As we near the last days of summer, I’d like to update you on current and upcoming work at ProLiteracy:
ProLiteracy Conference on Adult Literacy – We have over 100 diverse, quality sessions planned for our national conference on September 27-30 in Minneapolis. Check out the agenda and register online for the opportunity to discover new tools and strategies, learn more about education technology, catch up on the latest advocacy efforts, develop your leadership skills, and engage with a diverse group of peers from around the country.
ProLiteracy Education Network – Are you utilizing the new ProLiteracy Education Network? It’s a free, comprehensive collection of online courses and resources for adult literacy and ESOL instructors, program staff, trainers, and adult learners. New courses are being added every week. The latest addition is A Way With Words: Strategies for Strengthening Adult Learners’ Vocabularies. This course is the perfect tool for adult literacy and English language instructors who want to refine their method of vocabulary instruction.
Letters for Literacy –ProLiteracy members and supporters joined us in our latest advocacy effort, writing thousands of letters urging elective leaders to say NO to budget cuts for adult education. I’m happy to report that because of your efforts, the proposed budget cuts are off the table for now! If you have not yet had a chance to participate, you can still write to your elected officials about the positive impact of adult education programs. Click here to start.
Funding for Literacy Programs – For all nonprofit organizations, including adult literacy programs, the lack of available funding remains the number one issue. With that in mind, it’s more important than ever that we share the limited research that is available to demonstrate the positive impact that adult literacy education has on critical social issues. The ProLiteracy white paper, The Case for Investment in Adult Basic Education, examines the correlation between participation in adult basic skills programs and higher literacy levels, high school equivalency attainment, postsecondary engagement, and—most importantly—future increases in income. Download this white paper and the companion piece “How to Use This White Paper” to showcase your organization’s vital work and to help your supporters and elected officials make wise decisions about funding priorities.