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USCAL Starts 650 Strong November 2 in Houston!


USCAL Starts 650 Strong November 2 in Houston!

More than 650 teachers, tutors, program administrators, board members, executive directors, and adult learners convene in Houston, Texas, starting today, November 2, 2011, for the first United States Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL). The conference will focus on “New Challenges, Powerful Solutions” as participants, through more than 120 workshops, take on issues related to the adult literacy crisis in the United States.

USCAL is a partnership of 26 national organizations spanning many sectors, including community colleges, public libraries, community-based organizations, and more. The conference includes keynote addresses by Betty Anne Waters, the true-life story behind the movie “Conviction” starring Hilary Swank, and Barbara Bush, former first lady of the United States and founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

“Those of us who work in the adult literacy field are tireless champions of our cause and it’s truly wonderful to gather together with such a passionate and dedicated group of individuals,” says David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “To bring 26 national organizations together demonstrates a new way of building important collaborations across many social service sectors. In the midst of extremely challenging times—when budgets are being tightened and funding is becoming scarce—these collaborations are the new model for meeting growing demands in the adult literacy and basic education field.”

For more information about USCAL, visit the USCAL website or contact the conference team at

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