Tag: policy making

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

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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”…