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Felicia C. Smith - National Center for Families Learning

Felicia C. Smith - National Center for Families Learning

Renee Shaw talks with educator Dr. Felicia C. Smith, president of the National Center for Families Learning, about getting government, families and organizations mobilized in delivering a high-quality education to kids.
Season 17 Episode 17 Length 27:33 Premiere: 2/6/22

Education Advocate Discusses the Need to Bolster Family Literacy Skills in Kentucky

According K-PREP assessment scores, about 70 percent of Kentucky children starting fourth grade can’t read proficiently. That doesn’t bode well for their future success as research indicates that those students are four times less likely to graduate high school on time.

Two bills before the 2022 General Assembly seek to boost literacy among the state’s young learners. House Bill 226 and Senate Bill 9 would create Read to Succeed programs designed to strengthen reading instruction for children in kindergarten through third grade, and train teachers on evidence-based instructional methods and assessment tools designed to foster literacy skills and identify those students who are struggling. The legislation includes millions in funding for the initiative in each year of the biennium.

“This additional investment in early reading is absolutely critical,” says Felicia Cumings Smith, a former school teacher and administrator who is now president of the Louisville-based National Center for Families Learning. “I want to applaud the Kentucky legislature for keeping their focus on early reading efforts.”

Smith says the proposals take a fresh and broad look at instruction for the teaching of reading. While the bills seek to include parents in activities that can nurture young readers at home, she says the legislation could do more to promote overall family literacy.

“Many young children who are struggling to read may come from homes where there are adults… that have struggled to read,” says Smith. “Literacy is the one thing that we know that can really transform the trajectory of families such that they have stronger economic outcomes.”

Smith says a focus on promoting literacy in children through to adult learners is also key to creating a more prosperous state.

“There are about 317,000 Kentuckians that do not have a high school diploma or a GED… We know that many of those people struggle to read,” she says. “Think about that as an implication for economic outcomes for the commonwealth.”

Moving Parents from Involvement to Engagement

A comprehensive, multigenerational approach to literacy is at the heart of the work done by the National Center for Family Learning for more than 30 years.

Smith joined the organization last fall, becoming only the second leader of NCFL. In addition to working as a classroom teacher and curriculum coach in Jefferson County Public Schools, Smith also held positions with the Kentucky Department of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Geographic Society.

“I’ve had a chance to see education from multiple perspectives and that’s what I hope to bring to NCFL,” she says. “I’ve never been afraid to take the next step or take a risk and just try something new.”

Throughout her career, Smith has advocated for more parental engagement in children’s’ education. Beyond surface-level involvement with school activities, Smith says engagement means parents are partners in the academic endeavors of their children and the schools they attend.

“Engagement builds capacity of not only the parents to understand how to work with the educators,” she says, “but it also builds the capacity of the educators to know how to shift their mindsets oftentimes about how we think about parents.”

Although a lifelong educator, Smith admits she didn’t really know what her high-school age daughter does at school all day. That changed, she says, thanks to the COVID pandemic. With extended school closures and remote learning, she says she and many other parents discovered what exactly happens during a school day.

“They got an up and close look at what was happening for their child and the types of learning experiences that were occurring,” say says.

Despite the challenges of non-traditional instruction for families and schools, Smith says parents now understand the academic instruction better, and teachers have valuable insights on how to involve parents more in their child’s learning.

“NTI and being at home during school closure really shifted how parents became engaged in the learning process because there was greater transparency and greater visibility to the types of learning experiences that were happening,” Smith says. “I believe now more than ever… family involvement and family engagement are at a peak because of what we’ve learned out of the pandemic.”

The trick, says Smith, is to maintain that level of engagement now that students are back in the classroom. She says NCFL is helping teachers and schools make learning more participatory so that parents and caregivers can continue to be involved in their child’s academic success.

Those strategies could include more high-tech approaches to learning. She says some schools are using virtual reality and augmented reality activities that push the boundaries of learning for children and adults. Smith says digital literacy skills are becoming as important for learners as traditional literacy.

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Malcolm Ratchford

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Premiered On: 11/15/2013

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Delanor Manson - Kentucky Nurses Association - S17 E36

  • Sunday June 19, 2022 8:00 am ET on KETKY
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  • Saturday June 18, 2022 4:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Walter Gilliam - S12 E40

  • Friday June 10, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Leadership - Marian Guinn and Lisa Williams; Colene Elridge - S12 E38

  • Thursday June 9, 2022 10:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Patricia Peacock - S12 E30

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Cory Jewell Jensen - S12 E18

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David Thompson - S12 E11

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School Safety in Kentucky - S17 E35

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Mitzi Sinnott - S12 E3

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FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf - S12 E2

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Phil Wilkins - S11 E43

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Tameka Montgomery - S11 E42

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Dominique Wilkins - S11 E41

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Gun Control Advocate Whitney Austin - S17 E34

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Gary Tuggle - S11 E40

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Dr. Leana Wen - S11 E39

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Ben Chandler - Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky - S17 E33

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  • Wednesday May 25, 2022 11:30 pm ET on KET
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Terrence Walton - S11 E38

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Season 17 Episodes

Fatherhood; Financial Literacy

S17 E32 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 6/21/22

Engaging Fathers; Improving Financial Literacy

S17 E31 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 6/19/22

Delanor Manson - Kentucky Nurses Association

S17 E30 Length 27:26 Premiere Date 6/12/22

School Safety in Kentucky

S17 E29 Length 29:06 Premiere Date 6/5/22

Gun Safety Advocate Whitney Austin

S17 E28 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 5/29/22

Ben Chandler - Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

S17 E27 Length 27:51 Premiere Date 5/22/22

Advancing Mental Health Awareness in Kentucky

S17 E26 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 5/15/22

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams

S17 E25 Length 27:36 Premiere Date 5/8/22

Brigitte Blom - Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence

S17 E24 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 5/1/22

Jill Seyfred - Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

S17 E23 Length 27:17 Premiere Date 4/18/22

Child Abuse Prevention in Kentucky

S17 E22 Length 28:03 Premiere Date 4/10/22

Kidney Health: Prevention, Treatment, and Organ Donation

S17 E21 Length 26:53 Premiere Date 4/3/22

Reporter Jonathan Bullington

S17 E20 Length 28:07 Premiere Date 2/27/22

Nikki Lanier - Harper Slade

S17 E19 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 2/20/22

WFPL's Stephanie Wolf and Jess Clark

S17 E18 Length 27:51 Premiere Date 2/13/22

Felicia C. Smith - National Center for Families Learning

S17 E17 Length 27:33 Premiere Date 2/6/22

Tom Shelton - Henry Clay Center

S17 E16 Length 27:33 Premiere Date 1/23/22

Cabinet for Health and Family Services Sec. Eric Friedlander

S17 E15 Length 28:10 Premiere Date 1/9/22

Exploring Solutions to the Healthcare Worker Shortage

S17 E14 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 12/12/21

William Turner on Black Life in Appalachia

S17 E13 Length 27:54 Premiere Date 11/21/21

Kentucky Poet Laureate Crystal Wilkinson

S17 E12 Length 27:43 Premiere Date 11/14/21

Addressing Needs of Kentuckians with Disabilities

S17 E11 Length 27:36 Premiere Date 11/7/21

Chelsea Ellis-Hogan

S17 E9 Length 27:11 Premiere Date 10/31/21

2021 Kentucky Book Festival

S17 E8 Length 28:12 Premiere Date 10/24/21

Devine Carama

S17 E7 Length 27:41 Premiere Date 10/17/21

Rufus Friday

S17 E6 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 10/10/21

Aaron Thompson

S17 E5 Length 28:04 Premiere Date 10/3/21

Whitney Austin - Reducing Gun Violence

S17 E4 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 9/26/21

Filmmaker Sarah Burns

S17 E3 Length 28:11 Premiere Date 9/19/21

Charlene Buckles and Dan Wu

S17 E2 Length 27:23 Premiere Date 9/12/21

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