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National Center for Family Literacy on Culture and Technology

This past weekend, the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) held a national conference in San Diego, California. Best-selling authors, advocates, and educators from all over the United States met to discuss the importance of language learning, reading, and teaching. A number of panels addressed the importance of cultural understanding and technology in education.

NCFL first began in 1989 and the organization focuses on bolstering family literacy programs.

“Of the 93 million adults in the U.S. functioning at or below basic levels of literacy, 30 million are the parents or primary caregivers of children ages 8 and under,” said Sharon Darling, president and founder of NCFL, in a statement. “A multi-generational problem needs a multi-generational solution. Family literacy provides practical, effective solutions to so many of the challenges facing our education system today, such as creating meaningful parent engagement.”

Speakers addressed tracks such as English as a Second Language, diversity in the classroom, and the necessity of having a multicultural understanding.

“As humans, we have a lot of things in common, but not everything about it is exactly the same,” said Angela Mooney of Corban University. “The purpose is not to be put people in boxes. There are differences in every culture.”

The conference held informative sessions for conference attendees, some of which highlighted new technology in the classroom as well as the impact of social media on learning outcomes.

“They use skills that they can use for work later,” commented Cassandra Scarpino of the The Family Place, a nonprofit based in Washington D.C. “It’s a reinforcement of what they learn.”

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