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Adult Education Month

8 September 2017
Events News

Join the City of Philadelphia and the Office of Adult Education in celebrating the first annual Philadelphia Adult Education Month. On September 8, 2017, Mayor Kenney recognized September as Adult Education Month during an event to honor the first anniversary of an Executive Order that expanded the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy to the Office of Adult Educating.

September 8, which marks International Literacy Day, a day dedicated to shining a spotlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. The Office of Adult Education is taking this one step further and celebrating all month long!

Check out education and career events happening for adult in Philadelphia during September!

PHL Adult Education Month: Press Conference & Reception
Mayor Kenney and Office of Adult Education (OAE)
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
City Hall

International Literacy Day 2016 – One year ago, the Mayor signed an Executive Order to expand the former Mayor’s Commission on Literacy into the Office of Adult Education (OAE).International Literacy Day 2017 – Next Friday, September 8, the Mayor will proclaim September as PHL Adult Education Month. OAE will unveil a September calendar of community events that highlight and support Philadelphia’s adult education providers, learners and their families. We will also welcome myPLACE learner Wanda Steward to share her exciting work with the Project Literacy global campaign.

RSVP Required

#ProjectLiteracy Surprise Premiere: Facebook Live
Project Literacy Partnership
Watch live on Facebook

It is a sad fact that almost one billion adults worldwide cannot read or write a simple sentence. Imagine not being able to fill out a form at the hospital, vote in an election, take the right bus, or send a text message to a loved one. That’s the reality for one in ten people alive today. What’s more, it’s a reality that affects more than just the individual; it affects their families and generations to come. Children of illiterate parents are more likely to grow up to be illiterate and go on to have illiterate children themselves.

#ProjectLiteracy is hosting a very special book reading this #International Literacy Day. Save the date, more information coming soon! For more information, visit www.projectliteracy.com/GiveYourWord.

Hardy Williams Academy: Community Day & Block Party
Hardy Williams Academy – Mastery Charter School
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
5400 Warrington Ave.

Mastery Charter School will be celebrating the beginning 2017-2018  school year with food, fun, and family at the annual Hardy Williams Academy Block Party/Community Day. Learn about resources and programs available in the community. Enjoy food, fun and prizes. Stop by the Office of Adult Education table to learn more about education and career development services for adults.

No RSVP Required

Tutor Now: Fundamentals of Adult Learning (ONLINE Training)
Office of Adult Education
September 10 – October 1

Become a volunteer tutor! Learn the skills and strategies to work with adult learners in this introductory training course. For more information, click here.

RSVP Required

Adult Literacy XPRIZE: Word-of-Mouth Team Training
Office of Adult Education, XPRIZE
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd. 16th Floor, Room Y

Join the Word of Mouth (WOM) Team Training to learn how you can support these efforts by becoming an Adult Literacy XPRIZE champion and help connect people with life changing apps! The Word of Mouth  Team helps get the word out, on the block and on the bus. Be in the know, win prizes, and get skills. Join the Adult Literacy XPRIZE WOM Team!

Free lunch and a $25 Visa prepaid card are available for those who attend the Word of Mouth Team Training.

No RSVP required


Educational Options Program (EOP) Registration
School District of Philadelphia
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
EOP (Night School) registration takes place at four high schools

The Educational Options Program (formerly known as Twilight) allows students and adults over the age of 17 to continue earning credits towards a high school diploma. Classes are held in the afternoons between 3:30 and 6:30 PM at four locations. Participants can earn 6 or more credits each year.

Students interested in enrolling into the EOP Program can visit the Re-Engagement Center located at 440 N. Broad Street, Suite 1013, Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  for information. EOP Registration happens at each school site on a first-come, first-serve basis. Download the EOP 2017-2018 Fact Sheet.

This event is free and no registration is required.

Community Digital Connection Day
KEYSPOT, Lutheran Settlement House, Dept. of Revenue
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
1340 Frankford Ave.

Skip the line! Join the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue to learn more about accessing services online. Find city services online, such as Real Estate Tax Information and access your water bill online (bring your water bill with you). Discover TAP online; the City;s new water assistance program and talk to Revenue staff about assistance programs for homeowners, and get your questioned answered!

Representatives will also be on site to help qualified participants sign up for a free mobile phone and services. Please bring proof of participation in on of the following programs to sign up: Food Stamps/SNAP, Medicaid, SSI/Supplemental Security Income, Section 8/Federal Public Housing, Veterans/Survivors Pension benefits.

An email address is required to take full advantage of these services. If you don’t have an email, please arrive at 9 a.m. promptly so Lutheran Settlement House an help you create one on the day of the event.

This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, please call (215) 426-8610 x2006.

College, Vocational and Labor Information Fair 
Councilwoman Cherelle Parker
11 a.m.
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave.

Attend the annual College, Vocational and Labor Information Fair to find out how can you can reach your education and career goals! Speak directly with college admissions officers from around the country, learn how to enroll in local apprenticeship programs, and connect with various vocational schools. There will also be a special workshop entitled “How to Pay for College” conducted by PHEAA and a workshop entitled “Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Returning to College to Complete Your Degree But Were Afraid to Ask!” by Graduate! Philadelphia.

Download the College, Vocational and Labor Information Fair flyer. For more information, please call (215) 686-3454.

This event is free and no registration is required.


Community Education Forum
St. Mark’s Church
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
4442 Frankford Ave.

Join the St. Mark’s Church during their community meal to learn about education opportunities. Learn about how you can reach your educational goals and speak with representatives from a variety of programs.

This event is free and no registration is required.


Jose Manuel Collazo Playground: Community Celebration 
Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, HACE CDC
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
N. Mascher Street & Westmoreland Street.

Celebrate the re-dedication of the park to the memory of Jose Manuel Collazo and the future of our community. A day filled with fun activities and performances for kids and families!

The community-led design for Collazo Playground revived the spirit of the old playground. As part of the new site, which expanded the handball and basketball courts to account for the high volume of players. New features include, playground equipment, a water spray ground, and a common area for community gatherings and events like outdoor bingo. Check out the park and enjoy a day filled with fun activities and performances for kids and families. Stop by the Office of Adult Education table to learn more about education and career development services for adults.

This event is free and no registration is required.

KEYSPOT: Quarterly Training for Digital Literacy Instructors 
Office of Adult Education, KEYSPOT, TLC
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, 100 S. Broad St., 10th Floor

Please join us for a joint KEYSPOT & TLC Quarterly Training Session on Pedagogy and Bringing Your Best as a Digital Literacy Instructor. Philadelphians of all backgrounds and digital literacy levels visit KEYSPOT computer labs to learn basic computer and job readiness skills. On any given day, digital literacy instructors serve reentering citizens, shelter residents, new Americans and more. Hear more from these instructors as they discuss the unique challenges and successes they observe in their work. A question and answer period will follow presentations from each speaker.

RSVP Required

Job Search Boot Camp 
KEYSPOT, Lutheran Settlement House
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1340 Frankford Ave.

Accelerate your job search and learn key tips for helping you land a job! Discover job listing websites and have your resume reviewed. Job Search Boot Camp runs September 19-21.

This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, please call (215) 426- 8610 x2006.


English as a Second Language (ESL) Provider Roundtable
Office of Adult Education
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor, Room E

Join the Adult ESL Roundtable meeting to network with other providers and help formulate a plan for improving ESL services for adult learners in Philadelphia. The meeting is open to administrators, teachers and tutors of ESL programs. Light refreshments will be provided!

RSVP Required


Community School: Southwark Back to School Night 
Mayor’s Office of Education, Southwark School
5:30 p.m.
1835 S. 9th St.

Celebrate the new school year with Southwark School! Learn about programs and services available to children and families in South Philadelphia.

Connect to Work Information Session
Honickman Learning Center Comcast & Technology Labs
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
1936 N. Judson St.

Learn how you could participate in one of the region’s premier job training programs for customer service and call center professionals! This event will give attendees all the details they need to see if our free Connect to Work program is what they need to take their career to the next level. Participants will receive resume writing support, digital literacy training and job search assistance during the 6-week program!

This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, please email careercenter@urbanleaguephila.org.

Tutor Now: English as a Second Language Training (blended offering)
Office of Adult Education, SW CDC
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
6328 Paschall Ave

Attend the Office of Adult Education’s volunteer English as a Second Language tutor training to learn theory and techniques to work with adults who are learning English as an additional language. After completion, trained tutors are placed at adult education programs throughout Philadelphia.

The blended training mixes traditional face-to-face classroom facilitated workshops with self-paced online modules. The class meets face-to-face twice. In addition, volunteers are required to read material and complete assignments online. For more information, click here.

RSVP Required


Immigrant Resources Fair 
South Philadelphia Library
11 a.m.
1700 S. Broad St.

Are you a new immigrant to the Philadelphia area? Would you like to learn about resources available to you? Stop by and you can learn about employment, housing, health, English classes, and more!

This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, click here or call (215) 685-1758.

This program is part of the Welcoming Week 2017 “Connecting neighbors, serving communities.”


Criminal Expungement Clinic
People’s Emergency Center (PEC)
12 p.m.
3939 Warren St.

Attend the Criminal Expungement Clinic to determine if you are eligible to have one or more charges removed from your criminal records and have your questioned answered by lawyers.

This event is free and no registration is required. For more information, call (267) 777-5880.

The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance Quarterly Meeting 
Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance, Office of Adult Education
10 a.m.
Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.

learn about a citywide workforce strategy to create pipelines into living wage jobs for opportunity youth, returning citizens, and adults lacking literacy and foundational skills. Catie Wolfgang, Director of Workforce Strategies at the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity from the Workforce Development Steering committee will be looking for ways the Alliance can participate in this strategy to ensure the needs of adult learners are being met.
The Alliance will also share updates on it’s State of Adult Literacy report and informing the Alliance of ways to get involved. Not a member of the Alliance? Join now!
RSVP Required. For more information, call (215) 686-6047.

Community School: Cramp Back to School Night

William Cramp Elementary School
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
3449 N Mascher St.
Join William Cramp Elementary School and over 30 partner agencies for Back to School Night! Learn about programs and services available to families and parents.

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