Active advocacy builds and sustains public commitment to ongoing education for adults. Through our work with the National Coalition for Literacy, we promote the provision of sustainable, quality educational options in adult basic education, English as a second/additional language, adult secondary education, and career/technical education.
We bring a strengths-based approach to all of our advocacy work. Our advocacy messaging rests on an asset-focused framework that has four foundation points:
By combining data on needs and impacts with illustrations of what works and why within this framework, advocacy statements depict adult education organizations as builders and sustainers of a rich and resilient civil society and create connections that generate support from the broader community and responsiveness from policy makers.
Fact sheets and information on adult literacy, numeracy, and English language learning in the United States.
A list of recent resources that practitioners can use to inform their advocacy for adult education and adult learners.
Frames, Facts, Stories: Advocating for Results in Adult ESOL (TESOL, March 2021)
Adult Educators Make the Best Advocates (VAACE, October 2019)
Adult Educators Make the Best Advocates: Asset-Focused Advocacy for Adult Learners and Programs (COABE, April 2017)
Narratives That Resonate: Powerful Narratives and Effective Advocacy for Adult ESL Programs (TESOL, April 2016)