s vocabulary. Find out how to use Dialogic Reading in your preschool classroom and how to share with parents so they can use at home.


Adult Education in Family Literacy — ABE Reading Instruction focuses on the scientifically based skills and strategies that impact ABE reading achievement important to adult educators working in family literacy programs, reinforcing the role of parents in children’s developing language and literacy, and working toward an integrated family literacy program.

Adult Reader Profiles: Research-Based Strategies for Meeting Varied Needs (2 days) offers a detailed introduction to the research, focusing on the components of reading that may contribute to a reading problem: alphabetics skills, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. The training introduces assessments and a variety of research-based instructional strategies for improving adults’ reading skills by addressing their needs in the reading-component areas.


All Your Parents = AYP explores evidence-based strategies for parent involvement that help parents support children’s overall academic goals and help schools meet the No Child Left Behind goals of Adequate Yearly Progress.

Building Literacy into Your Parent Education Curriculum provides research-based strategies that parents can learn in Parent Time and practice in PACT Time®, to impact their children’s literacy development

Connecting Parents and Elementary Schools (2-day) focuses on connecting elementary parents and their children’s schools, moving from typical parent involvement activities to high-quality parent engagement that supports children’s academic achievement, particularly in the area of reading instruction. 

Connecting Parents and Elementary Schools: Creating Parent-Teacher Partnerships focuses on themes to support parent-teacher partnerships in elementary schools, including such topics as increasing parent-teacher communication and creating family friendly schools. (Same as day one of Connecting Parents and Elementary Schools)

Connecting Parents and Elementary Schools: Parent Engagement for Student Achievement (Same as day two of Connecting Parents and Elementary Schools) builds on the concept of parent involvement explored in Creating Parent-Teacher Partnerships, and guides participants toward parent engagement—involving parents at such a level to impact student achievement, particularly in the area of reading instruction.

Family Money Matters financial concepts for adults important for understanding and developing budgets that include short and long term financial planning. In addition, strategies that engage pre-school children in basic financial activities through literature and dramatic play are practiced. Additional ideas for application are generated by the participants as they experience the workshop.

Growing Readers Right from the Start connects research to practices that support oral language and early print awareness – skills that lead to later reading success. Discover activities and resources to help parents support their infant’s or toddler’s early learning experiences.

Home Visits that Open Doors presents parent-supported activities that, done with intentionality, can make early literacy development a reality.


Using Learner Stories for Language and Literacy Outcomes: Focus on ELL introduces a framework for using learner narratives to teach language and address themes in family life through project-based work, resulting in ways to assist immigrant families in increasing their English language skills.

Parenting for Academic Success supports a new curriculum product developed by the National Center for Family Literacy in collaboration with the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and K. Lynn Savage, Educational Consultant: Parenting for Academic Success: A Curriculum for Families Learning English. Teachers, administrators, and family literacy practitioners will learn to use the curriculum, explore complete lesson plans and unique features as they plan for its implementation in a variety of program settings.


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