Learning from the Forgotten 90 Percent

Why is it that only 10 percent of the adults in the United States who lack basic literacy and numeracy skills participate in adult education? Program capacity is certainly one reason. But what about the adults themselves? What is holding them back, and what changes could increase their levels of participation? To find out, VALUEUSA … Continue reading Learning from the Forgotten 90 Percent

Literacy and Social Justice, 50 Years On

The sanitation workers' strike in Memphis took place 50 years ago, but the literacy issues at its heart are still with us, as Courtland Milloy of the Washington Post points out. [The Memphis sanitation strike was a fight for better pay and working conditions. Now workers need to fight for better training, 1 February 2018] … Continue reading Literacy and Social Justice, 50 Years On

Adult Ed & Family Literacy Week 2017

AEFL Week is here! And here are links to resources that you can use to promote adult education and family literacy in your communities and with your legislators. National Coalition for Literacy resource page: http://national-coalition-literacy.org/adult-education-and-family-literacy-week/aefl-week-resources/ World Education blog series on The Well: http://thewell.worlded.org/raising-our-civic-voices/ TESOL resource page: http://www.tesol.org/advance-the-field/advocacy-resources/aefl-resources Educate & Elevate Campaign Toolkit: http://educateandelevate.org/campaign-tools/

Highlighting Literacy Success Stories

This week two corporations that have long supported adult and family literacy are launching a new social media campaign "aimed at educating customers on the positive impact literacy and reading advancements can make in one’s life and inspiring people to continually look to learn and reach their own educational goals." The campaign, Here's My Story, … Continue reading Highlighting Literacy Success Stories

Literacy in a Digital World

Friday September 8 is UNESCO International Literacy Day. The theme for 2017 is "literacy in a digital world." According to the UNESCO ILD website, the day's "overall aim [is] to look at what kind of literacy skills people need to navigate increasingly digitally-mediated societies, and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage … Continue reading Literacy in a Digital World

Parents’ Education => Children’s Academic Success

In an August 22 blog post, Education Week's Marva Hinton reports on a new study that demonstrates the connections between children's early home environment and the development and persistence of their academic skills through 5th grade. The study, conducted by Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda and colleagues at New York University and published online in Applied Developmental … Continue reading Parents’ Education => Children’s Academic Success

Defining and Promoting Success for Adult Charter Schools

The July 13, 2017 issue of the Washington City Paper included a detailed report by Rachel M. Cohen on adult charter schools in the District of Columbia: Where D.C. has failed on adult education, charter schools fill the void. This lengthy article is worth reading in its entirety because it provides the context for understanding … Continue reading Defining and Promoting Success for Adult Charter Schools

Digital Learning in Adult Basic Education: Perspectives and Potential

Two news briefs caught my attention recently. Both described the report Evaluating Digital Learning for Adult Basic Literacy and Numeracy from SRI International, but they did so in quite different ways. The Digital Promise brief, "Digital Tools Support Adult Learning," asks "Do edtech tools support learning?" and says that "The answer, according to a new … Continue reading Digital Learning in Adult Basic Education: Perspectives and Potential

Promoting Success for Adult Learners

An excellent summary of the challenges that adult learners face and the key ways to promote their success, by senior staff at World Education. Published on 23 December 2016 at http://www.educationandcareernews.com/higher-education/beating-the-odds-of-college-success-for-adults?utm_source=arrow&utm_medium=next   Beating the Odds of College Success for Adults There are over 36 million adults in the United States whose limited literacy, math and computer … Continue reading Promoting Success for Adult Learners

Broadband Tech and Adults with Limited Literacy

The National Telecommunications & Information Administration and the National Science Foundation have issued a request for comments on the development of a National Broadband Research Agenda. Here is the response that we submitted last week. Comments on National Broadband Research Agenda Section B. Broadband Access and Adoption Question 9: What specific research and data are … Continue reading Broadband Tech and Adults with Limited Literacy