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: firstname.lastname@example.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!