Adult Education & Family Literacy Week 2015

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Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week is held each year in September. The purpose of this week is to raise public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assist adult learners in need of literacy services, leverage local resources, and support increased access to adult education and family literacy programs.

In 2015, Adult Education and Family Literacy Week was celebrated from Sept. 21-26. Academy of Hope, together with various local and regional partners, hosted a number of events in D.C.

Essay Contest

We received entries from around the city and crowned winners from Academy of Hope Adult Public Charter School, Briya PCS, SOME, The Family Place, and Carlos Rosario PCS!

On Monday, Sept. 21 from 6:30-8:30pm, Busboys and Poets hosted an event to celebrate the contest winners. After the winners accepted their prizes, AoH CEO Lecester Johnson moderated a panel discussion with Andy Shallal, Founder of Busboys and Poets; Councilmember Elissa Silverman (I-At Large); Rep. Franklin Garcia (Shadow-DC); Antoinette Mitchell, Assistant Superintendent for Postsecondary and Career Education in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE); and Alicia Sullivan, AoH Learner and Essay Contest Runner Up.

Group photo of panelists

Related Links

Breaking Ground: Yesterday’s Dropouts
This documentary from WAMU’s Special Correspondent, Kavitha Cardoza, explores the struggles adults face after they leave school without a diploma.

Second Chance Diploma – Examining the GED
Each year more than 700,000 people in the U.S. take the GED (General Education Development) test. Journalist Emily Hanford dives into the value of the GED test in this documentary produced by American RadioWorks.

Adult Literacy discussion on The Kojo Nnamdi Show
Academy of Hope’s Executive Director, Lecester Johnson, and WAMU’s Special Correspondent, Kavitha Cardoza, sat down with Kojo Nnamdi on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 to talk about adult literacy and its importance for the nation and our region. Listen to the recording here.

Partners for Adult Education & Family Literacy Week in DC include: 

Academy of Hope, Adult Literacy Resource Center of DCPLBriya PCSCarlos Rosario International PCS, Center for Applied LinguisticsCommunity Foundation of NCR, DC AppleseedGrassroots DCLVA (Literacy Volunteers & Advocates), Maya Angelou YALC, The Moriah FundNext Step PCSThe Family PlaceU.S. Dept. of Education – Office of Vocational & Adult Education (OVAE)OSSEPNC BankSOMESoutheast Ministry, Washington Literacy CenterYWCA-NCA.

We invite everyone to take advantage of AEFL week to learn more about and elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.

This commemoration is supported nationally by the National Coalition for Literacy, a national nonprofit that advances adult education, family literacy and Enligh language acquisition in the U.S.

Join the conversation on Twitter using #AEFLweek and #AdultEdu