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The Office of Adult Education

990 Spring Garden Street
Third Floor, Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Phone number: (215) 686-5250
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Free Mobile Learning App (Pre-Registration)
Jun 14 – Jul 14 all-day


Everyone can get better at reading. Take matters into your own hands and improve your reading today.

Are you too busy to take a class right now? That’s OK. You can start learning to read  better by using a FREE reading app from anywhere, at any time.

Thousands of people in Philly are signing up to get a FREE, private, easy reading app for their phone.

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Call 215-686-5250 to find out more about this free reading app program in Philly.

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Adult Literacy XPRIZE Philly Kickoff Event

Ambassador Training

About the Adult Literacy XPRIZE


Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) Graduation @ Mitten Hall, Temple University
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Celebrate earning your GED®, HiSET® or Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) by attending the City of Philadelphia’s 3rd Annual CSSD Graduation Ceremony for Philadelphia residents.

Register for the ceremony is easy! See requirements and registration process below:


  • Passed all sections of the GED®, HiSET®, or receive your Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD)
  • Resident of Philadelphia

Registration Process:

To receive an invitation to participate in the Ceremony, send your mailing address, phone number and proof that you passed the GED®, HiSET® or received your CSSD between January 2015 and May 2017. Email, mail or fax one of the following by June 16, 2017 (deadline extended):

About the 2017 CSSD Graduation Ceremony

The 2017 CSSD Graduation Ceremony is the third annual ceremony hosted by the Office of Adult Education in collaboration with community partners to celebrate Philadelphia residents who have passed the GED®, HiSET® or received their Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma. This year’s graduation will take place at Temple University’s Mitten Hall. For more information on the CSSD Graduation Ceremony, please call 215.686.6044.

Commencement Speaker 

Michael Banks | President & CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce
Michael Banks is the President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) of PA, NJ and DE, a membership organization committed to supporting the economic empowerment and growth of African-American businesses. Prior to assuming his current role, Michael was a financial controller for a Philly start-up that he helped position for national growth, and has more than 10 years of capital and derivatives market experience, managing investments with Citibank where he was a Vice President and led their equity trading desk.

Additionally, he was the first African-American stock option specialist in the history of the then Philadelphia Stock Exchange and now Nasdaq OMX. Banks is an Urban Studies graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on urban economics and has served on the board of Bebashi where he chaired the finance committee.

He also currently serves on the boards of: The African American Chamber of Commerce, PHL Diversity, The Mann Center, The American Red Cross Diversity & Inclusion committee, The advisory committee for the Office of Economic Opportunity in the city of Philadelphia’s Commerce department, and the city of Philadelphia’s Vision Zero task force.

Watch the 2016 CSSD Graduation Ceremony

Immigrant Heritage Month Closing Ceremony: Unveiling of ESL Class Map @ City Hall, Mayor's Reception Room
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

As a closing event to Immigrant Heritage Month, the Office of Adult Education, in partnership with the Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Temple University, will release an online interactive English As a Second Language (ESL) Class Locator Map. The ESL Map is an online and living interactive map that includes English language class providers throughout the City of Philadelphia.

This press conference will include remarks from Mayor James F. Kenney, an overview from the Office of Adult Education on how residents can sign up for English classes in Philadelphia, and a walk through of the locator map itself. 



View Immigrant Heritage Month Events

Adult Literacy XPRIZE Ambassador Training @ Office of Adult Education
Jul 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Join the team! The Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is testing literacy apps for adult learning across the U.S. in three cities: Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. We need your help to make this very important mission a success. Become an ambassador today to make a difference in the lives of nearly 36 million adult learners facing low-literacy. Our ambassadors will amplify our outreach by actively recruiting learners and volunteers, as well as provide facilities or equipment for testing.

Contact Anne Gemmell, Director of Family Learning at to register for the Ambassador Training.

For more information on the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, or how you can get involved call 215-686-5250.

Adult English as a Second Language Round Table #3 @ Municipal Services Building, 16th Floor Room E
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Naomie Nyanungo


Please join the Office of Adult Education at a third Adult English as a Second Language (ESL) Round Table on September 19, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Come 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!

About the Office of Adult Education’s Professional Development Offerings:
The Office of Adult Education (OAE) offers multiple professional development opportunities to strengthen the delivery of quality adult education services in Philadelphia. These offerings are free and geared towards adult education coordinators, administrators, teachers, tutors and mentors.

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