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Strong Evaluations Lead to Stronger Literacy Coalitions (Links to Resources)

Jun 1 2013

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and Literacy Powerline teamed up earlier this spring to host the National Conference on Family Literacy at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville KY. This event hosted educators, administrators, literacy advocates and community leaders and funding organizations for two and a half days of knowledge sharing and strategizing on how to reach 100% community literacy. Cynthia O’Connor and Dianne Apter were pleased to attend as part of the Literacy Powerline team.   They presented two workshops on Evaluating Coalitions. Both workshops were well received and have resulted in ongoing discussions with several groups from across the country working to utilize coalitions and collaborations to strengthen their local literacy programming.

Click here to access our conference PowerPoint presentations:

– Coalition Evaluation 101 – Evaluating Your Coalition: Why Do It? How to Get Started?
– Coalition Evaluation  102 – Evaluating Your Coalition: Are We Making an Impact?
– Coalition Handouts and Resources –  Resources for Coalition Assessment2013 and Evaluating the Right Thing at the Right Time

  We also encourage you to check the Literacy Powerline website for other conference materials.   Some session materials are posted at the “Resources” tab under “Past conference materials”.

Conference key-note speakers included:

– James Patterson, best-selling author and founder of ReadKiddoRead.com
– Eepy Bird, the dynamic duo behind the “Mentos and Diet Coke” viral videos
– Susan Pimentel, lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy
– C.C. Chapman, author, speaker, motivator and digital dad

An exciting highlight of the conference occurred at the closing banquet celebration when NCFL and the U.S. Department of Education announced a partnership to advance family engagement in education across the country. The partnership will extend the Department of Education’s efforts on family engagement and NCFL’s track record of more than 20 years of providing tools and resources for educators and parents to create engaging lifelong learning opportunities for the entire family.

“Increasing family engagement is key to improving schools and neighborhoods across the country. Parents who play an active role in their children’s education – at home, at school and in the community – have a tremendous impact on factors like school readiness, motivation to learn, and study skills, as well as on high school graduation rates and college preparedness,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “We hope this partnership with NCFL will provide much needed support for efforts that will increase family and community engagement in local schools and prepare our children for lifelong success.”

Throughout the yearlong partnership, the Department and NCFL will work to develop and implement strategies to create effective family and community engagement in education and to promote community-wide collaboration to improve student engagement and learning.