Adult Education and Family Literacy Week has been celebrated all week long around the USA. Today NCL offers new resources on the AEFL Week Resources page as well as celebration highlights from around the country. Thanks to all for sharing ideas and resources – let’s keep celebrating!
The Second Start Adult Literacy Program at Oakland Public Library is participating in AEFL Week. Amy Sonnie, Librarian, shares, “Each day this week we are posting a new blog that shines a spotlight on literacy and highlights library programs that foster lasting change for adults, young adults and families. Check our blogs daily September 21-26: www.oaklandlibrary.org/blogs.”
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Two AEFL Week news items came in from the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education for U.S. Department of Education. The president of MAACCE wrote a guest blog for OCTAE in honor of AEFL Week. Heather Ritchie wrote, “I am a teacher. I am a trainer. I am an educator. I am an administrator. These are the words I use to describe myself when someone asks what I do for a living. Then there is ‘I am an advocate for adult education.’ This is a phrase I never used to use but find myself utilizing more often these days. It is the most powerful of the phrases and I wish all of my colleagues would add it to their titles too.”
In honor of AEFL Week, OCTAE has also launched a new online center to direct adult learners to free, high-quality resources related to education, job and life skills. The LINCS (Literacy, Information and Communication System) Learner Center complements OCTAE’s priority goal to make on-demand learning available for teachers and students.
District 214 Community Education Read to Learn program in Arlington Height is celebrating AEFL Week. According to District 214’s Diana Copaev, We have a banner that has been (and will be) circulating throughout our 12 sites this week.” She posted a picture of one of their classes with the banner.
NCL associate member Maryland Association for Adult Community and Continuing Education has instituted a “Go GREEN for literacy” campaign. Included in this campaign was distribution of 6,000 LITERACY wristbands with a postcard message across the state and an advocacy toolkit with items like letters to the editor that individuals could edit and send. MAACCE Board Members, who are leaders of the advocacy committee, visited the offices of State Representatives and Congressmen and Congresswomen. Maryland Adult Literacy Programs including Strong City Baltimore, Literacy Council of Montgomery County, Howard County Project Literacy Community College of Baltimore County, South Baltimore Learning Center, Allegany County Adult Education, and College of Southern Maryland, showed off their GO GREEN spirit by sending in their photos celebrating the go GREEN campaign. MAACCE Board members received a governor’s proclamation for the state of Maryland for adult Education and Family Literacy Week in the state of Maryland.
More than 80,000 adults in Montgomery County, Maryland, lack the English skills to be self-sufficient, according to NCL associate member Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL). MCAEL is highlighting the need for English education during AEFL Week by teaming up with two restaurants, California Tortilla and Ben & Jerry’s in Rockville, to raise funds to help adult learning programs. On Sept. 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., a percentage of each of these restaurants’ proceeds will be donated to MCAEL. “English literacy is the foundation for our community’s economic and social prosperity. Adults with greater literacy skills can earn more, better support their children’s education and participate in civic life. As a result, we all benefit from greater tax contributions, a more educated population, and a more connected community,” said Kathy Stevens, executive director of MCAEL.
ProLiteracy is launching an Adult Literacy Day of Giving on September 25 to raise awareness about adult literacy and encourage people to get involved by volunteering, supporting, and donating.
Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, says, “We are trying to raise awareness about adult literacy and encourage people to get involved by volunteering, supporting, and donating. It’s important to understand the issues and confront the facts head on. If you have a passion for helping your community, and creating a world where every adult has a right to literacy, please learn more about the Adult Literacy Day of Giving by visiting our website at www.SupportAdultLiteracy.org.”
A Greensboro non-profit organization, Reading Connections, is doing something special during Adult and Family Literacy week to help more adults learn to read. “We’re launching an Adult Literacy Day of Giving on September 25, 2015 to raise awareness about adult literacy and encourage people to get involved by volunteering, supporting and donating,” said Lydia Davis, the organization’s volunteer services coordinator. “We’re hoping to raise $25,000 with its $25 for 25 years campaign.” One of Davis’ adult learners, named Willie, spoke on a local television show. “I had problems reading. I was a slow reader and I wanted to someday be able to read to my grand-kids,” said Willie. So two year’s ago, he went to Reading Connections for help. “A friend of mine invited me to this banquet and I saw people from different countries learning to read and improving their reading skills and I said, this would be good for me.”
The Yankton Area Literacy Council is “part of a national network of organizations that work every minute of every day to end the adult literacy crisis,” writes a staffer at Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan. “About one in six adults is still not literate, and approximately 67.4 million school-aged children are not enrolled in school,” said Sheri Duke, Executive Director of Southeast Job Link and Coordinator for the Yankton Area Literacy Council. “We know literacy helps families be healthier and safer and provides people sustainable opportunities to support themselves through work, contributing ultimately to the economic growth of our region and our country.” In recognition of National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, the Yankton Area Literacy Council and Southeast Job Link welcome local residents to come visit them and encourages residents to become volunteer tutors to improve literacy for individuals of all ages.