National Literacy Research

ADULT LITERACY & TECHNOLOGY NETWORK

“The Adult Literacy & Technology Network is a national effort dedicated to finding solutions for using technology to enhance adult literacy.”

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ADULT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education aims to “provide leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives.”

AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION & GED TESTING SERVICE

“By fostering greater collaboration and new partnerships within and outside higher education, ACE helps colleges and universities anticipate and address the challenges of the 21st century and contribute to a stronger nation and a better world.”

THE CENTER FOR LITERACY STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

“The Center for Literacy Studies strengthens adult literacy education in order to equip adults with the knowledge and skills they need to be lifelong learners and effective members of their families, communities and workplaces.”

COMMISSION ON ADULT BASIC EDUCATION, INC. (COABE)

“The Commission on Adult Basic Education is organized to advance national and international adult education and literacy opportunities for all persons.”

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS FOR ADULT LEARNING (C-PAL)

“Community Partnerships for Adult Learning, sponsored by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, is about strengthening ties among businesses, libraries, colleges, national nonprofits, faith-based and community-based organizations, social services and workforce development agencies, federally funded state-run programs, and other providers to improve the accessibility of quality of adult education.”

COUNCIL FOR ADVANCEMENT OF ADULT LITERACY

“The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy is incorporated as a national public charity with 501(c)(3) status. Our broad mission is to help advance adult literacy in the United States. To this end, CAAL pursues an agenda of issues that bears critically on policy, practice, and planning, especially at the state and federal levels.”

INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF ADULT LITERACY & GOODLING INSTITUTE

The Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy at Penn State University aims “To advance the field of literacy through collaborative research, development, outreach, and leadership to improve practice, expanding access to high quality education and enriching the lives of individuals and families.”

INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION

“IRA was founded in 1956 as a professional organization for those involved in teaching reading to learners of all ages. Our members are dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.”

LEARNING DISABILITIES OF AMERICA, INC.

“Since 1963, LDA has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. At the national, state, and local levels, LDA provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make the Learning Disabilities Association of America the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.

NATIONAL ADULT LITERACY AND LEARNING DISABILITIES CENTER

Provides statistical data on literacy in the United States.

NATIONAL ADULT LITERACY AND LEARNING DISABILITIES CENTER

The National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center website “aims to provide a single point of access to information on learning disabilities issues important to adults with learning disabilities and their families, adult education teachers and tutors, Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, and One-Stop staff, and employers.”

NATIONAL ADULT LITERACY DATABASE (NALD)

“The National Adult Literacy Database Inc. (NALD) is a federally incorporated, non-profit service organization which fills the crucial need for a single-source, comprehensive, up-to-date and easily accessible database of adult literacy programs, resources, services and activities across Canada.” This site also contains methods for searching for literacy programs around the globe, including a full list of links for U.S. literacy organizations.

NATIONAL CENTER ON ADULT LITERACY

“NCAL’s mission incorporates three primary goals: to improve understanding of youth and adult learning, to foster innovation and increase effectiveness in youth and adult basic education and literacy work, and to expand access to information and build capacity for literacy and basic skills service provision.”

NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ADULT LEARNING AND LITERACY

“The National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) both informs and learns from practice. Its rigorous, high quality research increases knowledge and gives those teaching, managing, and setting policy in adult literacy education a sound basis for making decisions. NCSALL is also a leader in designing innovative professional development programs and in building support for research use.”

NATIONAL CENTER ON ADULT LITERACY/LITERACY.ORG

“NCAL’s mission incorporates three primary goals: to improve understanding of youth and adult learning, to foster innovation and increase effectiveness in youth and adult basic education and literacy work, and to expand access to information and build capacity for literacy and basic skills service provision.”

NATIONAL COALITION FOR LITERACY

“In 1981, 11 national organizations concerned about the low level of adult functional literacy founded the National Coalition for Literacy. Our purpose was to increase public awareness of the problem, answer questions and make referrals by establishing a tollfree telephone number, and raise funds to support these and related efforts.”

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LITERACY

“The National Institute for Literacy’s activities to strengthen literacy across the lifespan are authorized by the U.S. Congress under two laws, the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) in the Workforce Investment Act and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).”

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR LITERACY’S LINCS

The National Institute for Literacy’s database of literacy information.

PROLITERACY WORLDWIDE

“The merger of the world’s two largest adult volunteer literacy organizations is complete and Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. have become ProLiteracy Worldwide. ProLiteracy Worldwide is represented in 45 developing countries as well as in the U.S. and serves more than 350,000 adult new learners around the world each year. Its purpose is to sponsor educational programs and services to empower adults and their families by assisting them to acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives and participate in the transformation of their societies. Its publishing division, New Readers Press, produces and distributes approximately 500 titles of adult educational books and materials to literacy organizations, schools, libraries, and other institutions nationwide. New Readers Press also publishes News for You, a weekly newspaper for adult new readers, which is read by 90,000 adult learners.”

SCALE STUDENT COALITION FOR ACTION IN LITERACY EDUCATION

“SCALE supports campus-based literacy programs locally, statewide, and nationally through our Literacy Action Networks. In these programs, college students serve as literacy tutors or teachers in their community.”

TESOL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

TESOL’s mission is to “ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages.” They internationally organize efforts to improve interaction between highly diverse learners by supporting language learning and intercultural communication skills.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The United States Department of Education promotes educational excellence amongst all Americans by “establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds, collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key educational issues, prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.”

U.S. OFFICE OF VOCATIONAL AND ADULT EDUCATION

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education branch of the U.S. Department of Education provides “information, research, and resources to help prepare young people and adults for postsecondary education, successful careers, and productive lives.”

VOICE FOR ADULT LITERACY UNITED FOR EDUCATION (VALUE)

“VALUE’s mission is to strengthen adult literacy efforts in the United States through learner involvement and leadership.”

WE LEARN

“Mission: WE LEARN (Women Expanding / Literacy Education Action Resource Network) promotes women’s literacy as a tool for education and transformation.” There are lots of literacy resources and links on this website.