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USCAL to Honor Leaders and Innovators in Adult Literacy


USCAL to Honor Leaders and Innovators in Adult Literacy

The United States Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL), a partnership of 26 national organizations, announces award winners for excellence and innovation in adult literacy and basic education. The awards will be given at the upcoming USCAL event in Houston, Texas, November 2-5.

The awards will be presented during multiple conference events, including during the student recognition luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on November 3, at which former first lady Barbara Bush will give the keynote address. Award recipients include:

  • Victor Morales from the Adult Reading Center in Pearland, Texas, who will receive the Ruth J. Colvin and Frank C. Laubach Award for Adult Learner Excellence.

  • Laura Sherwood from The College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois, will receive the Ruth J. Colvin and Frank C. Laubach Award for Excellence in Community-Based Adult Literacy.

  • The Florida Literacy Coalition—Florida Health Literacy Initiative in Orlando, Florida, will receive the USCAL Award for Program Innovation and Collaboration.

  • Dr. Tandiar Samir from Tadros El Meshreky Association for Social Services (TEM) and Al-Anba Mossaa Al-Aswad Association (ANBA) in Egypt will receive the Ann C. Michel Women in Literacy Award.

For details on all the USCAL award winners, visit the USCAL website.

“We recognize these individuals and organizations for their tireless efforts in the field of adult literacy and basic education,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “They truly are dedicated to improving the lives of the millions of adults who cannot read, write, or do math above a basic level. They are an important asset in adult literacy efforts, and we are so pleased to be able to honor them and their work at USCAL.”

In addition to hearing from prominent speakers, USCAL attendees will participate in professional development, advocacy work, and literacy training. Partners from fields such as consumer safety, workforce development, business, safety, workforce development, and English for speakers of other languages are participating to help local organizations build new collaborations among different education and social service sectors in order to meet growing demands.

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