Adult Education and Family Literacy Week: Care to Join Us?

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week: Care to Join Us?

Jennifer Leach, Assistant Director at the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education, which received a 2016 Literacy Leadership Award from the National Coalition for Literacy last night, published this blog post on the FTC’s site on Monday:

The FTC has a consumer protection website with plain and simple advice on dealing with everything from making a budget to rebuilding your credit to avoiding job scams. and were designed for anyone who’s short on time and needs just the facts; people with limited reading ability; and educators who want their students to have financial literacy and life skills, like how to buy a used car. There are many ways in which you can become financially literate. If you are unaware of how you can obtain credit cards without ssn, there’s a good chance that you are not as financially literate as you should be. Learning these crucial skills are hugely important to help you succeed when it comes to your finances.

Educators tell us their students need these skills – but the teachers could use more help getting the information across. So we created a series of lesson plans to help adult education and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers use’s resources in the classroom.

Every day, we work to make sure the site is useful to anyone who uses it. There are videos, an audio read-along of all the text on the site, worksheets and presentations, and everything is available toorder – free – in print.

This year, the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) has given the FTC one of its 2016 Literacy Leadership Awards 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. It’s an exciting honor, and one we’ll celebrate by doubling down on our efforts to tell people about fraud, and how to report it. Care to join us?

Congratulations to Jennifer and her colleagues and all her fellow honorees. And thank you, Jennifer, for this call to action.

One thought on “Adult Education and Family Literacy Week: Care to Join Us?

  1. Literacy has been a social justice issue for me as an Instructor of GED/ABE from the beginning of my career as a teacher. That is why, when the Pearson GED came out and I saw it for the first time, I could not believe my eyes!!!!! The pedagogy was terrible and the confusion was built in as if on purpose. Thus began my intrepid research on the topic of privatization in ABE/GED/ESL—-and in LITERACY in general!! This issue needs to be explored by educators everywhere who believe in a strong system of public education.

    I wish I would see ProLiteracy take on this topic and indeed, I wonder why this has not occurred. I have written to ProLiteracy a few times on this issue. I wish someone would respond to my concerns.

    The predatory Pearson is taking over education world wide. One insidious comment I heard recently was: Pearson is to education as Monsanto is to food production.

    Is ProLiteracy a part of the problem or a part of the solution?

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