Monday, 28 of July of 2014

Mark your calendars for Adult Education & Family Literacy Week September 22-28, 2015!

More information will be coming soon on how you can highlight your program and learners during this week of national recognition.

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NCL Letter in Support of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Leaders in the US House of Representative and the US Senate introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Entitled the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), this legislation would reauthorize WIA and bring some reforms to the law that the field of adult education has sought for many years.

View the NCL Letter in Support of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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  • Diane Galemmo

    in July 11th, 2014 @ 14:02

    I am interested in volunteering for a children’s literacy program in my area. I live in New Port Richey, Fl. 34655. Please let me know if there are any volunteer opportunities available for me.

    Thank you.



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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 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.


  • 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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