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Temporary Guidance: ALE Funded Programs

Please find guidance for ALE funded programs in this powerpoint from the NYS Education Department.

N.Y.S. Education Department Provides Temporary COVID-19 Guidance

The New York State Education Department has provided guidance to funded Adult Education Programs, which include the providers funded by Adult Literacy Education (ALE) funding. Our intent is to keep our students engaged and learning during this time of social distancing-- stay well, everyone!

COABE Recognizes Need to Support Low Level Learners

The Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) calls upon all of us to expand our focus on workforce training to include supporting the 43 million working-age Americans with low literacy skills.

Remember to Thank Your Volunteers!

The article "How to Thank Volunteers in 2020" offers 20 ideas for thanking volunteers in 2020-- check it out. As all of us in the nonprofit world know, it is never enough to just recruit volunteers-- we need to keep them volunteering with us!

2020 Census: Pledge To Be Counted

An accurate count in the 2020 Census is vital to our families, our communities, and to the adult learners supported by our literacy programs.

ProLiteracy says:

The census determines how $800 billion annually is spent on programs affecting schools, housing, health care, and much more. The census will determine these allocations for the next 10 years.

How Brains Learn to Read

"What is dyslexia?: an interview with neuroscientist Guinevere Eden" offers some fascinating research about how our brains learn to read, and what could be happening in the brains of those with dyslexia. Though referencing findings with children, we know that people do not outgrow their learning disabilities, so there is great relevance to our work with adult learners.


2020 Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants

Dollar General Literacy Foundation is accepting applications for their Adult Literacy Grants https://www.dgliteracy.org/grant-programs/. The deadline to apply is February 20, 2020. Many of the Rest of State ALE funded programs have been successful in receiving funding from this organization-- good luck!

COABE Fact Sheets

COABE (Coalition on Adult Basic Education) has created some resources for the field to use in advocating for the issue of Adult Literacy. Please view the information here

These national statistics are powerful when shared with stakeholders and legislators-- hope you find them helpful!

NCES releases analysis of national adult literacy report

In November, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a report analyzing the most recent Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) report, which compares U.S. adults' literacy, numeracy, and digital problem-solving skill levels in 2012/14 to 2017. 

Six Last Minute Ideas for Giving Tuesday

"Six Last Minute Ideas for Giving Tuesday" has some practical tips for making the most out of 2019's Giving Tuesday (December 3rd this year), a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. It is not too late to incorporate some of the suggestions-- good luck!

Resource for Teaching

Our CUNY colleague, Kate Brandt, a Professional Developer in the adult literacy field in New York City, brings our attention to a teaching and learning resource called "Actively Learn" https://www.activelylearn.com on the CollectEdNY site http://www.collectedny.org. 


COABE is Once Again Offering Scholarships to Conference

COABE is once again offering adult education programs the opportunity to apply for funds to defray the costs of the 2020 COABE National Conference in Baltimore, MD. Click for more information -- and good luck!

Start With Why: Grant Writers are Great Storytellers

This article from Foundant Technologies encourages us to remember that writing grants should not be a repetitive, "cut and paste" process, but a real opportunity to do our best writing. The author encourages us to "start with the why", and tell a compelling story about the important work your program does. Hope the article inspires you!

2020 Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant Program

State Farm Insurance has opened the application process for their 2020 Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant Program. This funding is available to 501C3's and includes focus areas of Community Development and Education, which could fit with the work ALE funded programs are doing in their communities. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2019.

Florida Literacy Coalition Adult Education Program Study

The Florida Literacy Coalition released an interesting and informative study looking at student recruitment in adult education programs-- "If You Build It, They Will Come. Think Again". The study looked specifically at Florida programs, which are housed in community colleges and more like the traditional BOCES and school district programs in NYS, but there are findings that could inform the way we market and sell any of our ALE funded programs.

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