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  • Title: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
    Descriptive info: .. Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy.. 1221 Avenue of the Americas - 44th Floor.. New York, NY 10020.. Phone 212-512-2362.. Fax 212-512-2610.. About CAAL.. National Commission on.. Adult Literacy.. Get Commission Final Report.. Talks Essays.. Letters Media.. Projects.. Publications.. CAAL Blog.. Funding.. Links.. E-News Issues.. Contact Us.. Commission Advisory Panel.. Donate to CAAL.. Home.. ON THE MOVE.. The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) is a national public charity dedicated  ...   cutting-edge research, policy and issue analysis, symposia, planning, and leadership development activities.. It strives to bring about change that will inform understanding, dialogue, and action and that will help move individual Americans and the nation toward a better future.. Click here to subscribe to CAAL's e-newsletter.. Check out our Small Business Sponsors.. CAAL is a Member of CIAW.. Site hosted and maintained by.. Jane Terry: website design.. Contact the webmaster.. Copyright 2013..

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  • Title: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
    Descriptive info: ABOUT CAAL.. Founded in 2001, the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) is a national nonprofit public charity.. Its broad mission is to help advance adult education and literacy in the United States to move adult literacy out of the shadows into the mainstream of American education, as required by the nation s 21st century needs.. CAAL operates on a nonpartisan basis and free of vested interests.. More specifically, CAAL aims to promote understanding, effective policy and resource development, stronger and better funded programs, adult access to services, effective communications, and fresh thinking and analysis.. To achieve these goals, it carries out a program of carefully targeted activities: research and analyses, interview-based think pieces, symposia and strategic planning meetings, and special projects designed to further its purposes.. It operates with a small core staff of highly experienced professionals and works extensively with experts from across the country as appropriate to its current areas of interest.. CAAL strives to complement the work of other organizations and is open to collaborative opportunities.. The Council grew out of two background assessment and planning projects carried out in early 2001.. Funding for that work came from Harold W.. McGraw, Jr.. , The Ford Foundation, and The Carnegie Corporation.. One project assessed the status and lingering problems of adult literacy, following the work of the Business Council for Effective Literacy (BCEL); the other explored the feasibility of establishing a blue-ribbon commission on adult literacy.. Both projects developed lengthy research and  ...   of Labor (Carter).. Gail Mellow.. President, LaGuardia Community College.. Garrett Murphy.. National State Policy Analyst (a founding member of CAAL).. Mark Musick.. James Quillen Chair, East Tennessee State University; President Emeritus, Southern Regional Education Board (SREB); chaired Board of Nationall Assessment of Educational Progress under three presidents.. Anthony Sarmiento.. President Executive Director, Senior Service America, Inc.. Gail Spangenberg.. President Founder, Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (a founding member of CAAL).. Andrew Sum.. Professor of Labor Economics and Director of Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University.. CAAL gratefully recognizes the following individuals for their past board service and contributions:.. Bobby William Austin.. Vice President of University Relations Communications, University of District of Columbia.. Grace Hechinger.. Author, Journalist, Teacher.. Harold W.. Howe, II.. U.. Commissioner of Education under President Lyndon Johnson, and Vice President for Education, Ford Foundation (a founding board member).. Bridget Lamont.. Co-Chair, National Commission on Libraries and Information Science; Past Chair and current member, Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board; Former State Librarian, Illinois.. Byron McClenney.. former President of Brooklyn Community College and Director of the Ford Foundation Bridges grant program; chairman of the CAAL Community College Transitions Study Task Force.. Tom Sticht.. Preeminent research scholar (a founding board member).. Gary Strong.. University Librarian, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Past President, Queens Public Library; former State Librarian, California.. Tony Zeiss.. President, Central Piedmont Community College.. Arthur White.. Co-founder and Vice Chairman of Yankelovich, Inc.. ; founder (in 1983) of Jobs for the Future..

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  • Title: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
    Descriptive info: COMMISSION FINAL REPORT RELATED ITEMS.. Reach Higher, America: Overcoming Crisis in the U.. Workforce.. is the final report of the National Commission on Adult Literacy.. Click here to get the full report.. (77 pages, June 26, 2008).. Color printing is recommended.. Click here to get the standalone Executive Summary.. A back pocket on the hard copy version of.. Reach Higher, America.. contains three two-page customized pullouts for..  ...   a copy.. A hard copy version of the report, including pullouts, is available for $20 plus shipping.. Contact.. bheitner@caalusa.. org.. for instructions on ordering.. Discounts are available for orders of 10 or more.. RELATED LINKS.. The Federal Challenge.. News Release.. Quotes from the Field.. FAQs Resource.. MEDIA COVERAGE.. Press Clips 1.. DVD of Panel Presentation.. at Report Release Event, U.. Capitol, Washington, D.. C.. , June 26th, 2008..

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  • Title: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
    Descriptive info: TALKS ESSAYS.. MAKING FUNDING LAWS: A PRIMER: Authorizations Appropriations in the U.. Congress,.. March 8, 2010 a four-page document that aims to demystify the process by which laws are proposed, passed, and funded by the U.. Congress.. It is coauthored by Gene Sofer, founding partner of The Susquehanna Group in Washington, D.. , and Gail Spangenberg, president of CAAL.. This little publication intends to help provider groups, in particular, understand how the authorizations and appropriations process works.. CAAL AEEGA Talking Points.. October 17, 2009 version of CAAL's talking points for conversations with Congressional leaders and Administration officials.. The document, by Gail Spangenberg with CAAL staff, is updated periodically.. It reflects the most important revisions CAAL and the National Commission on Adult Literacy think are needed to strengthen the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act (HR 3238, S 1468).. Joint Advocacy Group Statement (October 2009).. prepared by 13 Joint Advocacy Group organizations, including CAAL, for White House Domestic Policy Council and officials in the Departments of Education and Labor.. Joint Advocacy Group Documents (January-June, 2009).. prepared by Joint Advocacy Group members on adult education and workforce skills for various federal entities.. End Big Banks' Subsidies and Bet on Community Colleges.. by Gail Mellow, CAAL Board Member, appeared in the September 25, 2009 issue of the New York Daily News.. Validity of NAAL Cut-Point RP  ...   the ALA: Recipient National Leadership Award National Coalition for Literacy.. September 6, 2006 (Gail Spangenberg).. NAAL and the Public Libraries.. ALA Annual Conference June 25, 2006 (Gail Spangenberg).. Literacy and a Prepared Workforce.. CAAL Remarks at Verizon Summit November 14, 2005 (Gail Spangenberg).. Transitioning From Adult Education Programs: A Call to Arms.. Point of View, August 29, 2005 issue of Community College Week (Forrest P.. Chisman and Gail Spangenberg).. Looking Back, Looking Forward.. Point of View, October 27, 2003 issue of Community College Week.. (Byron McClenney) Made available here with permission from CCW.. Better Links Between Community Colleges Adult Education Programs Needed.. October 14, 2003 issue of Community College Times.. (Byron McClenney).. Made available here with permission from CCT.. MAKING THE CASE.. Adult Education Literacy: Key To America's Future.. -- 34 pp.. -- A Collection of Essays by Elsa Auerbach, Robert Bickerton, Forrest Chisman, Sherrie Claiborne Gail Lawson, George Demetrion, Alice Johnson, Paul Jurmo, Catherine B.. King, Garrett Murphy, David Rosen, Mary Dunn Siedow, Robbin Sorensen, and Archie Willard -- with an introduction by Gail Spangenberg.. Published by CAAL April 30, 2002.. Adult Literacy The American Dream.. a 13-page essay by Forrest P.. Chisman, past president of the Southport Institute for Policy Analysis and author of Jump Start (the blueprint for the National Literacy Act of 1991).. Published by CAAL February 20, 2002..

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  • Title: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
    Descriptive info: LETTERS MEDIA.. Letter to Senator Johnny Isakson Urging Continued Bipartisan Approach to Advancing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in 2013, May 1, 2013.. -- by Mark Musick, Member of National Commission on Adult Literacy, President Emeritus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and former Chair of the Georgia Workforce Investment Board.. CAAL Thank You Support Letters to Representatives John Tierney, George Miller, and Ruben Hinojosa, March 27, 2012.. for crafting and introducing the Workforce Investment Act of 2012 (HR4227) regarding reform and reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.. While CAAL believes some of the bill's provisions need strengthening and clarification, we have pledged our support and that of the National Commission on Adult Literacy to be as helpful as we can when the process unfolds in the coming weeks and months to merge the House Democratic and Republican versions of WIA.. CAAL Letter to Senator Tom Harkin re Adult Education in the Rebuild America Act, February 6, 2012.. a letter on behalf of the National Commission on Adult Literacy urging that the Senator's emphasis on investing in education and job training be further strengthened by giving explicit attention to the role that Adult Education must play in preparing our 21st Century workforce.. CAAL E-Mail Comments on the Draft Strategic Plan for 2011-2014 of the U.. Department of Education, January 25, 2012.. two pages of general comments and specific suggestions to enhance adult education and workforce development in the Plan.. Letters to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees and Super Committee, October 25, 2011.. Letters from members of the National Commission on Adult Literacy to the full membership of the House and Senate Subcommittees on Labor, Health Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, and to the membership of the Super Committee, urging that funding for adult education and workforce skills programs be not only held  ...   Isakson, and Harkin is accompanied by 17 pages of invited comments and suggestions on the Senate HELP Committee's Discussion Draft for the Workforce Investment Act.. Letter to Preserve and Restore Funding of Employment and Training Programs of DOL and HHS, May 16, 2011.. to Members of House Appropriations and Authorizing Committees, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Progressive Caucus.. CAAL was one of 53 signatory organizations, including the corrdinating agency, the National Skills Coalition.. Letter on Workforce Budgets Appropriations.. (to Senate and House Appropriations and Budget Leaders, the White House, and OMB, January 31, 2011, nearly 50 signatories including CAAL, representing a wide cross-section of stakeholders, effort coordinated by Jobs for the Future).. Letter on Importance of Reforming Reauthorizing WIA.. (to Senate and House leadership of the U.. Congress, November 29, 2010, from 18 national and state organizations and members of the National Commission on Adult Literacy).. Group of Five Letter to WIA Reauthorization Team.. (May 26, 2010) prepared by the following signatory organizations: Center for Law and Social Policy, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, CAAL, Jobs for the Future, and the National Skills Coalition.. Congressional Tribute to Harold W.. (Senator Christopher Dodd, Congressional Record, February 22, 2010).. CAAL Voices for WIA Letter.. (Spangenberg, November 5, 2009).. Dollar General, CAAL Launch Independent Blue-Ribbon Adult Literacy Commission.. (October 9, 2006).. New Caal Report Urges National Opportunity System for Adults.. (February 9, 2005).. CAAL Letter regarding HR1261 to Advisory Board of National Institute for Literacy.. (May 20, 2003).. Task Force Named For Community College Project.. (February 11, 2003).. Announcing CAAL's Community College Project.. (January 6, 2003).. CAAL Letter to Congressional Leaders U.. Department of Education In Support of Adult Literacy NIFL.. (Sept.. 22, 2001).. A Message From CAAL's Founder on the Launch of CAAL.. Press Release Announcing CAAL's Formation.. (June 5, 2001)..

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  • Title: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
    Descriptive info: SPECIAL PROJECTS.. On a continuing basis, CAAL addresses issues of high importance to adult education and literacy.. Some of its projects are modest and short-term; others are major long-term initiatives designed to generate fundamentally new thinking and have lasting impact.. As an independent catalyst, CAAL frequently tackles hot button topics that others cannot easily take on.. Its work usually results in published reports, often followed by post-report discussion and other implementation activities.. Among CAAL s special projects to date:.. THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON ADULT LITERACY.. a two-year study (July 1, 2006 June 30, 2008) by a blue-ribbon panel of commissioners (.. click here for a commissioner listing and photos.. ).. Study Director: Cheryl King.. Project Manager: Gail Spangenberg.. Chairman: David Perdue, former Chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corporation.. David Beré, president of Dollar General, served briefly as interim chair : The Dollar General Corporation ($1 million), Harold W.. , the Ford Foundation, and The Joyce Foundation.. Click here for detailed information on the Commission s activities and outcomes.. The Commission contracted several research papers and policy briefs to help inform its deliberations.. Most are available from the CAAL website (.. click here for Publications page, numbered series NC.. Gail Spangenberg, David Beré, Cheryl King.. Photo by Jeffrey Neira.. Commissioners, August 20 Meeting.. ADULT ESL IN SELECTED COMMUNITY COLLEGES.. a two-and-a-half-year study (October 2004 to February 2007) of a group of community college ESL-literacy programs, chosen from a national selection process in which exemplary programs were nominated by a team of experts based on CAAL study criteria.. Study Director and Research Director: Forrest Chisman of CAAL) and JoAnn Crandall of the University of Maryland  ...   in terms of their rates of transition and other gains by Steven Spurling and Sharon Seymour of CCSF and Forrest P.. Chisman of CAAL.. This 221-page study is a seminal effort to track a cohort of more than 44,000 ESL students at CCSF who first enrolled in ESL programs there in 1998, 1999, and 2000.. Report published as: PATHWAYS OUTCOMES: Tracking ESL Student Performance.. [January 2008].. TRANSITIONS: LINKAGES BETWEEN ADULT EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES.. a two-year task force study (January 2003-February 2005) of transitions from adult education to community colleges and of the community college role in adult education.. Study Director: Forrest P.. Chisman (CAAL).. Task Force Chairman: Byron M.. McClenney (President of Borough of Manhattan Community College, Director of the Ford Foundation Bridges program).. Funding: the Ford Foundation, Verizon, Inc.. , the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Nellie-Mae Foundation, Household International, and Harold W.. In addition to Drs.. Chisman and McClenney, the Task Force was comprised of Bob Bickerton (MA State Department of Education), Hunter Boylan (National Center for Developmental Education), JoAnn Crandall (University of Maryland Baltimore County), Gerardo de los Santos (League for Innovation in Community Colleges), Sarah Hawker (Illinois Community College Board), Lennox McLendon (NAEPDC), Patricia Rickard (CASAS), Gail Spangenberg (CAAL), and Sharlene Walker (OR Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development).. Final report issued as.. TO ENSURE AMERICA S FUTURE: BUILDING A NATIONAL OPPORTUNITY SYSTEM FOR ADULTS.. [February 2005, 102 pp.. ].. THE TASK FORCE.. Task Force (left to right): Lennox McLendon, JoAnn Crandall, Sarah Hawker, Byron McClenney, Patricia Rickard, Forrest Chisman, Gail Spangenberg, Bob Bickerton, Hunter Boylan, Sharlene Walker.. Missing from photo: Gerardo de los Santos.. Photo by Steve Fenn..

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  • Title: Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy
    Descriptive info: PUBLICATIONS RESOURCES.. The following publications may be reproduced and quoted with attribution.. Most are in the form of downloadable PDF files.. Bound versions may be purchased directly from the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy ($20 plus postage, contact.. for ordering instructions.. ) Orders of 10 or more per title are eligible for a 10% discount.. Note that some of these documents are large and more easily accessible via high-speed connection.. If a document cannot be accessed due to slow connection speed, CAAL suggests ordering a bound print copy.. The DVD presentation (NC5) may also be downloaded or purchased from CAAL.. National Commission on Adult Literacy.. Transitions.. ESL.. Corporate Role.. Correctional Education.. Entry-Level Health Care.. Developmental Education.. Other CAAL Topics.. Remembering Our Roots.. Miscellany.. Commission-Related Publications by CAAL.. NC-CAAL13.. LONGITUDINAL DATA COLLECTION IN CAREER PATHWAYS PROGRAMS.. While far from a definitive statement on the subject, this four-page Policy Brief offers a brief discussion and illustrative listing of core indicators and elements of data collection in longitudinal career pathways programs.. The Brief was co-authored by CAAL's Forrest Chisman, Garrett Murphy, James Parker, and Gail Spangenberg.. [May 27, 2010].. NC-CAAL12.. LOCAL PERSPECTIVES ON WIA REAUTHORIZATION.. This 21-page Policy Brief reports on the February 18, 2010 CAAL Roundtable discussion of WIA and the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act with 19 leaders of local programs and institutions identified by their peers as providing exemplary adult education for work services within a particular community or local labor market.. The programs are located in 16 states representing all regions of the U.. This Brief contains important messages for state policymakers as well as federal.. [March 26, 2010].. NC-CAAL11.. THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY TO TRANSFORM ADULT LEARNING: Expanding Access to Adult Education and Workforce Skills Through Distance Learning.. This 65-page report is based on a 9-month project directed by Dr.. Mary L.. McCain of TechVision 21 in Washington, D.. The report fleshes out the general technology recommendations made in Reach Higher, America, the final report of the National Commission on Adult Literacy.. Federal and state government is the primary audience but CAAL also aims to inform private sector engagement and program and curriculum development activities.. The centerpiece recommendation among several given is for establishment of a national web portal for adult learners and professional use.. [October 21, 2009].. NC-CAAL10.. REBUILDING NIFL TO MEET FUTURE NEEDS: A New and Innovative Agency with a Broader Mission.. , by Forrest P.. Chisman and Gail Spangenberg.. This 28-page discussion paper proposes substantial revamping of the National Institute for Literacy into a new independent National Institute for Adult Learning, with broad responsibilities for adult education and workforce skills development, including leadership in technology, stronger governance, and more adequate funding.. [October 8, 2009].. NC-CAAL9.. EXPANDING HORIZONS: Pacesetters in Adult Education for Work.. Chisman, is a report from the Adult Readiness Roundtable Project of CAAL carried out jointly with the National Center on Education and the Economy in April 2009.. The 27-page report is designed primarily to help inform and stimulate thinking and action at the state and local levels.. [June 26, 2009].. NC-CAAL8.. 51009 SIDE-BY-SIDE OF WIA TITLES I AND II AND RELATED.. prepared by CAAL to help advance the recommendations of the National Commission on Adult Literacy, for the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act under development by Congressmen Patrick Kennedy and Reuben Hinojosa.. NC-CAAL7.. 50509 TESTIMONY.. testimony by Commissioner David Bere to the Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness on May 5, 2009.. David Bere is the President of the Dollar General Corporation (the principal funder of the work of the National Commission on Adult Literacy).. His testimony, which references the Commission's work, focuses on Dollar General's long-standing experience with adult literacy as a funder and employer.. NC-CAAL6.. 22409 SUPPLEMENTAL TESTIMONY.. written testimony submitted on February 24, 2009 to Rep.. Ruben Hinojosa and the Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness, in response to a request from Rep.. George Miller.. The question posed is: How can the Workforce Investment Act partners work with the Community Colleges near them to use the newly designated economic recovery package funding for training programs? (Also see NC-CAAL 4 and NC-CAAL 5.. ).. NC-CAAL5.. 21609 SUPPLEMENTAL TESTIMONY.. Supplemental testimony submitted by CAAL for House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness (see NC-CAAL 4) in response to issues and concerns raised by a panel of testifiers at the February 12, 2009 Hearing.. NC-CAAL4.. 21209 CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY.. Written testimony for the Hearing of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness (of the House Education and Labor Committee), February 12, 2009, chairman Congressman Ruben Hinojosa.. Commissioner Morton Bahr testified on behalf of the Commission.. NC-CAAL3.. CLMS BRIEF 3: ADJUSTING FOR INFLATION.. prepared for CAAL by Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies.. This short document calculates the effect of inflation on the $20 billion in public expenditures called for by the Commission (in 2008 dollars) by the year 2020.. [December 2008, 4 pp.. NC-CAAL2.. CLMS BRIEF 2: ESTIMATE OF SUI REVENUE, STATE BY STATE.. prepared for CAAL by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University to help develop the Commission's recommendation for a national trust fund for ABE and workforce skills development.. The paper estimates the annual amounts of unemployment insurance tax collections for individual states for financing adult basic education/job training programs for U.. workers under alternative wage base/state supplemental unemployment insurance tax rates.. [November 2008, 15 pp.. NC-CAAL1.. CLMS BRIEF 1: ESTIMATE OF REVENUES FOR ABE FROM SUI TAX SURCHARGE.. The paper estimates the annual levels of unemployment tax collections for financing adult basic education/job training programs for U.. workers under alternative wage base/supplemental unemployment insurance tax rates.. [October 2008, 6 pp.. ].. Commission Publications.. NC12.. REACH HIGHER, AMERICA: Overcoming Crisis in the U.. It was released at a public event in Washington, D.. on June 26.. The report documents the adult education and skills crisis facing American workers, proposes a fundamentally new approach to adult basic education and workforce skills preparation in America, and lays out the fiscal and social benefits that will result from substantially increased public expenditures for programs and services.. Focus is on the needs of the unemployed, low-skilled incumbent workers, immigrants with limited or no English, parents or caregivers with low basic skills, incarcerated adults, high-school dropouts, and high school graduates not adequately prepared for college.. Among other things, the Commission recommends transforming the current system, which reaches about 3 million adults annually, into an adult education and workforce skills system with the capacity to enroll 20 million adults by the year 2020 and a mission of moving adults to readiness for post secondary education and job training.. The report offers a kind of domestic Marshall plan for meeting workforce education needs including bold recommendations for state government, business and labor, philanthropy, and the general public.. A clear message of the report is that unless the nation gives much higher priority to the basic educational needs of the workforce adults 16 and older beyond the reach of the schools America s standard of living, its status as a leading world power, and its very social fabric will be severely eroded.. In addition to the final report, a standalone Executive Summary and three one-page pullouts (Business, Media, and Public Policy) are among the materials available from the Commission website.. [June 26, 2008, 77 pp.. NC11.. THE FISCAL CONSEQUENCES OF ADULT EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT.. prepared for the Commission by a team of researchers from the Center for Labor Market Studies of Northeastern University, under the leadership of Commissioner Andrew Sum, who directs the Center.. The report studies the earnings of adults according to their level of education achievement in terms of the impact those earnings have on the fiscal affairs of the states and the lives of individuals.. Appendix E of the report gives estimates of annual net fiscal contributions of adults by education attainment level for the 13 largest states.. The report findings have major implications for the purposes and conduct of the nation s adult education and literacy enterprise at all levels of service.. The report should also be of high interest to state and federal polilcymakers and planners, as well as the business community.. [December 14, 2007, 66 pp.. NC10.. CHALLENGES IN ASSESSING FOR POSTSECONDARY READINESS.. prepared for the fourth meeting of the Commission on December 4, 2007 by Daryl F.. Mellard and Gretchen Anderson of the Division of Adult Studies, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas.. This Policy Brief examines the major assessments in use today to measure adult learning gains and determine student placements e.. g.. , BEST, CASAS, TABE, COMPASS, ASSET, and ACCUPLACER in terms of their uses and how they well they align with postsecondary education entry requirements.. Special attention is given to the GED.. The authors identify several problems and challenges as well as recommendations to resolve them.. [December 14, 2007, 26 pp.. NC9.. POLICIES TO PROMOTE ADULT EDUCATION AND POSTSECONDARY ALIGNMENT.. prepared for the National Commission on Adult Literacy by Julie Strawn, senior policy analyst, Center for Law and Social Policy.. This Policy Brief focuses on helping adults with lower skills and/or limited English proficiency earn postsecondary credentials that open doors to family-supporting jobs.. It examines obstacles to moving toward this goal -- with major attention to lack of alignment between federal and state adult education efforts, job training services, and postsecondary education policies.. It also draws attention to the financial, personal, and family challenges that prevent adults from seeking and completing programs.. Numerous policy and action recommendations are given for Commission consideration.. [September 28, 2007 (rev.. 10/18/07), 28 pp.. NC8.. FAMILY LITERACY IN ADULT EDUCATION: The Federal and State Support Role.. prepared for the Commission by Tony Peyton, Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations, National Center for Family Literacy.. This short special perspectives paper contains an Executive Summary and four major sections: (1) Making the Case: Why Provide Family Literacy Services; (2) Federal Support for Family Literacy; (3) Examples of State Family Literacy Initiatives; and (4) Issues Recommendations.. Among the five recommendations made by the author is that serious national and state attention should be given to the collection of comparable data about family literacy services, program types, funding, legislative provisions, and enrollments across the states, as well as research that fully demonstrates program outcomes.. [September 7, 2007, 15 pp.. NC7.. WORKPLACE EDUCATION: TWENTY STATE PERSPECTIVES.. prepared for the Commission by education consultant James Parker (formerly of the U.. Department of Education).. The Policy Brief describes various aspects of current workplace education programs in 20 states: AR, CA, CT, FL, GA, IN, KY, LA, MA, MN, MS, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TX, VA, WV, and WI.. It examines how the programs are funded; the level of effort in each case for the past two years; connections, partnerships, and/or strategic plans implemented by workplace education programs; how states measure outcomes or determine success; the nature of workplace education outcomes achieved; challenges or barriers faced by the states; what the states consider to be the key elements of success in their workplace education efforts, and what future policy options the states would like to consider.. One section of the paper presents seven policy options from the author's perspective.. In an appendix, profiles are given for each of the 20 states examined.. [September 4, 2007, 22 pp.. NC6.. ADULT EDUCATION AND POSTSECONDARY SUCCESS.. prepared by Stephen Reder, University Professor Chair, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University.. This Policy Brief examines GED holders in comparison to their counterparts who have received a high school diploma as well as those with no high school credential.. The comparisons are made in terms of long-term postsecondary education outcomes.. The author makes numerous recommendations for expanding and restructuring the adult education system, with the goal of college readiness and success in mind.. [September 4, 2007 (rev.. 10-8-07), 29 pp.. NC5.. TOUGH CHOICES OR TOUGH TIMES.. A DVD talk to the Commission by Marc S.. Tucker, President of the National Center for Education and the Economy.. This talk summarizes highlights of the report of the New Commission on Skills of the American Workforce, for which Dr.. Tucker was the Study Director.. It calls for dramatic, even controversial changes in the structure and conduct of America s K-12 and education system.. The DVD is viewable only online with QuickTime and Flash on both MAC or PC platforms with high-speed connections.. [July 2007, 17 min.. Click here for Flash viewing.. Click here for QuickTime viewing.. For smooth audio, please await the full download before playing.. NC4.. FORCES CHANGING OUR NATION'S FUTURE.. prepared for the Commission by labor economist Andrew Sum of Northeastern University, a member of the Commission.. Dr.. Sum is Professor and Director, Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern.. The resource is based on research findings from The Perfect Storm (Educational Testing Service, March 2007) which Dr.. Sum co-authored along with Irwin Kirsch and other ETS researchers.. It also draws on a number of other studies.. The publication includes an Author's Introduction and Executive Summary and 30 graphs and tables.. It examines the comparative performance of U.. adults and youth on international literacy assessments, the importance of literacy and numeracy proficiencies for labor market success, and the projected outlook for literacy proficiencies of U.. adults.. [June 18, 2007, 44 pp.. NC3.. DARE TO DREAM: A Collection of Papers from a Resource Group of 102 Education and Literacy Professionals.. The papers in this collection were developed as a basic resource for the Commission.. They reflect the ideas, insights, cautions, and recommendations of a group of 102 education and literacy leaders.. These professionals were asked by a team of group leaders to respond to questions developed by Commission senior staff in several thematic areas.. Group leaders were then brought together in a concentrated roundtable discussion.. All 102 participants are indicated by name and affiliation.. Their broad challenge was to think outside the box, to imagine systemic changes that would be required to expand adult education and literacy service beyond the 3 million or so presently reached by publicly-funded programs to many times that number.. [May 24, 2007].. NC2.. MOUNTING PRESSURES FACING THE U.. WORKFORCE AND THE INCREASING NEED FOR ADULT EDUCATION AND LITERACY.. prepared by Dennis Jones (President) and Patrick Kelly (Senior Associate Director, National Information Center), National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS).. This document consists primarily of 50 color graphs reflecting current data from OECD, the U.. Census Bureau, the U.. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.. Bureau of Justice, the U.. Department of Education, GED Testing Service, and NCHEMS.. The data set includes information on international comparisons, demographic trends within the U.. , U.. education achievement levels with particular attention to groups of low achievement, and other variables that NCHEMS believes calls for a dramatically expanded and more effective adult education and literacy enterprise in America.. A short introduction and executive summary indicates the authors' main conclusions.. [May 21, 2007, 67 pp.. NC1.. Four Lay-of-the-Land Papers on The Federal Role in Adult Literacy.. prepared for the Commission s first meeting in November 2006 by  ...   with research teams from the five colleges studied.. PASSING THE TORCH focuses on non-credit ESL services.. It concentrates on generating learning gains, retaining students, and bringing about transitions to future education.. Among many effective strategies examined are high intensity instruction, learning outside the classroom, and the use of learner-centered thematic curricular.. Special attention is given to curricular integration, co-enrollment, vocational ESL (VESL) programs, and the Spanish GED.. Issues of faculty training, development, and quality are examined, and recommendations are given for engineering innovation in ESL colleges and programs.. A main section of the report deals with costs and funding issues, and calls for substantially greater and more targeted funding for adult ESL.. Other recommendations have to do with NRS reporting standards as they relate to ESL and with the need for development of ESL assessment tools.. [February 26 2007, 153 pp.. ESL1.. OT14.. A TIME OF SCARCE RESOURCES: Near Term Priorities in Adult Education.. , by Forrest Chisman and Gail Spangenberg, is a 34-page report (plus appendices) on a survey project in which over two dozen adult education and literacy leaders responded in depth to a series of questions having to do with highest priority next steps for the adult education field in this time of scarce financial resources.. The main section of the paper addresses areas of consensus or near-consensus.. Highest priorities are seen as gradually moving more toward high intensity-managed enrollment instruction models, increasing professional/staff development opportunities (even in a time of scarce resources), making much more use of technology, and developing new funding sources, including, as appropriate, some form of fee for service.. The other major section of the paper presents a menu of ideas that are more general and varied in nature, including a discussion of articulatling core curriculum standards and the GED.. OT13.. RANDOM ACTS OF PROGRESS: Certification of Readiness for Jobs College.. , by James Parker and Gail Spangenberg, is the final report in CAAL's project about certification of adult student readiness for work and college.. The 34-page paper is organized into three parts.. The first section summarizes and discusses major national and selected state certification systems as well as recent research on the topic.. Part II discusses the numerous hard questions and issues that must be recognized to move forward productively in this complex area.. Part III makes next-step suggestions for overcoming problems in awareness and data collection, and proposes a varied research agenda.. OT12.. FACING THE CHALLANGE OF NUMERACY IN ADULT EDUCATION.. Chisman, is the final report on CAAL's two-year project in adult numeracy.. This 42-page report addresses one of the most complex, neglected, and important areas of adult education.. It explains what "numeracy" is and why we need it.. It makes the case for shifting from the current emphasis on traditional math instruction in adult education to instruction in a more comprehensive set of math skills, Among the major areas of focus in the report are articulation problems between ABE preparation for the GED and between the GED and college placement based on COMPASS.. Other topics of high concern include the paucity of math instruction for adult ESL students with low levels of prior education, and a possible divergence in goals of concurrent education and adult numeracy education.. OT11.. ROI FROM INVESTING IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.. , by Andrew Sum, Director, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, is a 5-page Policy Brief prepared for CAAL on September 9, 2011.. It reviews the findings on the effectiveness of past workforce development programs for low-income adults and dislocated workers in the U.. Data is summarized from three federal workforce development programs: the National JTPJA Evaluation of Programs for Low-Income Adults (1990), the ADARE EValuation of WIA (2005), and the IMPAQ International EValuation of WIA (2008).. OT10.. ADULT NUMERACY: A READER.. contains four papers from CAAL's January 2011 invitational Roundtable on Adult Numeracy.. Included are (1).. Adult Numeracy Demand Provision.. (27 pp.. ) by research scholar Lynda Ginsburg of Rutgers University; (2).. Policy to Improve Math Teaching Learning in Adult Basic Education: A Perspective from Massachusetts.. (9 pp.. ) by Bob Bickerton, Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Education; (3).. Basic Skills in the United Kingdom: How It Has Evolved Over the Past Decade.. (12 pp.. ) by Sue Southwood, Programme Director, Literacy, Language and Numeracy, National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE) in London; and (4).. More Than Rules: College Transition Math Teaching for GED Graduates at the City University of New York.. (66 pp.. ) by Steve Hinds, Mathematics Staff Developer, Adult Literacy/GED Program and College Transition Initiative, CUNY.. OT9.. CERTIFYING ADULT EDUCATION STUDENTS: A Survey of State Directors of Adult Education on Certificate Programs In Use.. is an information paper by Garrett Murphy.. It reports on findings of a survey concluded late in 2010 on student certification systems in use across the county, as reported by state ABE directors, to validate student attainment in adult education and workforce skills programs.. The work was carried out to help CAAL identify some of the deeper issues in adult education student certification that may be considered in an upcoming invitational Roundtable.. [April 19, 2011, 16 pp].. OT8.. CLOSING THE GAP: The Challenge of Certification Credentialing in Adult Education.. Chisman, is CAAL's final project report on this topic.. It includes a summary of an invitational Roundtable discussion in mid-2010, sets forth findings from that meeting and other CAAL research, and makes several short- and long-term action recommendations.. A two-page Executive Summary presents major findings and recommendations.. See item OT6 below for a supplemental CAAL research publication by Cristine Smith.. [February 23, 2011, 31 pp].. OT7.. DOING BUSINESS TOGETHER: Adult Education and Business Partnering to Build a Qualified Workforce.. by James T.. Parker.. This paper is the result a CAAL project designed to stimulate more and effective business involvement in planning for and providing basic and workforce skills to current and potential workers.. It has a heavy focus on what works in states where excellent models already exist in adult education and business collaboration.. It discussed elements of successful partnerships, outlines exemplary models in 16 states, and provides suggestions for future action by adult education and business leaders.. [January 8, 2011, 24 pp.. OT6.. CERTIFYING ADULT EDUCATION STAFF AND FACULTY.. Cristine Smith with Ricardo Gomez.. This report is a primer on who is doing what in certification and credentialing of instructional personnel in adult education programs across the country.. It was prepared as a background information paper for a CAAL Roundtable held in June 2010.. It reviews certification activities, and variations among those activities, at the state level and in postsecondary institutions.. It considers the pros and cons of developing a comprehensive certification system with comparable elements across the states, and offers suggestions for research and action.. [January 3, 2011, 88 pp.. OT5.. THE ROLE OF CORPORATE GIVING IN ADULT LITERACY.. Forrest Chisman and Gail Spangenberg, CAAL.. Funded by Verizon, Inc.. this report is based on a nine-month study conducted in 2005.. It examines the role and impact of corporate giving in adult literacy at both the national and local levels.. The study which includes findings from a web-based survey of local literacy programs finds that by any number of measures, corporations play an essential, instrumental role in adult literacy, funding innovation and other activities for which no other funding is available at both the national and local levels.. The study concludes that corporations have good reason to be proud of their role and urges the corporate community in general to consider the benefits of philanthropy in this high priority area of national need.. It provides a framework and baseline of information for understanding corporate philanthropy in this field as well as a basis for increased dialogue among corporate donors and literacy leaders.. It signals a need for grantor and grantee organizations alike to better communicate and document their expectations and outcomes.. [March 2006, 76 pp.. OT4.. TO REACH THE FIRST RUNG AND HIGHER: Building Healthcare Career Ladder Opportunities for Low-Skilled Disadvantaged Adults.. Chisman and Gail Spangenberg, CAAL.. The report is based on various CAAL activities including in-depth review of six exemplary career ladder programs offered in various institutional settings: a union, a hospital, a community-based organization (CBO), and three community colleges in partnership with an array of medical centers.. The programs are profiled in depth in this paper and the authors discuss their principle findings based on CAAL's research to date.. The paper contains ideas and suggestions for institutions that may want to either create a new healthcare career program for low-skilled, disadvantaged workers or improve existing programs.. [June 2005, 28 pp.. OT3.. CURRENT ISSUES IN CORRECTIONAL EDUCATION: A Compilation Discussion.. by Gail Spangenberg with the assistance of CAAL intern Neena Josen.. It is based primarily on interviews and subsequent consultations with 15 national and state leaders in correctional education.. Its purpose is to help focus attention on the need for more and better correctional education in America and to open the door to a fresh consideration of policy development, the need for increased and better-directed funding, and more effective advocacy for correctional literacy and adult education services.. [February 2004, 30 pp.. OT2.. EQUIPPED FOR THE FUTURE: Tools Standards for Building Assessing Quality Adult Literacy Programs.. by Gail Spangenberg and Sarah Watson.. The publication reviews the developmental history of EFF, a major program of the National Institute for Literacy, and discusses its accomplishments, implementation, and work in progress.. Some 16 experienced national, state, and local EFF users were interviewed for the publication.. Their responses and the questions posed make up the main body of the new work.. The Foreword notes that: This publication tells a remarkable story, about Equipped for the Future -- a singularly important resource developed by the National Institute for Literacy that can be tremendously beneficial to states wanting to improve the effectiveness of their adult literacy services.. [May 2003, 33 pp.. OT1.. LEADING FROM THE MIDDLE: The State Role In Adult Education Literacy.. Chisman, Executive Vice President for Special Projects at CAAL (formerly past president of the Southport Institute for Policy Analysis and author of Jump Start, the blueprint for the National Literacy Act of 1991).. In a Foreword to the publication, ed.. Gail Spangenberg describes the work as a primer on the state role in adult education and literacy.. The publication also looks at how well the states are performing their leadership functions, the extent of their current commitment, and what it will take to improve their leadership capacity and commitment in the future.. It is designed for a diverse audience -- government officials, business leaders and others in influential positions, college students and teachers, and adult literacy providers, planners, learners, and advocates.. [August 2002, 37 pp.. RR1.. BENCHMARK STUDIES REPORTS IN ADULT LITERACY.. originally prepared by Betsy Feist Resources in 2001 and updated by CAAL in 2006.. This publication reviews and summarizes the findings of the major benchmark studies and reports in adult literacy beginning with the University of Texas Adult Performance Level Study of 1977 and continuing through the 2006 NAAL survey results, A First Look at the Literacy of America s Adults in the 21st Century.. [June 2006, 20 pp.. RR2.. JUMP START: The Federal Role in Adult Literacy.. Chisman, is the final report on the adult literacy project of the Southport Institute for Policy Analysis, January 1989.. The independent study on which the report is based was suggested by the Business Council for Effective Literacy on whose board of directors SIPA's chairman and founder served (Alan Pifer, president of the Carnegie Corporation).. JUMP START served as the blueprint for the National Literacy Act of 1991.. A wide range of national leaders were advisors to the project, including such notables as Ernest Boyer of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Harold W.. Howe II, former U.. Commissioner of Education; Samuel Halperin, The William T.. Grant Foundation Commission on Work, Family, and Citizenship; and Michael O'Keefe, Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education.. A panel of seven expert consultants prepared background papers on various substantive issues, and advice was given by hundreds of experienced literacy and social policy leaders in Washington and throughout the country.. JUMP START was the first serious undertaking of its kind, the first time that the national adult literacy effort had been examined in all its major aspects by an independent, nonpartisan source with no vested interests.. The report is provided here as a public service.. [Note: JUMP START is out of print and does not exist in electronic form as a text document.. It has been recreated here as a graphic file, which is very large and best downloaded by a high speed connection.. M1.. Even Anchors Need Lifelines: Adult Literacy in Public Libraries.. is a 1996 study conducted by Gail Spangenberg under the auspices of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.. This report was funded by the American Library Association, the Center for the Book, Harold W.. , and the National Institute for Literacy.. [August 1996, 144 pp.. ] Click title for complete document; or access the document chapter by chapter below.. Center for the Book Preface and Author's Executive Summary.. Introduction Chapter 1: The Public Library's Role.. (to 17).. Chapter 2: Use Limits of Technology.. (pp.. 18-34).. Chapter 3: Planning.. 35-47).. Chapter 4: Finances Funding.. 48-60) (includes a look at State Literacy Resouce Centers.. Chapter 5: State Level Program Data.. 61-71).. Chapter 6: Local Programs: The Heart of the Matter.. 72-88).. Chapter 7: Lifeblood Issues Leadership.. 89-115).. Chapter 8: Conclusions Recommendations.. 116-125).. Appendix A: Acknowledgments.. (p.. 126).. Appendix B: Principal Study Advisors.. 127-128).. Appendix C: Study Participants:Questionnaire Respondees.. 129-144).. M2.. Research-on-Research Mini-Survey.. a CAAL compilation of research titles found useful by participants in a CAAL mini-survey.. [August 2002, 17 pp.. M3.. The National Coalition for Literacy: Options for the Future.. CAAL study by Forrest P.. Chisman of The National Coalition for Literacy with recommendations for developing its leadership capacity.. [September 2002, 33 pp.. M4.. A Guide for the Powerless and Those Who Don't Know Their Own Power.. by Samuel Halperin, CAAL board member and founder of the American Youth Policy Forum.. This is a nonpartisan primer on the American political process.. It will be useful to persons at the state, local, and national levels who are interested in effective advocacy and policy development in adult education and literacy.. Originally published in the 70s, Mr.. Halperin's introduction to the 2001 update notes that powerlessness is an unacceptable condition in any facet of life or work.. It is doubly intolerable for those who work in the human services and whose mission is to help empower others.. At a time when society has more reliable knowledge than ever about what works to improve human lives, we must use that knowledge in dealing with our elected and appointed officials.. Out of such effective advocacy will flow stronger programs and fruitful, lasting relationships with our legislators and other policymakers.. Printed copies of the guide can be purchased from the American Youth Policy Forum (202-775-9731) for $5.. 00 prepaid to cover shipping and handling.. Discounted prices are available on quantity purchases.. [2001, 69 pp..

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    Descriptive info: FUNDING.. CAAL is grateful to the corporations, foundations, small businesses, and individuals who have provided grants and contributions in support of its work.. MAJOR ORGANIZATIONAL GRANTS.. (2001-2013).. By Giving Level:.. The McGraw-Hill Companies (cash and in-kind).. Dollar General Corporation.. William Flora Hewlett Foundation.. Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.. Ford Foundation.. Verizon Foundation Corporation.. The Joyce Foundation.. Lumina Foundation for Education.. Wal-Mart Foundation.. Nellie Mae Foundation.. Annie Casey Foundation.. AT T.. Hosuehold International (HSBC).. Ostrodd Foundation.. Edith C.. Blum Foundation.. SMALL BUSINESS SPONSORS PROGRAM (2013).. [Small businesses who meet the following criteria are eligible to participate: their services and products are appropriate for adult education, ESL, and family literacy audiences.. they are known by CAAL or its constituents to be reputable.. and they want to embrace the adult education cause.. Individuals who value CAAL s work may bring small business they know personally to CAAL's attention for follow-up.. In exchange for a donation of $500, the sponsors name and website link are posted in the CAAL website for  ...   Byer, Meghan Frank, Paula Jarowski, James Parker, Margret Stasius, the late Genevieve E.. Wood, Gene Sofer, Betsy Feist, Dan Block, Linda del Boccio, Bess Heitner, Nickie Askov, Cheryl Feldman, Erik Graf, Robert Wedgeworth.. Listed Alphabetically (Up to $500).. Nana Adae, Edgar Aronson, Elsa Auerbach, Mary Babbitt, Morton Bahr, Michael Barteau, Joan Barteau, Forrest Chisman, Sherrie Clairborne, John Comings, Tom Coyne, JoAnn Crandall, George Demetrion, Gary Eyre, Sheran Fernando, Lynda Ginsburg, Daphne Greenberg, Ralph Grove, Beverly Gutman, Fae Hance, Sue Healey, Grace Hechinger, Joan Herold, Janet Issleris, Debra Jones, Paul Jurmo, Cheryl King, Diane Kirkland, Manyee Koo, Bridget Lamont, Dale Lipschultz, Elena Lister, Robyn Loir Lorea, Marine Corp Heritage Foundation, Nancy McClure, Mary McLarnon, Natalie Millner, Orla O Connor, Joy Peyton, Leila Plassey, Camille Preus, Charlotte Rowe, Teresa Rowe, Steve Rudney, Ruth Saenz, Anthony Sarmiento, Elliot Schwartz, Jason Smith, Andrew Sum, Yumiko and Hitoshi Togashi, Caroline Thomas, John Tibbetts, Yumiko Togashi, Shirley Richard Varner, Susan Wallman, Francis Walsh, Nicole Walter, Julie Wehmeyer, Katya Wieber, Arthur White, Jerry Wnuck..

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    Descriptive info: LINKS.. LEGISLATION.. L-1 The Adult Education and Economic Growth Act (H.. 3238).. - introduced in the U.. House of Representatives July 16, 2009 by Congressman Patrick Kennedy (RI) and Ruben Hinojosa (TX).. The AEEGA reflects many of the major recommendations and findings of Reach Higher, America, the final report of the National Commission on Adult Literacy.. The corresponding Senate bill (S.. 1468) was also introduced on July 16th by Senators Jim Webb (VA) and Sherrod Brown (OH).. This PDF copy of the House bill incorporates at the end two documents prepared by House staff to clarify the intent and main purposes of the AEEGA.. L-2 House AEEGA News Release.. - issued by Congressmen Kennedy and Hinojosa on Launching the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act.. L-3 Senate AEEGA News Release.. - issued by Senator Jim Webb (VA) on Launching the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act (S.. 1468).. L-4 The Adult Education and Economic Growth Act (S.. Senate July 16, 2009 by Senators Jim Webb (VA) and Sherrod Brown (OH).. REPORTS.. PIAAC Fact Sheets from American Institutes for Research, May 2013.. -- This pdf file contains four fact sheets designed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to provide information and clarification about the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).. The four documents, combined by CAAL into a single PDF file for the convenience of its readers, are: (1) PIAAC: A New Strategy to Assess Adult Competencies and their Social and Economic Impact in the United States and Internationally, 4pp; (2) The U.. PIAAC National Supplement and Prison Study, 1p; (3) Education and Skills Online Assessment: The Online Version of PIAAC, 4pp; and (4) PIAAC 2012 Publications and Data Tools, 1p.. PIAAC - Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies.. , a series of slides outlining some key features of the PIAAC, from a presentation by Irwin Kirsch of Educational Testing Service, at the American Institutes for Research, March 13, 2013.. Adult English Language Instruction in the United States: Determining Need and Investing Wisely (McHugh, Gelatt, Fix).. National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy.. Adult Learning in Focus: National and State-by-State Data.. (2008).. Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, in partnership with National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.. Adult Literacy Education In Immigrant Communities: Identifying Policy and Program Priorities for Helping Newcomers Learn English.. Asian American Justice Center.. Adult Literacy and Postsecondary Education Students: Overlapping Populations and Learning Trajectories (Reder).. National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy.. America's Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs: Education and  ...   Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Graduate School of Education.. Implications of Educational Inequality for the Future Workforce (Bailey).. Paper prepared for the symposium on The Social Costs of Inadequate Education, Columbia University Teachers College.. Investigating the Language and Literacy Skills Required for Independent Online Learning.. (Heidi Silver-Pacuilla with original analysis by Stephen Reder) National Institute for Literacy (October 2008).. Investing Wisely in Adult Learning is Key to State Prosperity.. Southern Regional Education Board.. Issue Paper 9 Per Capital Income of U.. Workforce Projected to Decline IF Education Doesn t Improve.. (excerpted from a National Policy Alert of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, for the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education).. Kentucky Web Site: Combining education, employment, and economic development information and resources for all Kentuckians.. Literacy Behind Bars.. Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Prison Survey.. Literacy in Everyday Life.. Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Survey.. National Center for Education Statistics, U.. Department of Education.. Overcoming Obstacles, Optimizing Opportunities: State Policies to Increase Postsecondary Attainment for Low-Skilled Adults (Amy-Ellen Duke and Julie Strawn, 2008).. Center for Law and Social Policy.. (from Breaking Through, an initiative of Jobs for the Future and the National Council for Workforce Education).. Performance Measurement and Return-on-Investment (ROI) in the Workforce Development System.. The Workforce Alliance.. Quality Counts 2007: From Cradle to Career - Connecting American Education from Birth to Adulthood.. Education Week.. State and Local Fiscal Consequences of High School Dropout Problems in Massachusetts (McLaughlin, Sum, Khatiwada, 2007).. Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University.. Strengthening State Adult Education Policies for Low-Skilled Workers (Amy-Ellen Duke and Evelyn Ganzglass).. The Working Poor Families Project.. Supporting English Language Acquisition: Opportunities for Foundations to Strengthen the Social and Economic Well-Being of Immigrant Families.. A Briefing Paper from the Annie E.. Casey Foundation and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.. Three-State Recidivism Study (Steurer, Smith, Tracy).. Correctional Education Association.. Toward A National Workforce Education and Training Policy (Uhalde, Seltzer, Tate, Klein-Collins).. National Center for Education and the Economy, Jobs for the Future, Council for Experiential Learning.. Tough Choices or Tough Times.. (see especially.. Background Paper Four: The Adult Workforce.. Report of the New Commission on Skills of the American Workforce.. National Center on Education and the Economy.. What Do We Know About the Economic Benefits of the GED? A Synthesis of the Evidence from Recent Research (Tyler).. Workforce Strategy Center.. Working Together: Aligning State Systems and Policies for Individual and Regional Prosperity (Mazzeo, Roberts, Spence, Strawn)..

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    Descriptive info: CAAL E-News Issue #37 (September 5, 2013).. -- THE GED: A Wise Investment; POINT OF VIEW: Federal Adult Education Funding (Gail Spangenberg on the shrinking federal dollar); Update on CAAL's ROI Project: and NEWS IN BRIEF (Manufacturing Institute (of NAM) Certificates Awarded, and First Library of Congress Adult Literacy Awards).. CAAL E-News Issue #36 (June 20, 2013).. Give to Help CAAL, Update #3 on PIAAC, WIA Status in the Senate, and Other New Resources (Helping Adult Learners Navigate Community College and the Labor Market; Addressing the Health Literacy Needs of Adult Education Students; Pathways to improvement: Using Psychological Strategies to Help College Students Master Developmental Math; Enhancing GED Instruction to Prepare Students for College and Careers: Early Success in LaGuardia Community College's Bridge to Health and Business Program; and IES Announced FY2014 Research Competitions).. CAAL E-News Issue #35 (April 17, 2013).. Update on PIAAC, CIAW Revisited, Advancing WIA, In The Works at CAAL, and New Resources (new research publications and ongoing policy papers from the National Coalition for Literacy, McGraw-Hill Research Foundation, the Migration Policy Institute, The Center on Education and the Workforce of Georgetown University, and The Hamilton Project.. Also announcing the two community college winners of the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.. CAAL E-News Issue #34 (February 18, 2013).. HOUSE DEMOCRATS REINTRODUCE WIA (HR798); CAAL NEWS IN BRIEF [Going to Scale Blog Posting, ROI Study in Process); and OTHER BREAKING NEWS (KY s Learn on Demand, Program Report from Consortium for Worker Education, Interim Evaluation of Joyce Foundation's Shifting Gears; There and Home Again, Safely (Health Literacy); Essay by Louis Soares for ACE, on post-traditional learners and colleges; and new publications from CLASP].. CAAL Blog Announcement (January 8, 2013).. Thoughts from six national leaders on the graying of adult education.. CAAL E-News Issue #33 (December 11, 2012).. PIAAC IN YOUR FUTURE (a first alert to the OECD's recently-completed International Assessment of Adult Competencies, for which findings will be available in October 2013); TIS THE SEASON; OTHER NEWS (It's Never Too Late to Learn, Kirkwood Pathways for Academic Career Education and Employment, Kerchne's Education Technology Policy for a 21st Century, The Health Literacy Advisor, Goodling Institute's Annotated Bibliography of new research and writing in family literacy).. CAAL E-News Issue #32 (November 15, 2012).. ROI REVISITED (announcing a new CAAL Blog posting); THINK BACK, LOOK FORWARD (CAAL's year-end holiday appeal to individuals); POINT OF VIEW: The Coming Jobs War.. CAAL E-News Issue #31 (October 3, 2012).. CAAL BLOG LAUNCHED (in Thinking Out Loud CAAL staff express personal ideas and concerns related to the future effectiveness of adult education, and invite reader response); A LEAKING BUCKET IN HEALTH CARE (the role of pharmicists in improving healthcare by more actively participating in health literacy); WE NEED WIA IN OUR FUTURE (an essay urging Congress to enact without further delay a reformed and reauthorized WIA including the Adult Education and Economic Growth Act and its strong provisions for adult education--written by Morton Bahr, Samuel Halperin, Ray Marshall, and Gail Spangenberg); ADULT EDUCATION TO COLLEGE (advances in adult transitions from adult education into college through special efforts in Kentucky, Maine, and Minnesota); and NEWS IN BRIEF (Virginia's Rural Horseshoe Initiative, new research reports in industry-recognized credentials from NRCCTE, a Brookings Institute comparison of jobs available and skill levels in major metropolitan areas, a LINCS Workforce Education glossary, and a new assessment e-Newsletter from CTB//McGraw-Hil).. CAAL E-News Issue #30 (August 7, 2012 Special Issue).. ACTION ALERT: WORKFORCE WEDNESDAYS (CIAW campaign for community involvement in advancing the message to Congress that funding needs to be preserved for adult education and workforce skills development programs); OTHER LEADING EDGE NEWS (McGraw-Hill Education's Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), an alternative high school equivalency exam; The New York Times online publication for low-skilled basic readers, The Times in Plain English ; and a new series on the Sundance Channel, Get Ready Get Set GET TO WORK, and the STRIVE job training program to which it is geared).. CAAL E-News Issue #29 (July 30, 2012).. IN A TIME OF SCARCE RESOURCES (new CAAL report on the importance of setting priorities in adult education and what 24+ leaders suggest as top priorities); NEWS IN BRIEF (reports and news from CLASP, CAP, EdSource, CAEL, GED Testing Service, workforce development in Chicago and Illinois, ACT, and the National Coalition for Literacy); and HUMAN INTEREST (The Mary and H.. L.. Musick Lifelong Learning Award).. CAAL E-News Issue #28 (June 14, 2012).. -- NO CLEAR PATH ON WIA; OTHER NEWS (Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills, Manufacturing Institute Gains in Workforce Credentialing, The Promise of Career Pathways Systems Change, CAAL Futures Project).. CAAL E-News Issue #27 (May 1, 2012).. - ON THE MOVE WITH CLASP (several recent research reports and other resources); OTHER NEWS (TABE Adaptive, 2012 NRS Changes, Technical Support from LaGuardia Community College, Immigration Policy and Less-Skilled Workers, 4-volume document on contextualized learning from a workshop by Tom Sticht); and CAAL funding appeal.. CAAL E-News Special Issue #26 (March 30, 2012).. - Announces Random Acts of Progress: Certification of Readiness for Jobs College, by James Parker and Gail Spangenberg.. This report is the culmination of CAAL's project to examine the status and issue in certification of adult students.. It reviews exemplary national and state certification models, recent research, and troublesome  ...   The Challenge of Certification Credentialing in Adult Education, by Forrest P.. Chisman, the final report on a CAAL project to examine issues of adult education teacher certification and credentialing.. CAAL E-News Issue #13 (January 9, 2011).. CAAL NEWS IN BRIEF (Doing Business Together, Letter on Workforce Budgets and Appropriations, Certifying Adult Education Staff and Faculty, CAAL Website Resources); STIRRINGS IN TECHNOLOGY (Alma's TV411); IT'S A FACT; and REPORTS FROM THE FIELD (Michigan's No Worker Left Behind, Breaking New Ground: ACT Calls for National Credentialing System, Federal Funds for Integrated Service Delivery (CLASP), Adult Student Waiting List Survey, and Pathways to Prosperity: Preparing Young Adults for the 21st Century).. CAAL E-News Issue #12 (December 20, 2010).. CAAL News in Brief; POINT OF VIEW (Measure of America Reinforces Need for WIA, by Gail Spangenberg); Roundup of New Reports.. CAAL E-News Holiday Message (December 14, 2010).. an appeal to CAAL's E-News subscribers, showing the value of CAAL's work to multiple audiences.. CAAL E-News Issue #11 (November 3, 2010).. HOLIDAY GIFTING THAT KEEPS ON GIVING; NEWS IN BRIEF (CAAL Revisits Senate and House, Update on Reforming the NRS, Advancing Hispanic Workers, ABE Career Connections, The Income Gap, Transforming Michigan's Adult Learning Infrastructure, House Adult Literacy Caucus); COMMUNITY COLLEGES MOVE LOW-SKILLED ADULTS TOWARD JOBS (MDRC, Business Champions, Aspen Institute, Center for American Progress, Working Poor Families Project); NATIONAL GUARD GIVES YOUNG HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS A WAY BACK.. CAAL E-News Issue #10 (August 24, 2010).. NEWS IN BRIEF (Status of WIA Reauthorization, Sectors Act of 2010 H.. R.. 1855 Passed); FEATURING SREB: A Smart Move in Tough Times; POINT OF VIEW: What We Don't Know Will Hurt Us (Eunice Askov); REFORMING THE NRS (Gail Spangenberg).. CAAL E-News Issue #9 (July 7, 2009).. CAAL NEWS IN BRIEF.. (Senate WIA Letter; Longitudinal Data Collection in Career Pathways Programs: Core Indicators and Elements; Roundtable on Certification and Credentialing of Adult Education Teachers; and Reach Higher, America still popular.. HELP WANTED.. : Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018 (Carnevale et al);.. ADVANCING HISPANIC IMMIGRANT WORKERS; ALSO WORTHY OF NOTE.. (Crossing the Bridge: GED Credentials and Postsecondary Educational Outcomes; Guiding Developmental Math Students to Campus Services; NCSDAE Vol II of Adult Education: Supporting the President's Workforce and American Graduation Initiatives; CAELA Adult ESL Teacher Credentialing and Certification Table (Jodi Crandall and Jacqueline Lopez); and How to Build Bridge Programs That Fit Into a Career Pathway).. CAAL E-News Issue #8 (April 13, 2010).. Remembering Harold W.. ; New CAAL Policy Brief: Local Perspectives on WIA Reauthorization; and In The States (Minnesota's FastTRAC; Strengthening State Economic Development Systems: A Framework for Change (Working Poor Families Project); and Mapping Green Career Pathways: Job Training Opportunities and Infrastructure in Michigan).. CAAL E-News Issue #7 (March 16, 2010).. New CAAL Primer on Congressional Process; In the States.. (Strategic Planning in CA, Skills2Compete-Maryland),.. Workforce Investment Act.. (Senate HELP hearing, WIB recommendations, OVAE community conversations, NAWB Conference Sessions on WIA),.. Also Worthy of Note.. (Tribute to Harold W.. , ED's National Education-Technology Plan offered for comment, MDRC Helping Low-Wage Workers, Center for American Progress on career navigation for working learners).. CAAL E-News Issue #6 (January 26, 2010).. A Message From CAAL's President; Point of View: Let's Get Real with the GED.. ;.. CAAL News in Brief.. - Cheryl King Moderates at CIC President's Institute;.. Also Worthy of Note:.. ED Awards $8 million to JFF for Green Pathway Initiatives, Getting Serious About the GED in New York State, OVAE Selects Eight States for Customized Transition Training, MDRC Releases Report on Ways to Reduce Ex-Prisoner Recidivism, Edward Gordon Gives Chicago Federal Reserve Bank Keynote, New Report from Working Poor Families Project, Workforce Alliance Becomes National Skills Coalition, New CLASP Publications on WIA, CAEL Comments on WIA Reauthorization.. CAAL E-News Issue #5 (December 10, 2009).. LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK: CAAL Roundtable Program in the Works, CAAL 2009 Publication Highlights; CAAL NEWS IN BRIEF (includes preview of Business Roundtable Springboard Project report); and ALSO WORTHY OF NOTE: AFL-CIO on Actively Engaging WIBs, NCSDAE Helps State ABE Directors Develop Career Pathway Programs, TWA Analysis Underscores Importance of Skills Upgrading Job Training to Success of Jobs Bill, Hitachi Foundation and Boston College Probe Corporate Social Responsibility in 2009, and Joyce Foundation/CLASP Launch Transmissions.. CAAL E-News Issue #4 (October 21, 2009).. Focus On.. : The Power of Technology to Transform Adult Learning (new CAAL report), CAAL News in Brief, and Also Worthy of Note (John Jay Report on Incarceration and Education, Innovative Education Needed for Working Learners, P/PV Reports on Working Dads, Bridges to Opportunity from Ford Foundation, Qualifying Young Adults for Skilled Work).. CAAL E-News Issue #3 (October 8, 2009).. Rebuilding NIFL for the 21st Century (New CAAL report), CAAL News in Brief, and Also Worthy of Note (new NCEE One Step Forward publications, Model Training Program in Florida, Abt Directory of Federal Funding Sources).. CAAL E-News Issue #2 (July 17, 2009).. News in Brief, Expanding Horizons, CAAL Project on NIFL, Green Job Training Grants, Shifting Gears Website Launched, and New Guide for Community Literacy Coalition.. : The Adult Education and Economic Growth Act.. CAAL E-News Issue #1 (May 11, 2009).. News in Brief, CAAL Technology Project in Progress, NAM/ACT Workforce Readiness Credential Launched, and NIFL Online Learning Report.. Point of View.. : Workforce Organizations Moving Toward Consensus on WIA Reauthorization..

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