2016 NCL Literacy Leadership Awards

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The National Coalition for Literacy is seeking award nominations from members for its annual Literacy Leadership Award Celebration. The event will be held in Washington D.C. on September 28, 2016 September 27, 2016.

A nominee must have made a significant contribution to the field of adult education and literacy.

Nominations are due by August 1 to Kristin Lahurd at klahurd@ala.org. Literacy Leadership Award winners will be notified by mid-August.

For more details and a nomination form, please go to: 2016 NCL Literacy Leadership Award Nominee Form.

National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week

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National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week raises public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assists adult learners in need of literacy services, leverages local resources, and supports increased access to adult education and family literacy programs. Advocates across the country use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.

NCL Launches “Adult Education Brings the American Dream in Reach” Campaign

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If you could only read as well as a third grader, what would it be like to apply for a job?

If you couldn’t speak English, what would you say to your child’s teacher on Back-to-School Night?

If you couldn’t do basic math, what would it be like to pay your bills each month?

Making a better life for yourself and your family is the American Dream. But that dream is out of reach to millions of Americans, native and foreign-born, because they struggle to read, write, do basic math, and speak English–and we’re all paying the price. It’s a problem we can’t fix without your help.

How we help

With a challenge this big, our country can’t afford not to act. We, as members of the National Coalition for Literacy, are the boots on the ground, the teachers in the classroom, the researchers, community leaders, and the voices on Capitol Hill. Together, we work to make sure every adult has the skills they need to find and keep a job, educate their kids, and work toward their piece of the American Dream.

We know fixing the problem means tackling it from the ground up and the top down. So we’re educating policymakers about the human, social, and actual costs of low literacy. We’re raising much-needed resources to bring more programs to our communities. We’re sharing research-based practices about the unique needs of adult learners, and how we can all benefit when people have the skills to participate in the 21 century workforce. And we’re working directly with adult learners as they pursue the skills they need to boost their self-sufficiency and chance at future success.

We need you

Too many adults across our nation lack the skills they need to get and keep a job, support their families, and succeed in life.  You can be a part of the solution, and we have lots of ways—big and small—that you can help. Please consider donating $10, $25, $100, or even more to our campaign. Together, we can help put more people on the path to self-sufficiency and success.

Please join NCL in bringing the American Dream within reach through your donation. Visit our Donate page and click on the green Donate Now button.

National Coalition for Literacy Urges Congress to Fully Fund Adult Education in 2016

NCL 2016 Omnibus LetterThis week NCL sent a letter to members of Congress asking them to ensure that the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, now being negotiated following the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) earlier this month, includes support for adult education under Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at least at the FY 2016 authorized level of $622 million.

Earlier this year, under the old caps imposed by sequestration, the Senate proposed funding WIOA Title II adult education programs $35 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level, cutting Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants by $29 million, and Adult Education National Leadership Activities by $6 million. As we noted then, after the overwhelming bipartisan support for the passage of WIOA last year, it was disappointing to see adult education funded at levels below those authorized by that legislation. With the passage of the BBA, Congress now has the funds needed to fully support WIOA programs.

NCL is not alone in requesting that adult education under WIOA be fully funded:

  • In a letter sent to Congress on November 12th, the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce called on appropriators to “fund adult education and literacy programs under Title II of WIOA at least at authorized levels to ensure that the 36 million Americans with low basic skills are able to strengthen their educational levels in order to take advantage of emerging economic opportunities.”
  • The National Council of State Directors of Adult Education has also asked Congress to fully fund WIOA Tittle II at the authorized level, reminding appropriators that WIOA “established adult education as one of the four key programs in the workforce system because it recognized the crucial role adult education plays in educating our population, teaching English and civics, and preparing adults for occupational training, to enter the workforce, or improve their employment status…. That is why the $622 million authorized in WIOA in FY 2016 for Title II is so important.
  •  The American Association of Community Colleges has also urged Congress to increase funding for adult education in the bill, noting that “demand for these programs far outstrips supply, as tens of thousands of individuals remain on service waitlists. In FY 2013, funding for this program was slashed and has not substantially recovered.

NCL members have also been contacting with members of Congress over the last two weeks with a similar message. Appropriations subcommittees have been asked to complete their work on funding levels of their respective bill by Friday, November 20th. The goal is to have an omnibus bill completed and passed by December 11th.

It’s not too late to help! If your U.S. Senator or Representative is listed below, consider contacting his or her office this week. (You can find your Senator’s phone number here and your U.S. Representative’s phone number here.)

House Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee
Representative Andrew P. Harris Maryland
Representative Barbara Lee California
Representative Chaka Fattah Pennsylvania
Representative Charles W. Dent Pennsylvania
Representative Chuck Fleischmann Tennessee
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard California
Representative Martha Roby Alabama
Representative Michael K. Simpson Idaho
Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (Ranking Member) Connecticut
Representative Scott E. Rigell Virginia
Representative Steve Womack Arkansas
Representative Tom Cole (Chairman) Oklahoma
 

Senate Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee

Senator Bill Cassidy Louisiana
Senator Brian Schatz Hawaii
Senator Jack Reed Rhode Island
Senator James Lankford Oklahoma
Senator Jeanne Shaheen New Hampshire
Senator Jeffrey Merkley Oregon
Senator Jerry Moran Kansas
Senator Lamar Alexander Tennessee
Senator Lindsey O. Graham South Carolina
Senator Mark Steven Kirk Illinois
Senator Patty Murray (Ranking Member) Washington
Senator Richard C. Shelby Alabama
Senator Richard J. Durbin Illinois
Senator Roy Blunt (Chairman) Missouri
Senator Shelley Moore Capito West Virginia
Senator Tammy Baldwin Wisconsin
 

Appropriation Committee Chairs/Ranking Members

Senator Thad Cochran (Chair, Senate) Mississippi
Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (Ranking Member, Senate Maryland
Representative Harold Rogers (Chair, House) Kentucky
Representative Nita M. Lowey (Ranking Member, House) New York