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Literacy to Leadership

Literacy to Leadership

Literacy to Leadership: Policies That Promote Adult Student Success was the focus of a Congressional briefing presented by NCL, VALUEUSA, and ProLiteracy on April 14, 2021. The briefing illustrated the power of adult education to transform lives and build the strength and resilience of communities.

The briefing opened with introductory remarks from three Congressional champions of adult education:

Briefing panelists included adults who have taken alternative education paths and are now leaders in the field, as well as practitioners with extensive knowledge of the role of policy in promoting high-quality adult education programs. 

  • Kim R. Ford, President and CEO, Martha’s Table, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
  • Rachel DeVaughan, Ph.D., Deputy Executive Director, Programs at Mississippi Community College Board
  • Carlos Vasquez, Instructor, Catholic Charities of New Mexico
  • HollyAnn Fresa-Moore, Principal, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School
  • Marty Finsterbusch, Executive Director, VALUEUSA

Recordings of the full briefing and the individual panelists’ presentations are available through the links below.

Full Briefing


Kim R. Ford


Rachel DeVaughan


Carlos Vasquez


HollyAnn Freso-Moore


Marty Finsterbusch

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The National Coalition for Literacy honors the memory and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on September 18, 2020, at her home in Washington, DC.

Growing up in a low-income working class neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, and inspired by her mother, Justice Ginsburg regarded a strong education as the foundation for independent living and full participation in civic and community life. Throughout her career she remained a fierce and outspoken advocate for equality of opportunity for all, particularly women and persons of low socioeconomic status.

When asked how she would like to be remembered, Justice Ginsburg said this:

“Someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has.” — to MSNBC in 2015.

The NCL and its members will long remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as someone who made things far more than “a little better.”

ICYMI: Virtual Forum on Adult Learners and Covid-19

ICYMI: Virtual Forum on Adult Learners and Covid-19

On June 4, National Skills Coalition, the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL), and the Coalition for Adult Basic Education (COABE) collaborated to provide a virtual forum on the challenges that the pandemic environment and related policy decisions are creating for adult learners. The forum focused on adult educators’ ideas and concerns and introduced ways they could connect with policy makers and others to advocate for their learners and their programs.

Presenters were Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Jessica Cardott, and Katie Spiker from NSC; Sharon Bonney from COABE; and Deborah Kennedy from NCL. Read a summary of the forum content on NSC’s blog, or listen to the entire forum on NSC’s Youtube channel here. The forum is part of NSC’s #SkillstoRecover series.

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