Tuesday, 2 of September of 2014

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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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.


  • 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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