Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

 

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National Adult and Family Literacy Week September 24-29, 2018

 Polly Smith (right), COABE Public Policy Chair, and Alaska Governor Walker at a local event at the Alaska Literacy Program. 

Polly Smith (right), COABE Public Policy Chair, and Alaska Governor Walker at a local event at the Alaska Literacy Program. 

The intent of a nationally recognized week of concentrated events, activities, and media is to bring recognition to the field of adult and family literacy. It is our opportunity to highlight the value of the work we do and the people we serve. It gives us a reason to showcase our programs with policy and decision makers. We get to advocate!

At the national level you can join us for COABE on Capitol Hill Day, September 27. We are encouraging teams of an adult education provider and a student to join. If you are interested, please click here.

At the state level, invite your district representatives to your program. Include those from the districts where your students live.

At the local level invite your assemblyperson, the mayor, judges, and other people with whom you and your students might interact at the policy or decision making level.  At the program level honor your students, volunteers, and staff with special recognition through an event or a thank you.

Include the media and let the invitees know you have asked the media to come.

For all levels use the Educate and Elevate contact button here to easily send your invitation and material about your program and activities to your representatives at all levels. Use the Educate and Elevate toolkit for press releases, facts, and talking points. In your invitation tell the guest what you would like them to do. It is always a good idea to give them an assignment - talk to the students about an issue, meet with the citizenship classes and practice the interview questions, read a book or story. Prepare your students for the meeting. Include who is coming, why, what will you want to tell them? Always follow up with a thank you. You can watch our short webinar on the value of local level outreach here.

COABE will be sharing tools for Adult Ed and Family Literacy Week very shortly - stay tuned!

Additionally, we have launched a new award for advocacy, aimed at recognizing advocacy at the local level. The winner will receive a $2,000 stipend plus registration paid to attend COABE 2019! More details will be shared in our September update. 

Contact advocacy@coabe.org with questions.


ADULT EDUCATION AND FAMILY LITERACY WEEK: GREAT TOOLS TO ENGAGE

As part of the Educate & Elevate Campaign, COABE and NAEPDC are proud to support the National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (AEFL Week) which is taking place September 24-29, 2018! AEFL Week is an opportunity to come together as a field to celebrate adult education and raise our visibility with legislators, funders, and the community at large. There are a number of tools from the Educate & Elevate Campaign that have been developed to assist you and your state in your outreach efforts.   

With our Educate & Elevate Toolkit you can:

  • Contact your mayor, governor, state legislator, and elected officials, all with one email through our software (HERE). This super easy to use system, supported through a partnership with Aztec Software, enables you to efficiently send a message in just 5 minutes to legislators letting them know that adult education matters.
  • Issue a proclamation in honor of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. 
  • Arrange or conduct a site visit with a legislator. Access user friendly tools to support your efforts (HERE).
  • Join the dedicated social media channels on Twitter and Facebook and campaign hashtags #educate&elevate and #AEFLWeek to support National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week in September 2018.
  • Along with the above tools, we have developed editable customized letters that you can send to your mayor (HERE) and your governor (HERE) to advocate for support of adult education.
  • Get on the COABE App, generously sponsored by Aztec Software, and share about what you are doing to promote Educate & Elevate and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. The COABE App provides an excellent opportunity to network with other advocates across the country while enabling you to following the progress of our Capitol Hill Day efforts.

This week, thanks to a generous partnership with Aztec Software, COABE will hold its fourth Capitol Hill Day which will take place during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week on September 26, 2018. State association leaders, state directors, and adult learners from nearly all fifty states will come together to meet with legislators and their staff to advocate for investing in adult education.

 Get involved! Be a part of the solution! 

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CELEBRATING #AEFLWEEK WITH A NEW FACT SHEET ON ADULT EDUCATION & MIDDLE-SKILL JOBS

Advocates around the country are marking Adult and Family Literacy Week with events and activities that celebrate the achievements of adult learners and the contributions of adult educators.

National Skills Coalition is joining in the celebration with a brand-new fact sheet highlighting the critical role of adult education in helping workers prepare for middle-skill jobs. Such jobs require more than a high school education, but not a four-year degree.

More than 24 million US workers lack key foundational skills in reading, math, or spoken English, and would benefit from adult education to help them build the skills needed to pursue occupational training and compete for these jobs. 

Adult education models such as Integrated Education and Training (IET) have a proven track record in helping adult learners acquire key skills, earn secondary and postsecondary credentials, and obtain middle-skill employment.

The fact sheet highlights four federal policies that can support the implementation of adult education program models such as IET, and provides examples of states that are capitalizing on these policies to do just that.

Among the examples highlighted is the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which provides support for low-income families, including through the provision of education and training to help adults find employment and move off of public benefits.

Advocates interested in how TANF can help support skill-building opportunities can review the nationally recognized Arkansas Career Pathways Initiative, which provides a broad range of support to assist low-income individuals in obtaining in-demand credentials and employment.

See more examples of support for adult learners’ skill-building activities in NSC’s Adult Education and Middle-Skill Jobs fact sheet.

Thank you to National Skills Coalition, our National Partner