Teachers from seven literacy programs are increasing and deepening their knowledge of algebra and its connections to number and operations sense during three two-day workshop sessions and a RAEN website forum. Developed by TERC, Adults Reaching Algebra Readiness focuses on communication, connections, integration of all math content across all levels, and development of mathematical proficiency. During the sessions, teachers build their content knowledge, learn about the Common Core Math Standards and participate in various hands on activities. They then apply their new knowledge to their classroom lessons and share their experiences with their colleagues.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Ken Burns and PBS have launched a major national public outreach campaign in January-March, 2014 to challenge everyone across the country, especially students, to video record themselves reading or reciting the Gettysburg Address.
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the first OECD Skills Outlook 2013 on October 8, 2013. The initial results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) evaluate the skills of adults aged 16–65 in 24 countries. It provides insights into the availability of some of the key information-processing skills of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments and how they are used at work and at home. The full report and interactive tools are available at http://skills.oecd.org/skillsoutlook.html.
For the fifth year in a row, a House resolution designating the week of September 23-29, 2013 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week 2013 will be introduced by Representative Jared Polis (D-CO).
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), for the third year in a row, will introduce a bipartisan resolution that also recognizes this important honorary week. The resolutions raise awareness of the critical role adult education, English language services, and family literacy play in our country. In previous years, states and communities have established state and local resolutions to honor the importance and impact of adult education.