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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…

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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…

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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…

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Win two tickets to anywhere Southwest flies!

National Coalition for Literacy’s Get Creative With PIAAC and Southwest! Contest

The National Coalition for Literacy, in partnership with Southwest Airlines, is looking for your creative ideas about how you will use the PIAAC findings to promote your program! (What is PIAAC?)

Between October 8, 2013 and October 31, 2013 submit your idea about how you plan to use the PIAAC report findings to promote your adult education or family literacy program. 

Submit your entry here.

Two winners will be selected to win two tickets each to anywhere Southwest flies.  Winning…

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Save the Date! “First PIAAC, Then What?” Live Webcast

First PIAAC, Then What? Live Webcast

September 23, 2013

1:00-3:00 pm EDST

In-person at the Hall of the States

Washington, D.C.

Live-online URL TBA

On October 8, 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will release the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Report. The report will have significant implications for organizations serving adults in the U.S.  Are you prepared to answer questions from local media outlets about PIAAC and what

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Investing In Adult Education PAYS! Advocacy Campaign for Adult Literacy

The National Coalition for Literacy, its member organizations and non-profits within and outside of adult education are ramping up to raise awareness of adult literacy this fall.

Updates:

  • PIAAC Webinar Archives Now Online!
  • Give Feedback on Draft Messaging, Deadline 9/6
  • Call for Adult Learner Success Stories
  • Timeline
  • Next Steps

PIAAC Webinar Archives Now Online!

The video archive, PPT and handouts from Wednesday’s webinar, What Is PIAAC and Why Does It Matter to You? are now up on NCL’s PIAAC campaign page.  Thank you to all who joined us, this was our second offering…

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Register Now! Webinar: What Is PIAAC and Why Does It Matter To You?

What is PIAAC and Why Does It Matter To You?

Click Here to Register Today!

When: Wednesday July 31, 2013

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM EDST

Who Is It For: National Non-Profits and advocacy organizations within and outside of adult education **

On October 8, 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will release the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Report. The report will have significant implications for organizations serving adults in the U.S.  It’s up to us—non-profits and advocates…

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New Facts Coming Soon: The PIAAC Report & Adult Literacy

By Marty Finsterbusch, NCL President

Dear Adult and Family Literacy Advocates,

The National Coalition for Literacy has some exciting news for you!  As you may already have heard, NCL received a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in May.  The purpose of the grant is for NCL to organize and disseminate a coordinated response to the findings of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) Report that will be issued by OECD in October 2013.  PIAAC will use results from…

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The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC): An Assessment of Literacy in the Information Age

By Jaleh Soroui, Project Director for Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) project, at the American Institutes for Research (AIR)

On October 8th of this year, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will release the first sets of results of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). PIAAC is coordinated internationally by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The results of PIAAC, can have great impact on the US adult basic education and adult literacy community…

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Immigration Reform Update, An Adult & Family Literacy Perspective

By Jeff Carter, Guest Blogger and NCL Board Member, with Ellen Fern, Washington Partners LLC

After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators known as the “Gang of Eight” released a comprehensive immigration reform bill on April 16th. The bill would allow the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship while providing for additional security along the nation’s southern border.

If enacted, the ”Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S.744) would be the first major overhaul to the nation’s immigration laws since 1986. It would create a 13-year…

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Speak Out on Immigration Reform!

By Jackie Taylor and Marcie Foster, NCL Advocacy Co-Chairs

Photo Courtesy of the International Learning Center, Milwaukee, WI

The National Coalition for Literacy is working on developing proposals that would support immigrant integration as an important component of immigration reform. We’re tackling questions such as–

Should previously undocumented immigrants need to become proficient in English in order to get on a path to citizenship?

How can the existing adult education system be a

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Adult Education: A Wise Investment

—A Guest Blog Article in the Discussion Series on Social Innovations in Adult Education

Article by Debra Jones

Adult education and career training programs play a vital role in America’s economic recovery. Investments in these programs are among the most cost-effective ways to improve economic conditions across the United States. Billions of dollars can be saved, earned, and pumped back into the struggling economy as a result of investments in effective and efficient workforce development programs. A preemptive focus on adult education actually saves governments money by reducing societal healthcare, public assistance,…

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Blending Social and Technology Support for Digital Literacy

—A Guest Blog Article in the Discussion Series on Social Innovations in Adult Education

Article by Stephen Reder

When we talk about digital literacy, we’re often referring to a range of capabilities ranging from use of cutting-edge technologies at one end of a continuum to basic digital access and inclusion at the other end. As adult educators, we want to support our students’ movement along this continuum. There is good reason for us to be concerned. A recent survey by the U.S. Census found, for example, that although 65% of Americans…

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Technology Innovations for Learning, Part II

—A Guest Blog Article in the Discussion Series on Social Innovations in Adult Education

Article by Anne Murr

“If I were in a wheelchair, you would do everything you could to help me.  But I can’t read.  For me, where’s the ramp?”  Norma has found her digital ramp:  Mac laptop with screen-reader built-in to the Mac operating system and with MacSpeech (Mac-compatible Dragon Naturally Speaking).

With these innovative technology tools, Norma now has much easier access to the written word.  She uses technology to read and communicate.  She has also achieved a…

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Technology Innovations for Learning, Part I

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—A Guest Blog Article in the Discussion Series on Social Innovations in Adult Education

Article by Anne Murr

For the 43% of Americans who lack functional literacy, inability to read is a significant barrier to digital literacy.  While lack of access to or unfamiliarity with computers are also barriers, computer and digital device use can be difficult if you can’t read the print on the screen.  Functional literacy, then, is an essential component of digital literacy.

Before we discuss specific technology innovations for learning, let’s investigate data that supports…

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Adult Learners, Libraries, and Digital Literacy

—A Guest Blog Article in the Discussion Series on Social Innovations in Adult Education

Article by Elizabeth Friese

“I never thought I would say this, but I think I want one of those electronic readers.”

My father-in-law is a skilled and avid reader. However, over the past several years, his vision has changed. The primary reason my father-in-law asked for an e-reader was to take advantage of the ability to change the text size of whatever he chose to read.

My father-in-law’s experiences reminded me that each person’s literacy is…

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Beyond Foundational Literacy and Digital Literacy

—A Guest Blog Article in the Discussion Series on Social Innovations in Adult Education

Article by Bobbi Newman

Almost two years ago I came across the term transliteracy for the first time. I discovered it while reading up on the various names and formats of new and emerging 21st century literacies.  What is transliteracy? The working definition from Transliteracy Research Group:

Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through

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Libraries Embrace Digital Literacy Role

—A Guest Blog Article in the Discussion Series on Social Innovations in Adult Education

Article by Larra Clark and Marijke Visser

What does it mean to be literate in the digital age?  How is the preponderance of online-only resources affecting how people find and use information?  What do libraries think about all this?

These are the kinds of questions the American Library Association’s (ALA) newly formed Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Digital Literacy Task Force is asking as it works to identify the role…

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Digital Literacy: an opportunity for inclusion or a barrier to access?

—A Guest Blog Article in the Discussion Series on Social Innovations in Adult Education

Article by Dale Lipschultz

Last summer I acquired an e-reader for purely practical reasons. I could no longer carry a 600 page book in my briefcase―any more than could I leave it home. For me, the switch was neither problematic nor traumatic. A book is a book. How print is displayed is not an issue for me. It’s the reading that’s important.

My personal and pragmatic decision to go digital was greeted with alarm by friends and family members.…

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Guest Blog Discussion Schedule—Social Innovations in Adult Education

Social Innovations in Adult Education

—A Guest Blog Discussion Series on the Importance of Social Innovation for Adult Literacy

Technology innovations are changing our relationship with education and knowledge. These innovations (“social innovations”) can be used to advance social causes such as adult education and literacy by connecting users to technology tools for learning, building networks, and bridging the digital divide. How are weand how can weharness innovation to improve adult literacy in the United States? Join the National Coalition for Literacy for a guest blog discussion series that explores…

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Social Innovations in Adult Education

—A Guest Blog Discussion Series on the Importance of Social Innovation

for Adult Literacy

August 1 – September 16, 2011

Introduction by Heidi Silver-Pacuilla

Technology and social innovations are changing our relationship with education and knowledge. Schools and instructors are no longer the font of knowledge. Individuals can now ACCESS an ocean of educative experiences, CREATE them, and SHARE them with known and unknown colleagues. If you’ve ever contributed to Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, or the NCL blog, you’ve created new knowledge for the rest of us to…

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Adult Literacy Caucus and NCL Co-Host 1st Congressional Briefing on Adult Literacy

By Washington Partners and Jackie Taylor

The House Adult Literacy Caucus and the National Coalition for Literacy held a Congressional briefing May 12, 2011, highlighting 21st Century Approaches to Adult Literacy. Approximately 40 were in attendance, including adult education leaders, advocates, and legislative staffs.

The briefing followed the NCL Quarterly Meeting, where Congressman Bill Goodling made a surprise visit after recovering from a serious medical condition.

Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, President of the National Coalition for Literacy, opened the

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Women Immigrants: Fear, Education, and Economics

Women make up more than 50% of the adult ed population; in ESL classes, they are more than 60%. Consider how to take the unique concerns of women learners into account in adult ed programming and teaching.

by Heidi Silver-Pacuilla, 2010-2011 President of NCL

This blog post is cross-posted on Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s FemChat blog. See more women’s news there.

Women make up more than 50% of the adult ed population; in ESL classes, they are more than 60% (NRS tables, 2008-2009). How much are we taking the unique concerns of women learners into account in our programming and teaching? In March, Women’s History Month, I was able to attend several events focused on women immigrants and the role and challenges…

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Where Is the Digital Divide Today?

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The new digital divide is about speed and affordabilitymaking clear connections to low income families and programs that serve them.

New analysis by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (see report) underscores what the difference high-speed service can mean for communities, businesses, and individuals. Here is an excerpt:

The nationwide trend toward widespread adoption of broadband Internet connections has occurred among virtually all demographic groups, with nearly universal year-over-year growth. Adoption and growth rates, however, are uneven among various demographic groups. Over the past year, gaps decreased

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Even Start Family Literacy, Van Horn Urges Congress and Administration to Get Facts Straight

Even Start’s funding was eliminated as part of the CR that ended last Friday, March 18, 2011. Even Start has often been widely misunderstood and inaccurately reported as ineffective. Below is a letter from Barbara Van Horn, Reading Co-Director of the  Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy and Board Member with the National Coalition for Literacy, who sets the facts straight about Even Start Family Literacy.

Action Request: To add Even Start back to the full year FY2011 Continuing Resolution, a congressional champion must advocate and negotiate for it as part of the FY2011 long-term CR negotiations. [ Read More → ]


NCL Launches Social Media Campaign, Grows Grassroots Advocacy for Adult Education & Family Literacy

By Jackie Taylor

The National Coalition for Literacy recently launched a social media campaign to grow the grassroots advocacy base for adult education and family literacy. On February 14, the Coalition began by launching a redesign of its main website, folding the Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit and its blog under one umbrella web presence.

The website provides resources for the general public to quickly access in understanding why adult education is important and how to take action. It also provides a policy one-stop for legislative staff in locating critical public policy updates,…

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From Grassroots to Grasstops: Leveraging Social Media to Advocate for Adult Education

By Jackie Taylor

Today’s economic climate demands bold, innovative strategies to advance effective policies for adult education and literacy. Adult education advocates have historically relied on email as a mainstay communication vehicle for sending and receiving advocacy alerts and galvanizing action. However, research shows nationally that email open rates have declined 63% from 2004–2008. With the rise of social media, cell phones and Internet access, some would even argue that there is not a digital divide.

We must also look at the sheer volume of messages going in to Congress each day as a…

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Women’s Role in the Economy

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By Heidi Silver-Pacuilla with Elizabeth Lower-Basch of Center for Law and Social Policy, Kevin Miller of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Mev Miller of WE LEARN, Gloria Mwase of Jobs for the Future, Margaret Patterson of GED Testing Service, and Heide Spruck Wrigley of Literacywork, International

What is the role of literacy and education on women’s economic contribution?

December 2010 was a banner month for advocates and scholars interested in this question.

The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) and the Institute for Women’s Policy…

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Next Steps for Even Start

By Kevin Talley and Jackie Taylor

The House and Senate are finalizing a short term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through March 4, 2011. A more conservative 112th Congress will make the funding decisions to finish out the FY11 program year. Many of these Members were elected on promises of slashing spending. This leaves adult education and family literacy funding in a vulnerable and uncertain state. In particular, Even Start (ES) historically has been targeted, among other small education programs, for cuts.

You can take the following steps now to elevate the…

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What Passage of the DREAM Act Means for Adult Education

—A Public Policy Update on Adult Education and Literacy, Part III

By Jackie Taylor With Heidi Silver-Pacuilla and John Segota

The DREAM Act was passed last week in the House and the Senate is expected to vote on it, with amendments, before the 111th Congress ends. The Migration Policy Institute has just released revised total and state-level estimates of the unauthorized youth and young adults who might be eligible for conditional legal status. Grassroots groups, like the National Council of LaRaza, the [ Read More → ]