ProLiteracy Partners with 22 Organizations for USCAL National Conference
Regional and national organizations representing businesses, safety, volunteers, and workforce development are partnering to host a unique conference in the adult literacy field when they launch the first U.S. Conference on Adult Literacy (USCAL), Nov. 2-5, 2011 in Houston, Texas.
“For too long, the United States has been resigned to reaching only a fraction of the 30 million adults in need of basic literacy, math, and English language skills because federal and state efforts have been severely limited and drastically underfunded,” said David C. Harvey, ProLiteracy president and CEO. “USCAL will bring together a truly diverse set of national organizations to support the community-based adult literacy and basic education response to this national crisis. By working together, we can create more urgency and innovation in the field—something that is needed now more than ever in a down economy.”
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, job development, and English as a Second Language are participating to help local organizations build new collaborations among different education and social service sectors in order to meet growing demand.
Conference offerings will address a variety of issues including:
- Creating successful collaborations to expand and improve services;
- Advocating for adult literacy in communities, libraries, corrections, and workforce development programs;
- Supporting adult learners as leaders and transitioning them to the workplace and post-secondary education;
- Using technology to enhance learning and digital literacy;
- Managing literacy programs in difficult economic times;
- Recognizing literacy as a human right and the connections between literacy, social justice, and social change; and
- Examining literacy in a global context.
Conference partners anticipate attendance from all 50 states and U.S. territories as well as countries from around the world.
Check USCAL.org for frequent updates on submitting session proposals, exhibiting at the conference, and registration.
USCAL national and regional partners to date include:
American Library Association (ALA)
Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers (AALPD)
Correctional Education Association
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
Home Builders Institute (HBI)
Home Safety Council
Houston READ Commission
Jobs for the Future (JFF)
Literacy Funders Network
National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs (NAASLN)
National Coalition for Literacy (NCL)
National Forum on Information Literacy
ProLiteracy Council of State Organizations
Senior Service America
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations (COLLO)
Voice of Adult Learners United to Educate (VALUE)
Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network (WE LEARN)