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.
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 Office of Adult Education Program and Policy has provided due dates for its funded programs concerning data and funding submissions. Here are the dates for Employment Preparation Education (EPE) funded programs: AEPP Due Dates Chart and Budget Process EPE 2013-2014 and for those programs who do not receive EPE aid: AEPP Due Dates Chart and Budget Process non EPE 2013-2014