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Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance Quarterly Meeting & Panel Discussion 4/4/2014

4 April 2014
Adult Literacy in the News

The Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance met on Friday, April 4th for the second quarterly meeting of 2014 to discuss research and innovations in adult education, workforce and youth development.

During the meeting members of the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance provided information about upcoming committee meetings and other Alliance related events. Alliance members, who attended the Commission on Adult Basic Education National Conference in March, lead small group discussions focused on sessions that they attended during the conference. The topics discussed included:

After the Alliance meeting, The Adult Literacy and Adult Education (ALAE) Special Interest Group of theAmerican Educational Research Association (AERA), The Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, andEducational Testing Service hosted an interactive panel discussion and reception. The panel engaged field experts and researchers to discuss timely issues in current research, innovations, and challenges in adult literacy, workforce education, and youth development.

The panel discussed the need to create links among research, policy, and practice. Panelists included Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend, President and CEO, Philadelphia Youth Network, Meg Shope Koppel, Senior Vice President of Research, Policy and Innovation,Philadelphia Works, Inc. Judith Rényi, Executive Director, Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, and John Sabatini, Principal Research Scientist, Educational Testing Services.

In discussing challenges, opportunities and top innovations taking place in Philadelphia Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend said, “systems need to talk and public policies need to support data sharing so providers can best support clients.” The issue at hand is to maximize resources and create a unified coalition to combat education gaps and poverty in the City of Philadelphia.

Judith Rényi shared that 67 percent of adults seeking help from the Commission are at intermediate education level, testing at 4th to 8th grade levels. “It’s not a lack of desire to work; it’s not a lack of desire to learn. Philadelphia’s adults want to do both”.

The Commission recently opened three myPLACE campuses to provide comprehensive adult education and career preparation services in order to help adults gain new jobs and better careers. Learn moreabout this initiative.

The panel also provided Alliance members with the opportunity to ask the panelists questions. A reception allowed AERA conference goers and Alliance members an opportunity to network. For material from the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance quarterly meeting and panel discussion click here.

A special thanks to all that attended this meeting. If you are not a member, wish to be, or want more information on the Philadelphia Adult Literacy Alliance click hereor contact Joe Boxman,


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