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New Adult Literacy Project: MINDS THAT MOVE US

Driven by the market demands of business and industry as well as the needs of learners, these challenges engage the bright minds of public/private partners to examine the current education and training gaps within their communities and then create models that can be scaled and replicated within various industries.


The first Minds That Move Us challenge is to design career pathway innovations for adult learners who do not have any formal postsecondary training or education and lack the skills necessary to put themselves on a career path, especially those with disabilities. Open to communities across the United States, this challenge encourages creativity, collaboration and out-of-the-box ideas as solutions to pressing employment challenges and includes a design camp, festival, and coaching to assist in the development and implementation of promising practices.


Applications for this challenge are due Friday, June 29, 2018.


Attend our webinar on Friday, June 8th at 2:00 p.m. EST to learn more.



Ten selected community teams will participate, at no cost, in the following:


Design Camp - A two-and-a-half day experience to hear from subject matter experts about next generation career pathway design features and approaches that: 1) stack and aggregate learning experiences at various levels of education and industry credentials; 2) use prior learning assessments, competency-based assessments and/or micro-credentials; 3) provide academic and wrap-around supports; and 4) incorporate universal design principles to ensure adult learners with visible and invisible disabilities can benefit from programs.


Ongoing Coaching - Teams are slated to receive 24 hours of coaching over three years to assist in designing their programs.


Career Pathways Festival - A two-day festival where teams will pitch their programs to a distinguished panel of judges and a live, virtual audience including funders that may consider offering pre-commitments to provide implementation funding for ideas they want to support.