2016 Literacy Leadership Award Winners

2016 Literacy Leadership Awards

Today, on the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day, the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Literacy Leadership Awards. Our 2016 Literacy Leadership Awards Event will be held during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, on Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., here in Washington, DC in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-369.

The NCL Literacy Leadership Awards recognize individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary national contributions to improving adult literacy and English language learning in the United States. This year, the NCL will recognize the following outstanding individuals and organizations:

  • Johan Uvin, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, for his long-standing commitment to advancing adult education at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Senator Jack Reed, who has been a champion for Adult Education funding in the U.S. Senate, and at the forefront of legislative efforts to strengthen Adult Education research and Adult Education’s role in the workforce system and Career and Technical Education.
  • The Division of Consumer & Business Education at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, for its commitment to serving and guiding adults with limited reading ability, and for its outreach to those working with them, particularly teachers in adult basic education and ESL programs.
  • Margaret Becker Patterson, of Research Allies for Lifelong Learning, and Marty Finsterbusch, of VALUE USA, for ALLIES, a groundbreaking research study on adult learner leadership.
  • John Y. Cole, Library of Congress Historian and founding Director of the Center for the Book, who has been instrumental in shaping numerous literacy and reading-promotion programs during his 50-year tenure at the Library, including the Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

In addition, retiring Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX), the Co-chair of the House Adult Literacy Caucus, will receive special recognition for his life-long commitment in support of adult education, and for outstanding leadership in advocating education as a congressional and national priority. Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN), Co-Chair of the House Adult Literacy Caucus, has also been invited.

Registration for the event is now open: http://literacyleadership2016.eventbrite.com

The NCL Literacy Leadership Awards are made possible through the generous support of NCL members, with additional support from ETS HiSET and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Find out more about becoming a sponsor.

Senators Call for Commitment to Funding Adult Education in FY 2017

NCSDAE recently worked with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) on a sign-on letter, now being circulated by Senator Reed and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) requesting increased funding for the Adult Education State Grant Program in FY 2017.

We invite you to contact your Senators and ask them to sign on to the Reed/Blumenthal letter requesting funds for Fiscal Year 2017 for the Adult Education State Grant Program. A copy of the letter is posted here.  (A version on letterhead will be produced once they have obtained signatures.) Deadline is March 15th.

National Coalition for Literacy Announces Presidential Candidate Survey

The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), partnering with NCL member ProLiteracy, recently sent a survey on adult education issues to the 2016 Presidential candidates, highlighting the critical relationship between adult education issues and our nation’s economic and social well-being. As we noted in our letter to the candidates, improving America’s economic competitiveness will remain a daunting challenge for the next President as long as there continues to be 36 million American adults with low basic reading, writing, and math skills. This literacy skills gap costs our nation billions of dollars annually in lost revenue and in increased costs for health care, corrections, welfare, and unemployment.

We plan to publish the responses we receive here on the NCL Web site. In addition, we are making the materials developed for this initiative freely available for use/adaptation by state and local advocates. These materials include a fact sheet, a copy of the survey, and a copy of the letter we sent the candidates. Feel free to modify our questionnaire for other races—and let us know if you receive any responses.

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Candidate Survey

Fact Sheet

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Letter to Candidates

House and Senate Introduce Resolutions Recognizing AEFL Week

For the seventh consecutive year, the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) has asked Members of Congress to declare this week National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Resolutions were introduced by Senator Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in the Senate on September 17th, and by Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) in the House of Representatives on September 22nd.

The Senate resolution was cosponsored by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Gary Peters (D-MI).

The House resolution was cosponsored by Susan Davis (D-CA), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rep. John Yarmuth (D- KY), and Rep. Raúl Grijalva, (D-AZ).