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Region 7 and Public Policy Chair (2012–2015)



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Adult Education Professionals, State Associations, and Directors—Share Your Stories for National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week!

The week of September 22–26, 2014 is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.  The Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) would like your assistance in making this an outstanding year for celebration of our students’ successes and to help increase the awareness of the need for the services our field provides.

We would like to highlight student successes from every region of the country.  We are looking to showcase students who together with their teachers and sponsoring programs have overcome barriers and obstacles to achieve success. Because of the variety of services adult educators provide and the diversity of needs as well as diversity of the population we serve, we want to be mindful to represent a complete picture of adult education nationwide.  We can’t do this as effectively without your help. Click here for more information.


National Public Policy Activities

COABE's Public Policy Committee has been active on behalf of the field by engaging in the following activities:

• Feedback was submitted on behalf of COABE for the Secretary of Education's request for formal comments on proposed discretionary grant priorities. Read the letter here.

• An Action Alert was sent to the Contact Network asking for program leaders and state organizations to thank the legislators who voted for WIOA.

• Information about new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Vice President's Job-Driven Training Report along with links to stay informed including the Department of Labor's and Education's WIOA web and email resources was posted on the COABE website here.

Don't forget that National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week is coming up the September 22nd - 27th, 2014. NAEFL Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness about adult education. Take advantage of the new WIOA legislation to educate your policymakers at the local, state and national level.

PIAAC, Comparing Basic Skills and Competencies of Adults Around the World

imgThe Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a household study that has been developed under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In the United States, the study was conducted in 2011-2012 with a nationally representative sample of 5,000 adults between the ages of 16 and 65. Similar samples of adults were surveyed in each of the 24 other participating countries. The goal of PIAAC is to assess and compare the basic skills and the broad range of competencies of adults around the world. The assessment focuses on cognitive and workplace skills needed for successful participation in 21st-century society and the global economy. Specifically, PIAAC measures relationships between individuals' educational background, workplace experiences and skills, occupational attainment, use of information and communications technology, and cognitive skills in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving. 

PIAAC builds on knowledge and experiences gained from previous international adult assessments - the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and the Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALL). PIAAC enhances and expands on these previous assessments' frameworks and, at the same time, improves upon their design and methodologies.

Interested in more details? Learn more here.






Dear COABE Contact Network, State Leaders,

Each year we celebrate National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week during September. AEFL Week is designated annually by one or more resolutions in Congress. Two resolutions are moving forward this week to designate September 22-28, 2014, as National AEFL Week.

This month, Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) will introduce, for the sixth year in a row, a House resolution designating the week of September 22-28, 2014 as National Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL) Week!

In addition, for the fourth year in a row, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will introduce a Senate resolution that also recognizes this important honorary week.

While we do not need a minimum of sponsors for the resolutions to move forward, we want it to look very favorable to our issue by having many co-signers. It's up to those of us who have connections with one or more Members of Congress to reach out and invite these legislators to sign on in support.

Coming on the heels of the near-unanimous passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), this year's AEFL week will not only celebrate the critical role that adult education, English language services, and family literacy plays in our country, but the opportunities that lie ahead in the implementation of WIOA. WIOA calls for a strengthening of our adult education programs so that learners can both improve their literacy and prepare for postsecondary education and employment.

COABE is suggesting you contact your Members of Congress in both the House and Senate by phone or via email, inviting them to sign the resolution in support of National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week 2014.

Find your Member's contact information below:


To support this resolution, interested Members of Congress should contact the Congressional staffers listed below.
House offices should contact Allie Kimmel with Representative Jared Polis (D-CO) to sign on in support by September 15, 2014.

Senate offices should contact either Ariel Evans with Senator Patty Murray's office to sing on in support by September 16, 2014.

If you reside in Congressman Polis' district or in the state of Washington or Tennessee, please reach out to Congressman Polis, Senator Murray, or Senator Alexander (where appropriate) to thank them for supporting this important cause.

Thank you,

Jackie Taylor, President
Regina Suitt, Public Policy Chair
Commission on Adult Basic Education


Public Policy Update: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) 

Dear Workforce Stakeholder:

Thank you joining the call last week regarding the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and the Vice President's Job-Driven Training Report. We value the tremendous interest in the field and the opportunity to remain engaged with you as we implement the law and administrative actions outlined in the report. Listed below are the Department of Labor's and Education’s WIOA web and email resources. We hope that you visit the sites and email us with comments and suggestions. Also listed is the White House landing page for a link to the Job-Driven Training Report, videos, and related resources.

WIOA Resource Page www.doleta.gov/WIOA
Questions regarding WIOA implementation can be submitted to DOL staff atDOL.WIOA@dol.gov

The Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) WIOA Resource Page http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/wioa-reauthorization.html
Questions regarding WIOA implementation can be submitted to OCTAE staff atAskAEFLA@ed.gov.

The Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration WIOA Resource Page http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa-reauthorization.html

Job-Driven Training Report and Resources

Again, thank you for joining call. We look forward to working with you over the coming months.

Jeremy Bishop
Special Assistant to the Secretary 
Office of Public Engagement
US Department of Labor