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

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AEFL Week Is Approaching Fast… Share Your Ideas!

AEFL Week Graphic

National Adult Education and Family Literacy week will be September 22-28, 2014. To kick off this gala week, the National Coalition for Literacy is celebrating the many ways in which adults and their families learn. We’d love to hear how you and your adult learners are getting involved.

Please send your AEFL week ideas to: ncl@ncladvocacy.orgWe will post them on our NCL blog between now and the end of September. It’s a tremendous way to celebrate the week and spotlight what your organization is doing to advocate for adult education.  You can also visit and post ideas and photos on our Facebook page.

Not sure yet what to do? One opportunity is writing a note of thanks to your state’s U.S. Senator or Congressional Representative to thank them for their support of the newly authorized Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). You can find tips on writing to them on our website at contacting Congress.

Another opportunity is having your governor proclaim AEFL week (or month) in your state. For example, in 2012 and 2013 Florida’s governor declared the month of September as Adult Education and Family Literacy month. The state’s literacy coalition has identified numerous ways to promote literacy, such as essay contests, inviting officials to class, book collection drives, and field trips.

A few ways our member organizations are celebrating include:

American Library Association is sponsoring the month of September as Library Card Sign-up Month and urges parents to get to their local public library to sign up. Overlapping with AEFL week they are also promoting Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read.

In its August 2014 member update, COABE writes:

“Don’t forget that National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is coming up–September 22nd – 27th, 2014. NAEFL Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about adult education.  Take advantage of the new WIOA legislation to educate your policymakers at the local, state, and national level.”

International Reading Association writes…

“Our mission begins September 8, 2014, the day the world celebrates International Literacy Day and the transformative power of literacy. How can you participate? Pledge to add an extra 60 seconds of literacy activities in your classroom for 60 days. It’s that simple!” They have established an ILD 2014 Pinterest board for photos, videos, and stories.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!