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.
On July 31st, 25 adults participated in the 2013 GED® Graduation ceremony at the West Irondequoit High School Auditorium. These adult students recently completed classroom instruction to gain the skills necessary to receive a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma.
Overall, 67 adults successfully completed the program and 25 were able to participate in the graduation ceremony. Congratulations to all!
The guest speaker was Bishop Willie F. Davis, Jr., International presiding prelate and Bishop of the Great Commission Worldwide Fellowship of Churches and Ministries International, and the assistant to the President & CEO of FIGHT Village in Rochester. Willie has opened up classrooms at FIGHT Village in order to serve his community and prepare students for their diploma initially, and training or college as the next step to becoming self-sufficient citizens.
The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a household study that has been developed under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the United States, the study was conducted in 2011-2012 with a nationally representative sample of 5,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 65. Similar samples of adults were surveyed in each of the 24 other participating countries. The goal of PIAAC is to assess and compare the basic skills and the broad range of competencies of adults around the world.
The New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) held its 62nd Annual Teacher Recognition Ceremony at its conference on May 6, 2013.
Mary Lou Brown, Greece Community Education; Joan Graves, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center; and Sue Stobie, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES were among 12 teachers recognized for the outstanding contributions they make to the field of adult education. They represent the hundreds of dedicated colleagues throughout our state who make a difference to their adult learners and their communities.
Teachers and administrators from nine adult literacy programs in this region have been participating in the Adult Numeracy Instruction – Professional Development training (ANI-PD). Offered by the Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS), this is an intensive evidence-based program in effective numeracy instruction for adults.