Tuesday, 16 of September of 2014


Stories and ideas celebrating Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (beginning September 22) continue to pour in… please keep sharing throughout September via our Facebook page or by e-mailing ncl@ncladvocacy.org!

Local literacy program writes guest column and sponsors tutor training in honor of AEFL week:

Guest Column: Remembering the importance of literacy

Carlisle Sentinel

Romans (Georgia) celebrate English Language Learners:

The Language of Learning

Northwest Georgia News

Georgia station promotes International Literacy Day:

Literacy Day is Today

AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio

Georgia celebrates literacy week beginning September 8:

Moultrie Tech to celebrate Literacy Week next week

Moultrie Observer

Technical college sponsors essay-writing contest:

Moultrie Tech to Recognize State and International Literacy Emphasis Beginning September 8


Local literacy program hosts membership celebration:

Temple Literacy Council to hold membership celebration

Temple Daily Telegram

NCL advocacy and AEFL week post:

Solutions for Families Struggling With Literacy: The National Coalition for Literacy and National 

Concordia University Nebraska Online

News from California:

“Word in the Margins” Video of a determined California student

California history of adult education posted

Student goes to state capitol to share the story

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Legislative Action Alert: Adult Education and Family Literacy Week Proclamation

LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT: Ask Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor a Resolution Dedicating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

ACT BY: Monday, Sep 15 (House); Tuesday, Sep 16 (Senate)

The National Coalition for Literacy has some terrific news! This month, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) will introduce, for the sixth year in a row, a House resolution designating the week of September 22-28, 2014 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week!

In addition, for the fourth year in a row, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will introduce a Senate resolution that also recognizes this important honorary week.

Coming on the heels of the near-unanimous passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), this year’s AEFL week will not only celebrate the critical role that adult education, English language services, and family literacy plays in our country, but the opportunities that lie ahead in the implementation of WIOA. WIOA calls for a strengthening of our adult education programs so that learners can both improve their literacy and prepare for postsecondary education and employment.

In previous years, states and communities have followed this national leadership, establishing state and local resolutions to honor the importance and impact of adult education. It ultimately serves to leverage local partnerships, resources, and funding for adult education and family literacy nationwide.

How You Can Help

The good news is that we will not need a minimum number of co-sponsors to move either piece of legislation forward. However, it will be important to show strong, bipartisan support for our issue by having Representatives and Senators stand behind the commemoration of this week.

Action: Call or email your Members of Congress (both your Representative AND Senators). Click here to enter your zip code and find contact information for your Members.

Message: Please sponsor the resolution for National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week 2014! (To support this resolution, interested Members of Congress should contact the Congressional staffers listed below.)

· House offices should contact Allie Kimmel with Representative Polis’ office to sign on in support by September 15.

· Senate offices should contact Ariel Evans with Senator Murray’s office by September 16.

At a time when education is facing significant budgetary challenges, it’s critical we lift every voice for adult education and family literacy. Our nation’s economy and well-being depend on it.

If you have questions, please contact Marcie Foster mwmfoster@clasp.org.

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AEFL Week Is Approaching Fast… Share Your Ideas!

National Adult Education and Family Literacy week will be September 22-28, 2014. To kick off this gala week, the National Coalition for Literacy is celebrating the many ways in which adults and their families learn. We’d love to hear how you and your adult learners are getting involved.

Please send your AEFL week ideas to: ncl@ncladvocacy.org. We will post them on our NCL blog between now and the end of September. It’s a tremendous way to celebrate the week and spotlight what your organization is doing to advocate for adult education.  You can also visit and post ideas and photos on our Facebook page.

Not sure yet what to do? One opportunity is writing a note of thanks to your state’s U.S. Senator or Congressional Representative to thank them for their support of the newly authorized Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). You can find tips on writing to them on our website at contacting Congress.

Another opportunity is having your governor proclaim AEFL week (or month) in your state. For example, in 2012 and 2013 Florida’s governor declared the month of September as Adult Education and Family Literacy month. The state’s literacy coalition has identified numerous ways to promote literacy, such as essay contests, inviting officials to class, book collection drives, and field trips.

A few ways our member organizations are celebrating include:

American Library Association is sponsoring the month of September as Library Card Sign-up Month and urges parents to get to their local public library to sign up. Overlapping with AEFL week they are also promoting Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read.

In its August 2014 member update, COABE writes:

“Don’t forget that National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is coming up–September 22nd – 27th, 2014. NAEFL Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about adult education.  Take advantage of the new WIOA legislation to educate your policymakers at the local, state, and national level.”

International Reading Association writes…

“Our mission begins September 8, 2014, the day the world celebrates International Literacy Day and the transformative power of literacy. How can you participate? Pledge to add an extra 60 seconds of literacy activities in your classroom for 60 days. It’s that simple!” They have established an ILD 2014 Pinterest board for photos, videos, and stories.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Mark your calendars for Adult Education & Family Literacy Week September 22-28, 2014!

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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