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Adult Literacy Resource Centers - Supporting Adult Literacy Efforts

Posted: February 4, 2011     Nancy J Conrad
Boston Adult Literacy Initiative Boston The Boston Adult Literacy Initiative (ALI) consists of Boston adult education providers that receive funding from the Massachusetts Department of Education and/or the city of Boston to provide adult education services. ALI member organizations work closely with other adult educators and community-based organizations through neighborhood coalitions to provide a comprehensive system of adult education services for the city of Boston.

Note:  The Dorchester Adult Literacy Coalition consists of nine members, one of which is in Upham's Corner - St. Mary's Women & Children's Center.

Dudley Literacy Center (BPL) Boston The Dudley Literacy Center promotes literacy as a continuing social process by providing non-print and book collections, a computer lab, and a full range of programs designed to serve the adult literacy population.  Literacy Services continues to expand our collection of adult and family literacy books and other materials (online databases, audio and video tapes, DVD and CD ROMs) to support the educational, informational, and career goals of literacy patrons.

First Literacy Greater Boston First Literacy's vision is literacy for all - publicly financed high school credentials and functional English skills for all people, regardless of their ages. Literacy is a social good, and its ultimate provision must come from public funds. First Literacy will then use its funds and skills to improve basic education.

Participatory education creates a learning environment where students are encouraged to take an active role in their class and where teachers use meaningful content that reflects the life experience, needs, and goals of the learners. Participatory education produces real, measurable educational gains. It does this in a way that changes how adults see themselves as potential learners and leaders:
  • Participatory education develops leadership skills and team work
  • Participatory education encourages adults to become life-long learners.
Adult Literacy Resource Institute Greater Boston The Adult Literacy Resource Institute (ALRI) is a program and staff development center for adult literacy / basic education and English for speakers of other languages programs in the Greater Boston area.

We are part of the Graduate College of Education at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Education, and the Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community Services in Boston, it is one of five regional support centers of the Massachusetts System for Adult Basic Education Support, SABES.

Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts Mass Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM) is about bringing people together to make a real difference. LVM trains volunteers who provide free, confidential and individualized tutoring to adults in basic literacy and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). With improved literacy skills and the confidence that comes with them, adults are able to pursue a better life and a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

National Center for Family Literacy National We are the National Center for Family Literacy, and since 1989, we have helped more than 1 million families make educational and economic progress by pioneering - and continuously improving - family literacy programs.  Our emphasis is on family literacy for a simple reason - study after study shows that family, home and community are the true drivers of a child's education.

Literacy is essential to success in today's economy, now more than ever. The family literacy approach harnesses the strength of parent-child bonds to help those who are most at risk of failing economically, emotionally and socially. We build success by strengthening their confidence, increasing their ability and broadening their outlook. The results have an impact on a personal level as well as a national one.  Put simply, family literacy works. We all benefit.

American Council on Eduction - Center for Lifelong Learning
National From its first programs for returning World War II veterans, ACE's Center for Lifelong Learning (CLLL) has led the national movement to recognize and promote adult learner programs in higher education.

A national leader in shaping policies, practices, and perceptions about continuous learning, the Center's commitment to adult learners includes programs, services, tools, and research to help bridge the gaps in serving diverse learners, alleviating workforce shortages, and meeting professional education demands in order to support access to and success in postsecondary education.

Literacy.org
National & International Literacy.org is centered at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education and is comprised of NCAL (National Center for Adult Literacy)  and ILI (International Literacy Institute).

Originally established as the Literacy Research Center in 1983, the National Center for Adult Literacy (NCAL) has been engaged for nearly three decades in cutting edge and high-impact research, innovation, and training in adult education and technology, as well as in other areas of adult basic education and literacy.

We specialize in assessment, intergenerational literacy, multi-disciplinary approaches, educational technology, professional development, and multimedia instructional design. The International Literacy Institute (ILI), established by UNESCO and the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, provides leadership in research, development, and training in the broad field of international literacy and educational development, with an emphasis on developing countries. Literacy.org is an important resource for research and development on literacy in the U.S. and worldwide.


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