What’s happening during AEFL Week 2016: Part Two

National:

Adult Education and Economic Inequality

World Education is publishing a blog series about adult education and economic inequality throughout the week. As part of it, they will also make available a free packet of selected Change Agent lessons related to the theme.

The staggering economic inequality in the United States affects adult education and adult learners directly and in multiple ways.  That is why we at World Education commemorate the Adult Education and Family Literacy Week this year by turning our focus on this topic in this blog series.

Digital Promise Webinar

Do your adult learners struggle with reading comprehension? Do they read, reach the bottom of a paragraph, and have no idea what they’ve just read? In support of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, our focus this month for our free webinar series is on helping adult learners develop the complex comprehension processes associated with strong reading skills. Learn from experts at Mockingbird Education specific comprehension strategies, including digital tools, that help reluctant and resistant learners deepen and develop their reading skills. Register here!

#adulted webinar Sept 28@12pmET Help adult learners improve reading comprehension. Support #AEFLWeek @digitalpromise http://bit.ly/2cln9N1

South Carolina

North Area National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

North Family Community School, The Challenge Center, is partnering with Save the Children and Reach Out and Read to hold what’s being billed as North Area National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, which began with a kick-off celebration on Saturday, Sept. 24. For more information, check out www.facebook.com/TheChallengeCenter, or e-mail sasigmon@tds.net. orstephanie.jones@yahoo.com.

Illinois

Shawnee Community College and South Suburban College (SSC)

More than 1.2 million adults in Illinois lack basic literacy skills that limit their ability to advance in education and at work. Shawnee Community College and South Suburban College (SSC) are two of the more than 84 adult education providers offering programs funded through the Illinois Community College Board, ICCB. Both are recognizing AEFL Week as an opportunity to draw attention to the need for adult education.

According to the the Gazette-Democrat, “adult education provides a path from low-income jobs and limited opportunities to the middle class wages and family sustainability.”

“Nearly 90 percent of the fastest growing jobs of the future require education or training beyond high school,” said Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson, ICCB Executive Director.

“Illinois has taken the lead in creating partnerships between adult education providers and employers to ensure a seamless pathway for students to higher education and employment in high growth occupations.”

For more information about adult education programs and services at Shawnee Community College visit www.shawneecc.edu.

For more information about adult education programs and services at South Suburban College visit http://www.ssc.edu/adult-continuing-education/.

For information on adult education throughout Illinois visit https://www.iccb.org/adult_ed.

Meanwhile, Brenda Boggs, the Literacy Program Director of the Southwestern Illinois College’s Adult Education and Literacy department, is using the occasion to put out a call for Project Read volunteer tutors.

SWIC is seeking individuals, particularly in the Granite City and East St. Louis regions, willing to commit to tutoring an adult student for two hours per week on reading, writing, English language acquisition or math, based on their student’s needs.

Tutoring is a great way to contribute to the community and make a real difference in the lives of adults and families.

Tutors receive training before being matched with one or more adult learners. Once trained and matched, volunteers receive free books and materials to use for tutoring. Tutors meet students at a public location for scheduled tutoring sessions. 

For more information, visit swic.edu/literacy-volunteer

Advertisements

2016 Literacy Leadership Award Winners

Literacy Leadership Awards

Today, on the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day, the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Literacy Leadership Awards. Our 2016 Literacy Leadership Awards Event will be held during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, on Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., here in Washington, DC in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-369.

The NCL Literacy Leadership Awards recognize individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary national contributions to improving adult literacy and English language learning in the United States. This year, the NCL will recognize the following outstanding individuals and organizations:

  • Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, for his long-standing commitment to advancing adult education at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Senator Jack Reed, who has been a champion for Adult Education funding in the U.S. Senate, and at the forefront of legislative efforts to strengthen Adult Education research and Adult Education’s role in the workforce system and Career and Technical Education.
  • The Division of Consumer & Business Education at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, for its commitment to serving and guiding adults with limited reading ability, and for its outreach to those working with them, particularly teachers in adult basic education and ESL programs.
  • Margaret Becker Patterson, of Research Allies for Lifelong Learning, and Marty Finsterbusch, of VALUE USA, for ALLIES, a groundbreaking research study on adult learner leadership.
  • John Y. Cole, Library of Congress Historian and founding Director of the Center for the Book, who has been instrumental in shaping numerous literacy and reading-promotion programs during his 50-year tenure at the Library, including the Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

In addition, retiring Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX), the Co-chair of the House Adult Literacy Caucus, will receive special recognition for his life-long commitment in support of adult education, and for outstanding leadership in advocating education as a congressional and national priority. Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN), Co-Chair of the House Adult Literacy Caucus, has also been invited.

Registration for the event is now open: http://literacyleadership2016.eventbrite.com

The NCL Literacy Leadership Awards are made possible through the generous support of NCL members, with additional support from ETS HiSET and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Find out more about becoming a sponsor.

National Coalition For Literacy Calls for Omnibus Appropriations Bill

This week NCL sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to approve an omnibus appropriations bill before the end of the calendar year, rather than passing a continuing resolution based on FY 2014 levels that inadequately supports adult education (along with many other important programs). In addition, the letter calls for an increase in funding for Adult Education to at least the $609 million level proposed in the Labor-HHS-Education bill released by Representative Rosa DeLauro in September; urges restoration of the “ability-to-benefit” provision under the Pell grant program; and endorses a call by the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce to provide at least $250 million in WIOA implementation funding.

You can read the entire letter here.

You can help! Contact your members of Congress urging them to enact an omnibus appropriations bill, with an increase in adult education funding, as soon as possible.

Coalition Announces New Board Members and Officers

The National Coalition for Literacy welcomed four new members to the organization’s Board of Directors in September: Jean Fleming, representing the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE); Silja Kallenbach of World Education; Deborah Kennedy of the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL); and Amy Schmitz of ProLiteracy.

Jean Fleming will serve as AAACE’s president for 2014-2015. She has over 30 years of experience in adult, community, and higher education, including positions in adult basic education, in workforce oriented community based organizations, and as a faculty member and advisor in higher education.

Deborah Kennedy, Associate Vice President for Adult English Language Education at CAL, leads CAL’s programs and activities in English language acquisition for adults from ABE/ESL to business and professional English. A specialist in English for specific purposes, she has extensive experience in designing, developing, conducting, and evaluating workplace communication skills programs and professional development courses for adult educators.

Silja Kallenbach, Vice President of World Education’s U.S. Division, has more than 30 years of experience as an administrator, professional development provider, program developer, researcher, and teacher. Silja is the author of numerous reports and articles that bring the lessons of her diverse project work to the field.

Amy Schmitz is the Director of Marketing and Communications at ProLiteracy, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing adult literacy and basic education. Her work focuses on rebranding and strategic communications; developing advocacy and public policy messaging; and developing and disseminating unified messages and priorities, including the organization’s social media strategy.

The new board members were installed as of September 11, 2014, and will serve three-year terms.

In addition, the Board of Directors elected new officers at its September board meeting. Jeff Carter, Director of Adult Education Initiatives at Digital Promise, was elected President. Jeff Fantine, representing COABE, was elected Vice President. In addition, former NCL President Marty Finsterbusch of VALUE and Margaret Patterson, Senior Researcher at Research Allies for Lifelong Learning (R-Ally), were elected Treasurer and Secretary respectively.

Board members whose terms expired in September include Marcie Foster of CLASP; Jane Hugo of ProLiteracy; Geri Mulligan, recently retired Director of the Center for Literacy, Education and Employment at the University of Tennessee; and John Segota of TESOL.

“Serving on an active, hands-on board like this one requires dedication, time, and a genuine commitment to the idea that working together across organizations makes our field stronger and better,” noted incoming NCL President Jeff Carter. “Our members are incredibly grateful for their service. In particular, we are deeply appreciative of Marty Finsterbusch’s willingness to step in and serve as President of the Board for multiple terms. Without his dedication we wouldn’t be in the position of strength we are in today.”

Carter continued: “I’m looking forward to working with the new members of the board, who bring with them a unique set of talents and a fresh perspective. I know that their service will provide tremendous benefits to our board and to the coalition as a whole.”

 

AEFL Week Wrap-up

Now that Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2014 has drawn to a close, we wanted to highlight a few more of last week’s activities from around the country:

Hacienda La Puente School District (CA) celebrated “this important week by [giving] books to children and having their parents read to them. For many of our students, this event is one of a very few opportunities they actually get to sit and read with a parent.”

To raise awareness “of the continued need for adult education in the local communities” during AEFL week, Kishwaukee College [IL] Vice President Dr. Mark Lanting shared his personal experience with adult education: “The road has been long and challenging from dropping out of high school, to getting my GED, all the way to getting my Ed.D. However, I am convinced that with determination, motivation, and vision, anyone can transcend difficulties and challenges in order to reach whatever goals one sets.”

Bowie-Cass Adult Education Cooperative (LA) celebrated AEFL Week in a September 26 special event recognizing “the national celebration of adult education and family literacy programs and the achievements of adult literacy students.”

In an earlier blog we wrote about the ongoing Literacy Bag Challenge (remember the ice bucket challenge?), which involves challenging a colleague to fill a bag full of literacy supplies. The Literacy Bag Challenge has caught on in MD: in this photo NCL associate member Heather Ritchie of MCAEL, who is also president of the Maryland professional association MAACCE, presented her literacy bag to Teddy Gusman, the ESOL coordinator at Greater Homewood Community Corporation in Baltimore.

Heather and Teddy LitBag

“In an effort to highlight the importance of increasing literacy” locally, county commissioners voted to “proclaim Sept. 22 to 28 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week in Bradford County” [PA]. The “newly hired coordinator of the Bradford-Wyoming Counties Literacy Program” pledged during AEFL Week to grow the program. According to its news release, the program “is conducting fundraisers, seeking grant money and donations, and doing anything else it can to find money to sustain and grow the program.”

Thank you for sharing your ideas.  We invite you to keep checking our NCL blog for news and updates from the Coalition. You can also visit our Facebook page or follow us @NCLAdvocacy and #AEFLWeek on Twitter for the latest.

AEFL Week Celebrations Continue…

As Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2014 progresses, NCL’s inbox is filling with celebration news and ideas. More of your ideas follow:

NCL member World Education offers a new tech tip lesson in honor of AEFL Week. This Online Advocacy Activity comes from the Tech Tips for Teachers blog by World Education.

In celebration of AEFL Week, Phoenix Indian Center Adult Literacy (AZ) students will present a family biography. Students will interview a family member and include questions about their life. A simple narrative will be written for display. Some examples of display include poster board, tri-fold boards, Powerpoint, digital videos, photographs, and handouts. Students will present their family biography today to current students and staff at the Phoenix Indian Center. This event gives students a chance to share the customs and traditions of their family, while incorporating literacy and technology into the activities. Each student will be recognized with a “Thumbs Up” trophy and a “Certificate of Achievement” award.

Greenup KY graphicKentucky’s governor has designated Sept. 22-28 as Kentucky Adult Education Week. To raise awareness of adult literacy, Greenup County Adult Education (KY) activities include a 5K race, displays at local public libraries and a Book-It Challenge that calls for adults to submit a photo of themselves reading to a child.

Lima (OH) is spotlighting adult education and literacy by “putting a focus on reading, writing, and basic math… This week is being used to highlight the educational struggle throughout the country and in the community.A local Fox News clip spotlights both AEFL week, the NW Ohio Literacy Center, and the Lima Adult Learning Center.

Don’t stop now! Continue to send your AEFL week ideas to: ncl@ncladvocacy.org. We will keep posting them on our NCL blog between now and the end of September. You can also visit and post ideas and photos on our Facebook page.

Welcome to the New NCL Website!

Thank you for visiting us! In celebration of AEFL Week 2014, the National Coalition for Literacy is pleased to announce our transition to a new  website. You can now find all of our AEFL Week blogs, and much more, at http://national-coalition-literacy.org/category/aefl-week/.

Our newly streamlined site has been re-designed to help you access information about adult education advocacy quickly. The new site will also allow us to post more frequent updates and to refresh content more regularly. Plans to phase in materials from our former site, as well as new information, are in the works. Thank you for your patience during this transition. Enjoy the new site!