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Field Testing Cities Announced in the Adult Literacy XPRIZE

Posted on 07/27/2017

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The global leader in designing and operating world-changing incentive competitions, today announced eight semifinalist teams are advancing in the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for existing smart devices that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills among participating adult learners. Further, XPRIZE announced official partnerships with three major U.S. metropolitan areas – Los Angeles, Dallas and Philadelphia – to support the competition’s next field testing phase. These partnerships encompass a powerful consortium of city mayors, community-based organizations and public education institutions including the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), City of Philadelphia’s Office of Adult Education (OAE) and the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD).

“By participating as a partner in the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, L.A. Unified is changing the educational outcomes for our adult learners,” said L.A. Unified superintendent Michelle King. “Not only will our students have the opportunity to develop their literacy skills, but our district will gain valuable insight into the supports that best suit the needs of our adult learners. Literacy is essential to preparing our students for post-secondary studies, careers and civic participation in our community.”

Read more about the cities and app finalists on LAUCD DACE Web site.

Source: Adult and Career Education, A division of Los Angeles Unified School District Web site

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