NCL Census Webinars

NCL Census Webinars

Census 2020 Activities for Adult Education Classrooms and Programs

January 28, 2000, 2:00 PM Eastern time

In this webinar, we’ll hear about resources and activities aimed at mobilizing adult education students and their communities to get out the census count. The teaching resources we will share address census basics (what it is, why it matters, and how to participate) as well as census issues (such as past misuse of census data and what’s different now) as they build language, literacy, and numeracy skills. We will also share examples of program-wide campaigns that energize students and give them an opportunity to practice their leadership and civic skills.


Census 2020 and Adult Education: Call to Action

December 4, 2019, 2:00 PM Eastern time

The decennial US Census data collection determines the resources and representation your community will receive for the next decade. The high-profile argument over a potential citizenship question is expected to have a chilling effect on the response rates of hard-to-count populations, which include many of the people we serve–foreign-born individuals, low-income households, people of color, rural residents and children under five. Family literacy and adult education programs and staff have important roles to play in reaching out to these hard-to-count communities and supporting community efforts to bring out the count. For this reason, the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) has taken on Census education as a priority goal for 2020. 

In this webinar, attendees will learn about Census 2020 directly from Census Bureau representatives and hear from NCL members about the unique role adult education can play in the 2020 count. This webinar will outline how and why the Census happens, how people can respond, how to mobilize your community around Census complete counts, and how to incorporate the Census into adult education programs and content. Speakers will include Michele Diecuch (ProLiteracy), Cathy Hartz (Census Bureau), and Tabitha Stickel (Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy, Penn State).


Census 2020: Preparing Your Adult Education Program, Participants, and Community – featuring California’s Adult Education Program

October 11, 2019, 2:00 PM Eastern time

Census 2020 is critical! An undercount of your community will mean a loss of resources and representation for the next decade. Adult education programs like yours can make a difference.
Partnering with World Education, we will highlight California’s campaign to prepare and connect adult education learners to Census jobs.
Neil Kelly of the California Adult Education Program office will discuss the development and outcomes of work with adult education programs and students across the state. John Werner of the Sequoia Adult Education program will share their Census Enumerator job preparation program resources.

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Preparing Adult Education Programs for the 2020 Census

June 4, 2019

NCL and the New England Literacy Resource Center at World Education conducted this overview webinar, with presenters Judy Mortrude, Deborah Kennedy, Kristin Lahurd, Heather Ritchie, and Andy Nash.