Research and Policy: A Three-Way Intersection 
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on June 29, 2022 in categoryFacts & Research

In the current issue of Adult Literacy Education: The International Journal of Literacy, Language, and Numeracy, the co-editors recognize that the relationship between educational research and practice is muddy. 

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Gemma Opens Up the World to Low-Level Adults through Literature
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on June 27, 2022 in categoryNew Readers Press

Trish O’Hare can remember sitting in her yellow bedroom as a young girl, ignoring her mother's calls to get ready for church and soaking in the last pages of Charlotte’s Web. She got to the end and realized she was crying. 

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Declining Enrollment in Federally Funded Adult Education: Critical Questions for the Field
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on June 22, 2022 in categoryFacts & Research

Since the mid-1990s, enrollment in federally funded adult education programs has consistently declined. While people might feel compelled to single out specific reasons for the decline—the rise of the gig economy, which does not require a high school diploma, or the pandemic—it’s important to note that those are just little pieces of a long-term downward trend. 

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It Started with One City, Now There’s 10: The Race for Literacy Awareness
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on June 17, 2022 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy

Five years ago, Eric Brown read an article about a young man in the 12th grade who read at a second-grade level. Then, three months later, he read another report stating that 75 percent of young Black boys in the state of California could not read at grade level. “I found it to be so sad,” he said. “So, I asked myself, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’” 


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Basic Correctional Education and Recidivism: Findings from PIAAC and NRS
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on June 15, 2022 in categoryFacts & Research

There’s limited research on incarcerated adults participating in correctional education programs. The research that does exist supports the notion that participation in basic education programs while in prison can reduce the rate of recidivism and increase employment rates upon re-entry. 

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