The Office of Adult Education (OAE), formerly the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy has been at the forefront of innovation in adult education. A selected list of achievements:
- Produced annual Technology in Adult Education Conferences since 1988; first in the nation to offer Tutor Trainings with significant technology content.
- Established the nation’s first Workforce Literacy Teaching and Program standards. Supported by the City budget annually since 2011.
- Attracted major local, state and national funding and partnerships with Verizon, United Way of Southeastern PA and Southern New Jersey, IBM, among others.
- Honored with best in state awards for outstanding adult education programs.
- Been instrumental in assuring that adult literacy is a high priority for the City’s workforce development system.
- Founded the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance, a coalition of more than 211 individuals and organizations that provide, coordinate, fund, regulate, support or benefit from adult literacy and workforce developments services in Philadelphia.
- Developed the nation’s first online cohort learning program, myPLACE℠ Online Learning, for low literate adults.
Perhaps the most important aspects of the Office of Adult Education’s activities are those that brought the organization into existence in the early 1980s: cooperation and collaboration. The Commission continues in this spirit to work closely with Philadelphia literacy organizations, the workforce development system, local corporations, community-based organizations, government agencies, faith-based institutions, and adult learners to build a culture of learning throughout the city.