SLIDESHOW: Save Adult Ed Campaign receives National Award in DC

On September 12, 2012 the Save Adult Ed Campaign received the 2012 Literacy Leadership Award “In Recognition of Extraordinary Contributions to improving Adult Education & Literacy in the United States”.

The award was presented in the Dirksen US Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  In attendance were many distinguished guests, including Senator Jim Webb.  Many thanks to the National Coalition for Literacy for this honor and bringing national attention to our cause!

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Adult Education & Family Literacy Week: Help Tweet the facts!

info below via National Coalition for Literacy:


Tweet facts about adult education and family literacy. Raise awareness of adult education and family literacy among your followers (and among their followers if they retweet the facts!). See below for a selection of facts to tweet. Share what you are doing to raise awareness.

Follow @NCLAdvocacy and #AEFLWeek for the
National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week backchannels.

Adult Education, Jobs and the Economy
Workers w/o a HS diploma are nearly 2x’s as likely to be unemployed than those w/at least some college & have much lower wages. #AEFLWeek

Workers w/ a HS diploma and above are less likely to be on gov’t support, saving states & federal gov’t money. #AEFLWeek #adulted

Helping undereducated adults get a #GED or equivalent can raise over $8,865/yr in fed, state, and local taxes per student. #AdultEd #AEFLWeek

Economists predict that by 2018 63% of jobs will require a postsecondary education. #Adulted & #literacy is key to success. #AEFLWeek

Adults in #Adulted career pathways bridge programs are 56% more likely to earn college credit; 26% more likely to earn cert/degree #AEFLWeek

To stay on track with other OECD countries, the U.S. will have to produce an additional 24 million credentials by 2025. #AEFLWeek #adulted

College degree gap needs to be filled by adults currently in workforce. Not enough HS grads to meet demand. #AEFLWeek #adulted

Researchers estimate that a HS diploma’s contribution to the economy could amount to more than $250,000/graduate over a lifetime. #AEFLWeek

Adult Education Supports Jobs & the Economy. Learn more & see how you can take action for #adulted: #AEFLWeek

Adult Literacy
93M adults in need of raising basic reading & math skills. Get the facts about #adulted: #AEFLWeek

More than 35.7 million adults ages 18-64 do not have a high school diploma. C more facts: #AEFLWeek

1 in 7 adults can’t read job apps, bedtime stories, prescrip labels, or ballots. What will you do to help? #AEFLWeek

50–80% of adults in #adulted may have a learning disability, explaining in part why they were not successful in public schools #AEFLWeek

~ 85% of all individuals w/learning disabilities have difficulty reading (Natn’l Institute of Child Health & Human Development) #AEFLWeek

Family Literacy
A mother’s reading skill is the greatest determinant of her children’s future academic success, outweighing all else #AEFLWeek #famlit

Children whose parents are involved with them in #family #literacy activities score 10 points higher on standardized reading tests #AEFLWeek

One year of parent education has a greater + impact on the chance of a child attending college than does an extra $50,000 in income #AEFLWeek

Kids spend five x’s as much time outside the classroom as they do in school. Caregivers must be equipped to support their learning #AEFLWeek

There is no substitute for the parent’s / primary caregiver’s role as a child’s 1st teacher, best coach, & most concerned advocate #AEFLWeek

Teach the parent; reach the child. Support family literacy programs. #AEFLWeek

Of the 93M adults in the U.S. w/basic or below basic #literacy levels, 30M are parents or primary caregivers of children ages 0-8 #AEFLWeek

Teaching parents reading strategies increases child’s language and literacy outcomes. Support family literacy programs #AEFLWeek

Preserve and invest in adult education. #AdultEd drives economic mobility for adults & families and economic recovery for America.

Health and Health Literacy
Health literacy programs raise adults’ understanding of medical problems b4 they become critical = medical cost-savings #AEFLWeek

Nearly half of American adults–90 million–have difficulty understanding & using health info. C related facts: #AEFLWeek

High School Dropouts
Each HS dropout costs the US economy ~ $260,000 in lost earnings, taxes, & productivity over lifetime (Amos, 2008). #AEFLWeek

Approx 1M youth drop out of HS. #Adulted is the key to recovering revenue losses and realizing economic potential of HS dropouts. #AEFLWeek

Students who drop out tend to earn less, perform less well in society, & have a lower quality of life. C more facts:

Many HS drop outs must work multiple jobs just to support their family. C more adult literacy facts: #AEFLWeek

Immigration and Integration
Adult Ed helps immigrants integrate into the U.S. See more about #adulted’s role & how you can help:

Limited English language proficiency is a barrier for immigrants to meaningful employment in the U.S. #AEFLWeek

English language proficiency is critical to obtaining jobs commensurate with immigrants’ competencies. #AEFLWeek

60% of legal immigrants who are eligible for citizenship had limited-English proficiency #AEFLWeek

Reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act. See articles on NCL’s WIA Reauthorization Priorities: #AEFLWeek #adulted

In 2005 21% of families with no HS diploma were living below poverty, compared to 7.1% of those w HS diplomas.

#AdultEd lifts people out of poverty: Higher salaries, good job opportunities, higher savings, better working conditions. #AEFLWeek #poverty

Return on Investment of Adult Education
#AdultEd benefits the economy: Increased tax revenues, business productivity, consumption, & WF flexibility; decreased public assistance.

#AdultEd benefits people: Higher salaries, better job opportunities, higher savings, improved working conditions, prof. mobility. #AEFLWeek

Find quick facts on the return on investment of #AdultEd via @NCLAdvocacy: #AEFLWeek

Workplace Literacy
Adult workplace literacy programs help workers gain new levels of skills as new demands arise. #AEFLWeek


YES on PROPOSITION 30! Here’s how to: get informed & get involved!

YES on PROP 30!  If Proposition 30 doesn’t pass, we will face even more threats to take funds from Adult Education.  Get informed, and reach out to your colleagues, family & friends!  Here’s the Yes on Proposition 30 website. Click here or on the image below for the fact sheet:

CTA has put together a powerful campaign.  Check out their website for specific actions you can take: Get informed & get involved! Click here or on the image below:

“630 non-rehired adult ed teachers will be invited down to process as subs.”

The following is being reported by the Adult Ed Committee (UTLA):
“All 630 non-rehired adult ed teachers will be invited down to process as subs. They started today [Aug. 20] and are doing it in batches of 50. All 160 non-rehired CTE teachers have already been invited to process and approx.120 have responded.
The sub list will list all the non-rehired teachers and will be sent to all schools. We’ve been reminding you that everyone has been processed as a sub through Aug. 31 (refer to June 22 RIF letter) and should be able to sub through August 31 already; however, be aware that if not formally processed, you might encounter difficulties if someone requests you.
The schools will be notified on Wednesday of this development.”

Active Older Adult Educator wins “Pioneer Woman of the Year”

Today in L.A. City Council Chambers, Active Older Adult Educator Irma Beserra Núñez is being honored at the Commission on the Status of Women Award Ceremony.  Councilmember Eric Garcetti will be presenting her with the award for her work in fighting to Save Adult Education and the Program for Older Adults.

You may remember her passionate speech to the LAUSD School Board which we posted on June 1st (click here). You can check out the video directly by click here.  Congratulations Irma!