OVAE Connection - Issue 169 - September 26, 2013

OVAE Connection

                                                              September 26, 2013 - Issue 169

Celebrating Adult Education and Family Literacy Week -- September 23–29, 2013

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is designed to increase public awareness of adult education and family literacy and call attention to the importance of adult education and family literacy nationwide. Adult education supports our nation’s priorities since individuals with more education are more likely to get and keep jobs, lift themselves out of poverty, incur lower health care costs, increase their children’s success in school, and participate more fully as engaged citizens. The reach of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is significant, drawing the attention and support of the Congress, federal agencies, state and local leaders, the media, and stakeholders across the spectrum nationwide.

For the fifth year in a row, a House resolution was introduced designating National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week; this year it is Sept. 2329. And, for the third year in a row, the Senate introduced a bipartisan resolution that also recognizes this important week. Both actions serve to raise awareness of the critical role adult education, English language services, and family literacy plays in our economy and in our nation’s well-being.

Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier opened the Sept. 23rd kick-off event—An Investment in Adult Education Is an Investment in Children’s School Success: A Celebration of the District of Columbia’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Week—which launched a weeklong schedule of activities. Dann-Messier addressed the audience, saying:  

I applaud your efforts to bring attention to this critical issue for our country, and to celebrate the powerful transformations that education can spark in adults, children, families, and communities. I know that programs around the country are using this week to celebrate their work and shine a spotlight on how important parents’ education is to the success of their children and their communities. The work has never been more important.  

Kinds of activities highlighted during National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week include the current work of OVAE’s Division of Adult Education and Literacy (DAEL) and efforts of the National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) such as:

  • The Adult Education and Immigrant Integration Project

OVAE is committed to understanding how adult education can 1) improve immigrants’ access to effective and innovative English language programs, 2) support immigrants on the path to citizenship, and 3) support immigrants’ career development through training and education for full integration as new Americans. To that end, OVAE is supporting a project through a contract with World Education, Inc. and its three partner organizations—National Partnership for New Americans, IMPRINT, and Welcoming America. Begun in March 2013, it is documenting and designing immigrant integration models that coordinate across services and service providers to promote immigrants’ linguistic, civic, and economic integration. OVAE expects that the project will also design and deliver technical assistance to help states and local communities plan and implement these models. From this work, the project will draw lessons learned and recommendations for replication of models in other adult education sites.  

  • Incredible Growth in the LINCS Community in Just One Year!

A full year has already passed since the interactive, online LINCS Community was launched. During that time, more than 7,600 adult education practitioners have subscribed to the LINCS Community. Several exciting events and new features of the LINCS Community will be announced throughout the fall. The community allows practitioners an opportunity to participate in discussions and events that advance the adult education profession and ultimately our students’ outcomes through high-quality professional development opportunities and resources.

An ongoing activity throughout National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is the series of facilitated discussions being hosted by the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS) Community around notable literacy resources from the LINCS Resource Collection. Full details concerning the resources to be discussed, and the LINCS Community groups hosting these conversations, are available via LINCS Community and Twitter and LinkedIn (LINCS_ED) during the week. If you are not already a member of the LINCS Community, we invite you to create a free account. You can find more information below about LINCS.

The LINCS Regional Professional Development Centers (RPDCs) are also poised to enter a third successful year of delivering training to teachers around the country. Last year, the RPDCs delivered over 20,000 hours of professional development.

  • New RAND Report on the Effectiveness of Correctional Education

The RAND Corporation recently released the report Evaluating the Effectiveness of Correctional Education: A Meta-Analysis of Programs That Provide Education to Incarcerated Adults, a collaborative effort of the departments of Justice and Education. According to its findings, correctional education does, in fact, perform a role in reducing recidivism. Incarcerated individuals receiving general education and vocational training are both significantly less likely to return to prison and more likely to find employment than are peers not receiving education and training opportunities.  

Providing incarcerated inmates with the knowledge, training, and skills they need to make a successful return to their communities has been a vital strategy to counter recidivism. Report findings should be of interest to federal, state and local policymakers and administrators in corrections, public safety, and education; community colleges and career technical training providers; and other adult education and training providers currently serving incarcerated or formerly incarcerated adults. Please access the full report to review the research.  

  • National Education Technology Plan for Adult Education Discussion at LINCS

The LINCS Technology and Learning Group discussed Connected Teaching and Personalized Learning: Implications of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) for Adult Education report live the week of the Aug. 13-19, 2013. Adult education and technology experts Art Graesser and David Rosen shared their reflections on the newly released draft report and facilitated a discussion focused on the key sections of learning, assessment, teaching, productivity and infrastructure. For more information about the discussion, please access the event transcript page.

In celebration of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, we encourage interested parties to visit the NCL website for more information on the coalition’s work and the week’s activities. Please also continue to visit OVAE’s website for ongoing news and activities.

Announcing Building Strategic Partnerships Webinar

Debra Mills, director of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN), will lead a Building Strategic Partnerships webinar, on Monday, Oct. 14, at the NCPN Conference in San Antonio. This will be the first in the Youth and Adult Pathways (YAP) series. The webinar and all materials will be available at: https://community.lincs.ed.gov/group/career-pathways. For more information, sign up at http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/d.jsp?llr=5kvuy5nab&p=oi&m=1114502747486&sit=c7r9b4bib. Look to next week’s OVAE Connection for more details.