Category: Advocacy

Shutdown vs. Social Safety Net

The Partial Shutdown of the Federal Government Has Devastating Effects on Adults with Low Levels of Literacy and Numeracy Numerous news articles and blog posts over the past few weeks have underscored the magnitude of the impact that the partial federal shutdown is having…

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…

Briefing on the Value of Adult Education

I will be coordinating the panel of speakers for a Congressional briefing on the outcomes and significance of federal support for adult literacy on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The briefing is free and open to the public. Downloadable invitation: National Coalition for Literacy Invitation-1

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….

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…

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…

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…

The Positive Power of the Arts

This summer the research and advocacy organization Americans for the Arts has released the report Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts & Cultural Organizations & Their Audiences. We know that the arts and cultural resources contribute to community and…

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…

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…

Check In with Congress to Support the Humanities

The week of October 3-7 is National Humanities Check-In Week! Through this initiative, the National Humanities Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities are encouraging citizens to check in with their Members of Congress to reinforce the…

Good News for a Change

“For the entire history of the human species until the 1960s, a majority of adults were illiterate. Now 85 percent of adults worldwide are literate and the share is rising,” Nicholas Kristof notes in a September 22 New York Times op-ed, The Best News…