Friday, 18 of April of 2014


COABE/NCL/PAACE PUBLIC POLICY AND ADVOCACY STRAND

The following sessions demonstrate the breadth of public policy issues and advocacy being addressed during the COABE PAACE conference. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
 

MONDAY, MARCH 17

  • 1:45 State Advocacy Success Stories presented by Art Ellison and JoAnn Weinberger
  • 3:30 Updates from Washington D.C.: A Federal Policy Forum presented by Jackie Taylor, Lennox McLendon, Margie McHugh and Peter Waite

TUESDAY, MARCH 18

  • 9:15 Tweet Up with Brenda Dann-Messier
  • 9:15 Education and Advocation of Emerging Refugee Populations presented by Juli DeNisco
  • 2:00 What Will Immigration Reform Mean for the Adult Education System? presented by Margie McHugh
  • 3:45 Advocacy 101-Advocacy Basics for Adult Educators presented by Art Ellison
  • 3:45 Teaching Civics for the 21st Century presented by Andy Nash

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19

  • 11:00 Present and Future of Adult Education presented by Marty Finsterbusch
  • 2:15 Online Tools for Analyzing Data presented by Venu Thelakkat

Thank you,

JoAnn Weinberger and Marcie Foster, Co-Chairs, Public Policy Strand

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Join or Renew Membership with NCL for 2014, Be Eligible to Fly Free to DC!

As our 2014 membership campaign continues, we wanted to share our thanks through a special drawing for new and renewing members. Organizations joining the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) between now and January 31, 2014, will be entered into a drawing for a free Southwest Airlines flight to Washington, DC. Southwest Airlines, a Coalition partner for adult education advocacy, is sponsoring a free flight for a member or associate delegate to attend NCL meetings in person and join in advocacy and professional development events in May or September 2014.

NCL is a growing coalition of member organizations, including members from the adult education field and valued stakeholders outside the field. In addition to full and associate organizational members, NCL invites individuals to consider becoming a Friend of NCL.  Prospective members or Friends may download an application here. Completed applications may be e-mailed, or printed out and sent by regular mail to:

PO Box 2932

Washington, DC 20013-2932

Membership is for a calendar year (January to December), and the campaign will end January 31. Please visit the National Coalition for Literacy website, or e-mail ncl@ncladvocacy.org for more information.

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Register Today! PIAAC, What Now? Live Webcast

Register Today! PIAAC, What Now? Live Webcast

November 2, 2013, 12:30 PM Eastern Time

Register for the live webcast here.  Register to attend in-person here.

In October, results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) study were released—the first seminal data about the literacy skills and competencies of adults in the U.S. in more than 10 years. How does this new information help further your day-to-day work and forward public policy favorable to the adult literacy and basic education field? Join us online via live webcast or in-person at the U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy to hear national presenters speak about the importance of the study. Receive tools, resources, tactics, and strategies for programs interested in using the PIAAC study as a way to advance your public policy agenda and to raise awareness.

Panelists:

  • Johan Uvin, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy and Strategic Initiatives
  • Stephen Reder, professor of applied linguistics, Portland State University
  • Denine Torr, Dollar General Director of Community Initiatives
  • Jackie Taylor, NCL PIAAC Campaign Manager

Session Moderator: Peter Waite, ProLiteracy Executive Vice President

Q&A Moderator: Marsha L. Tait, NCL PIAAC Project Manager

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The PIAAC US Country Report is Now Available Online!

Investing in Adult Education PAYS!The PIAAC US Country Report is Now Available on the National Center for Education Statistics website:

Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments Among U.S. Adults: Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies 2012

This report presents results of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Results are reported for a representative sample of adults in the United States age 16 to 65 and are compared to an international average of adults in countries/regions that participated in the PIAAC 2012 assessment. The report presents average score results for three separate scales: literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments and percentages of adults performing at different proficiency levels for each scale. Literacy and numeracy results are reported at Below Level 1, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4/5; problem solving in technology-rich environments is reported at Below Level 1, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. The report includes results for groups of adults as defined by various demographic characteristics (e.g., gender, age, race/ethnicity, and level of educational attainment) and level of skill use in and outside of work. Overall results in literacy and numeracy are compared to results from previous international assessments.

Stay posted for the latest updates on Investing in Adult Education PAYS! adult literacy awareness campaign. Sign up for the National Coalition’s email list,  like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

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PIAAC Press Release Template, Get Creative with PIAAC & Southwest Contest, and more!

PIAAC Resources Update from the National Coalition for Literacy

NEW!  Customizable Press Release Template for Local Programs

Use this template to respond to the initial release of the PIAAC findings.

NEW! Investing In Adult Education PAYS! Talking Points
NCL has prepared these PIAAC Talking Points for your use with media, funders, and other program stakeholders.

NEW!  NCL’s Press Release in Response to the Initial Release of the PIAAC Findings

Kickoff is Today! Get Creative with PIAAC and Southwest Contest

Need a vacation? Adult educators, submit your creative ideas for raising awareness of adult education using PIAAC findings and be eligible to win two tickets to anywhere Southwest flies! The contest kicks off today and closes October 27. Click here for details.

Save the Date:  PIAAC, What Now?

Closing Session on PIAAC at the U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy

November 2, 2013, Noon Eastern Time

Participate in-person or via live webcast. Live webcast registration will be announced shortly.

In October, results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) study were released—the first seminal data about the literacy skills and competencies of adults in the U.S. in more than 10 years. How does this new information help further your day-to-day work and forward public policy favorable to the adult literacy and basic education field? Join us in-person at USCAL or online via webcast to hear national presenters speak about the importance of the study. Receive tools, resources, tactics, and strategies for programs interested in using the PIAAC study as a way to advance your public policy agenda and to raise awareness.

NEW!  PIAAC Gateway

A one-stop resource for all things PIAAC in the US. Complete with news tracking of national events and links to national news reports on PIAAC. Brought to you from the American Institutes for Research, a member organization of the National Coalition for Literacy.

For more information and timely resources, visit Investing in Adult Education PAYS! PIAAC Campaign for Adult Literacy Home Page.

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OECD Releases Initial Results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

This morning, OECD released the first OECD Skills Outlook 2013; the initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC).  The survey evaluates the skills of adults in 24 countries. It provides insights into the availability of some of the key skills and how they are used at work and at home. A major component is the direct assessment of key information-processing skills: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in the context of technology-rich environments.

Proficiency in literacy and numeracy differs widely across the countries and subnational entities who participated in the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC).

The full report and interactive tools are available at http://skills.oecd.org/skillsoutlook.html.

Release of the US Country Report has been postponed due to the US government shutdown.  The National Coalition for Literacy is evaluating the Skills Outlook 2013 and will release its preliminary response and additional information soon.

These events appear to still be going forward:

At 10:35am — 11:10am the following session will take place at the NBC 2013 Education Nation Summit:

What It Takes: Keeping Up with the Competition, Part II – Our Workforce
The Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) report, released today, provides a groundbreaking snapshot of the skills and competencies of the adult workforce in 23 countries. In a global marketplace for jobs and talent, how do we grow the world’s best-skilled and most innovative workforce?

Moderator:
Matt Lauer
, Co-Anchor, NBC News’ “TODAY”

One-on-One Interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Honorable Arne Duncan (appearing remotely)

View Secretary Duncan’s speech live online here.

Panelists:

  • Honorable John Engler, President, Business Roundtable and Former Governor, State of Michigan
  • Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Mary Isbister, President, GenMet Corporation and Vice Chair, U.S. Manufacturing Council

Sponsored By:
University of Phoenix

2:30 PM (Paris, France) – OECD Skills Outlook 2013 – First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills

Andreas Schleicher, OECD Deputy Director for Education and Skills, will present results from the first round of PIAAC via webcast. You can register for the webinar here.