Adult Literacy Forums

Invest In Adult Literacy: A Forum Series

Hosted by Academy of Hope and Defeat Poverty DC with support from The Moriah Fund

Objective for the series:

Academy of Hope launched in 2012 a series of forums designed to highlight the connections between adult low literacy and many of the social challenges facing the District, including disconnected youth (January 2012), workforce development (April 2012), K-12 education (June 2012), and public health (September 2012). Our goal is to demonstrate how adult literacy is part of the solution and the many ways in which investing in adult literacy pays off for our city.

Past Forums

Re-Engaging Disconnected Youth, January 26, 2012

Featuring: Martha Ross, Brookings Institute. Lori Kaplan, Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). Lecester Johnson, Academy of Hope. Daniel Horgan, CapitalOne.  Representative from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education

View slide presentations from this forum here.


Adult Literacy and Workforce Development, April 17, 2012

Featuring: Marcie Weadon-Moreno Foster, Policy Analyst on Workforce Development team at CLASP.  Emily Price, LGSW Director, SOME Center for Employment Training.  Marina Streznewski, Executive Director, DC Jobs Council.  Special remarks from Emily Durso, Assistant Superintendant for Post Secondary Education and Workforce Readiness Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in the District of Columbia.

View slide presentations from this forum here.


When Parents Learn, Children Prosper – Connecting Adult Literacy and K-12 Education, June 21, 2012

Featuring: Kavitha Cardoza, Senior Reporter for WAMU 88.5 as Moderator.  Sarah Haight, Program Associate, The Aspen Institute.  Natalie Gordon, Principal at Jefferson Academy.  Christie McKay, Education Director, Mary’s Center.  Tom Raffa, President & Founder, RAFFA, P.C.  Brian Pick, Deputy Chief, Curriculum and Instruction at DC Public Schools, Office of the Chancellor.

View slide presentations from this forum here.


Low-literacy as a Public Health Issue, September 20, 2012

Featuring: Janelle Goetcheus, MD, Unity Health Care and Christ House.  Isabel van Isschot, La Clinica del Pueblo, as Moderator.  Wendy Mettger, MA, Mettger Communications.  Emily Monahan, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.  Janet A. Phoenix, MD, MPH, GWU Department of Health Policy. Special remarks from Dr. Linda Elam, DC Medicaid Director.

View slide presentations from this forum here.


For additional information on the series please contact: Patricia DeFerrari, patricia@aohdc.org or 202-269-6623

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