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/

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

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 individual quality of life in a variety of ways; this report … Continue reading The Positive Power of the Arts

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

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 You Don't Know. However, most people in the United States don't … Continue reading Good News for a Change

Advocacy and Policymaker Pressures

The summer 2016 issue of Educational Leadership, published by ASCD, contains an article with useful guidelines for advocates seeking to influence policy at local, state, and national levels. In “What It Takes to Get a Policymaker’s Attention,” Celine Coggins describes the three “central pressures” that influence policymaker thinking: promoting equity, allocating scarce resources, and addressing … Continue reading Advocacy and Policymaker Pressures

The Divide Isn’t Just Digital

A powerful infographic on the divide between those who have attended college and those who have not, from the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University. "Out of the 11.6 million jobs created in the post-recession economy, 11.5 million went to workers with at least some college education." https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/DR-infographics-1.pdf#zoom=250

A Resolution That Sees Beyond the Self

In her January 14 column, Lonnae O'Neal suggests that, for this new year, we resolve to be mindful of others — and act on that awareness consistently, responsibly, and respectfully. Must the poor lose privacy before we give? by Lonnae O'Neal, wapo.st/lonnae I had never heard the term “poverty porn” — the idea of using … Continue reading A Resolution That Sees Beyond the Self