Category: Literacy & Numeracy

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Reading the Past, Writing the Future

Today the world observes the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day, which was initiated by UNESCO in 1966. The 2016 theme, “Reading the Past, Writing the Future,” reflects the emphasis on literacy in Goal 4 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals for 2030….

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2016

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week provides an opportunity to reflect on the many ways that adult education programs strengthen and enrich their communities. Take some time during the week of September 26-30 to learn more about a program in your neighborhood. Quick read…

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…