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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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Spring 2017 Professional Development

12 January 2017
News Professional Development

At the Office of Adult Education (OAE) we believe learning is lifelong for both learners and educators. This Spring we welcome new and existing …

2016 in the Office of Adult Education

29 December 2016
Features News

Check out what we’ve been up to in 2016! Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Education’s Counseling …

PHL Adult Literacy Alliance Quarterly Meeting #2

19 December 2016
Alliance News

On Monday, December 12th the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance convened the second quarterly meeting of the fiscal year. Members were hosted by Office …

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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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