Adult Education & Family Literacy Week

September 22-28, 2019

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National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week raises public awareness about the need for and value of adult education and family literacy. Its goal is to leverage resources that support access to basic education programs for the 36 million U.S. adults with low literacy skills. Advocates across the country use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.

For 2019, National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week will be observed from September 22 to September 28. 


Adult Education Workforce Video


How to Participate

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  • Educate & Elevate Campaign Outreach Toolkit–This toolkit includes a fact sheet and legislator talking points; a campaign video; templates for media advisories and news releases; links for sending email messages to legislators; and much, much more.

  • Customize and share COABE’s AEFL Week social media messaging for direct service providers, policy makers, and donors.

  • A proclamation by the mayor, city council or school board is almost a sure thing if you ask early enough and are willing to write it.

  • Invite the following to your AEFL activities: mayor, city council, county supervisors, congressmen, state legislators, school board members, the superintendent, community advisory boards and anyone else who can help your program.

  • Invite the press to your school during AEFL. If they can’t make it, how about offering to visit them? Offer to drop by with a teacher and a student or two to talk about what’s going on at your school, and why it’s important for them to inform the community. Don’t try to tell the whole adult school story; zero in on one topic: your career-related programs, high school diploma instruction, basic reading, writing and math skills, etc. Give them the story you want told.

  • Contact press and broadcast public affairs people now to tell them what you have planned for the week. Before you call have an idea for a feature story: a student success story, an internship program, a teacher that’s making a difference. Present enough information to interest your target.

  • Send press releases — via email and regular mail — not only to the press, but to school board members, the local chamber of commerce, business & industry, and trade publications.

  • Adult Education & Family Literacy Week is an appropriate time to write a letter or email the editor of your local newspaper telling of the tuition-free (and low tuition) services your school provides the community.

  • Many radio and TV stations offer “free speech” messages. Contact the public affairs directors of local stations.