[AAACE-NLA] Week Three Discussion Update: Reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act
Jackie A. Taylor
jackie at jataylor.net
Tue Aug 3 10:06:19 EDT 2010
Dear AAACE-NLA Colleagues,
This is the third week of a 3-week blog discussion of Reauthorizing the
Workforce Investment Act-what is a priority for you? Thanks to all for the
thoughtful responses and comments!
Remember, comments will go to Hill staffs during National Adult Education
and Family Literacy Week (Sept 13-19, 2010). Now is a good time to review
the discussions-to-date, contribute your perspective, and plan to contribute
to remaining topics.
Today's featured article is by Jeff Carter of ProLiteracy, on funding
programs of sufficient intensity and duration-recognizing that programs
providing individual instruction may provide fewer hours than programs
providing group instruction: http://blog.ncladvocacy.org
<http://blog.ncladvocacy.org/> . This priority has made it second from the
top in our straw poll located in the right navigation (followed closely by
establishing an independent Center and increasing state leadership to a
minimum of 15%).
See below for the schedule, links to existing featured articles, and
scheduled release dates of future articles. Is your perspective represented
in the conversations linked below? If not, make your voice heard today.
* Contribute to any of the recently featured articles; they are open
for comment and our guests are available to respond.
* Vote on the top three priorities of your choice and see live
* Follow @NCLAdvocacy <http://twitter.com/NCLAdvocacy> and #WIA on
Twitter for updates and adult literacy facts. Retweet @NCLAdvocacy messages
to elevate adult education issues with your followers (and with theirs, if
they pass it on).
* Share this update with colleagues who you think have something to
Looking forward to seeing you online.Jackie
National Coalition for Literacy
Public Policy Co-Chair
NCL/Dollar General Technology Coordinator
<mailto:jackie at jataylor.net> jackie at jataylor.net
NCL WIA Reauthorization Priority (In no particular order):
Authorize Annual Appropriations for Adult Ed of $1 Billion or More
Art Ellison discusses the need for adult literacy advocacy and the single
challenge we face in advocating for funding: "As President Jed Bartlett said
"those who show up make the decisions." We need many more people showing up
in order to get us to a $1 billion federal appropriation."
Amend State Grant Formula to Include ELLs with HS Diploma or Equivalent
John Segota discusses the significance of 11+ million adult English learners
being left out of the funding formula that determines federal funding for
states. These learners have a HS diploma or equivalent, but are not included
in the calculations.
Fund and Improve the Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning
Heidi Silver-Pacuilla will discuss the critical need to improve the use of
technology for teaching and learning
Align Title I and II Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield discusses why we need to do
better at aligning Title I/II for adult learners:
Strengthen Direct and Equitable Provisions of the Law Join Jeff Carter to
discuss issues pertaining to direct and equitable access to federal funds
for providing adult education services. Share your experiences and explore
recommendations for strengthening these provisions.
Increase State Leadership from 12.5% to a Minimum of 15% Andy Nash discusses
why state leadership should change from a ceiling of 12.5% to a floor of
Fund a Review of, and Update, the National Reporting System Peggy McGuire
shares why NRS reform is important to move forward regardless of whether we
see WIA reauthorization this year
Authorize and Codify EL/Civics John Segota discusses why it is important to
put legislative backing behind the EL/Civics program, and what could happen
if we don't. http://blog.ncladvocacy.org/2010/07/authorize-codify-el-civics/
Eliminate the Current Incentive Grant Program/Allow Funds to be Added to
Formula Grants for States Art Ellison explains how adult education programs
often do not benefit from the way the incentive grant program is currently
structured and how we could benefit ($10M/year) if this were changed.
Establish Independent National Center for Adult Education, Literacy, and
Workforce Skills Nickie Askov explains how this independent Center would
fill a research void in our field, as well as addressing other important
Fund Research and Development Projects Jackie Taylor underscores the
importance of research for adult education and invites input on how we
should continue to advance this priority.
Fund programs of sufficient intensity and duration for participants to
achieve substantial learning gains, recognizing that programs providing
individual instruction may provide fewer hours than programs employing group
instruction. Jeff Carter discusses why intensity and duration differs for
programs providing individual versus group instruction and should thus be
recognized in legislation as fundable.
Create a Separate Funding Stream in Title I for Operating One-Stops
Use Consistent Definitions of Adult Ed and Allowable Activities in Title
What are YOUR Priorities?
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