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The Office of Adult Education (OAE), formerly the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy has worked to equip all adults in Philadelphia with the education they need for work, family, and civic engagement since 1983. OAE was charged to work on behalf of over 80 literacy and workforce development programs to help the estimated 550,000 adults in the city functioning below basic adult education levels to qualify for family-sustaining jobs and post-secondary training and education.

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New York Coalition for Adult Literacy Joins the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance

30 September 2016
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The New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy (NYCCAL) is comprised of adult literacy teachers, managers, students, and allies from community -based organizations, …


Mayor’s Commission on Literacy Expands to Office of Adult Education

12 September 2016
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New executive order better encompasses the needs of adult learners and families New Executive Order  | FAQ | Media Coverage | Photo Album …

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Free Webinar – Experiment & Iterate: How to Implement Effective Ed-tech

24 August 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016  12:00 p.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT Trying something new, adjusting, and trying again are key to finding, developing, …

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Viola Robinson

Viola Robinson never let dropping out of school in the 10th grade to care for her mother stop her love of reading. She credits her uncle for encouraging her and keeping her in class—even  if it was an unconventional setting. After raising three grandchildren, and doing some work with...

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