The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance met on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 for the first quarterly meeting of 2014 to discuss trends and initiatives in adult education. Rapidly growing, the Alliance represents 142 members from Philadelphia’s adult education and workforce development community.
The meeting featured keynote speaker Eva Gladstein, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity, who introduced Shared Prosperity, the city of Philadelphia’s plan to fight poverty. According to Gladstein, every strategy of Shared Prosperity has an adult literacy component. The goals of the plan: job and training, access to benefits, early learning, housing security, and economic security are designed to help lift citizens and communities out of poverty and increase opportunities for low-income individuals and families.
Next, Jennifer Kobrin assistant program director with the Commission discussed the grand opening of three myPLACE Campuses, aimed to help adults improve basic literacy and work-readiness skills in order to qualify for family-sustaining employment and post-secondary training. Alliance members were invited to the grand opening on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Congreso de Latinos Unidos. For details or to RSVP for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration of myPLACE Campuses click here.
Lunch provided time for networking, sharing of best practices, along with members’ announcements about upcoming events. Jane Shore, research scientist at ETS Philadelphia announced the Adult Literacy and Adult Education (ALAE) SIG of the American Education and Research Association (AERA) will host its annual conference in Philadelphia from Thursday, April 3, 2014 to Monday, April 7, 2014. On Friday, April 4, 2014 the Commission will co-sponsor an interactive panel discussion and reception featuring local panelists on current research and innovation in adult literacy, workforce education and youth development. The panel will be the focus of the second quarterly Alliance meeting. For information on this event click here.
A special thanks to all that attended today’s meeting. If you are not a member, wish to be, or want more information on the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance click here or contact Joe Boxman, firstname.lastname@example.org.