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According to a new fact sheet recently released by the National Skills Coalition (NSC), “The Business Case for UpskillingExternal link opens in new window or tab ,” “companies that invest in their workers’ skill building can see payoffs not only for the workers themselves, but for the business bottom line.” The publication highlights the NSC’s findings on service-sector workers who possess only limited literacy, numeracy, or digital problem-solving skills.

Among these findings, a majority (58 percent) of these service-sector workers have been with their employer for at least three years, with 39 percent recently pursuing additional education and training. According to the NSC, “companies can capitalize on their employees’ interest in upskilling by facilitating their participation in learning opportunities, including through reducing logistical and other barriers to participation.” Adult education stakeholders and providers are encouraged to visit the NSC website External link opens in new window or tab to access the entire fact sheet and to explore the coalition’s other activities and resources.

Source: OCTAE Connection External link opens in new window or tab, Issue 528, May 25, 2017

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CALPRO is pleased to announce two professional learning opportunities for educators and administrators serving adults with learning disabilities (LDs): our brand new self-directed course and a newly revised facilitated online course.

Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session I, Awareness for Adult Educators

Self-Directed Online Course Available NOW!

This is the first of two online courses from the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project (CALPRO) on designing literacy programs to be responsive to the needs of adults with learning disabilities. This first session is an awareness-raising session designed to help adult educators understand what learning disabilities are and recognize the characteristics and consequences of those disabilities in the learning environment, whether classroom-based, tutor-led, or technology-based distance learning. This self-directed and self-paced course is a prerequisite to Session II.
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Designing Programs for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Session II: Effective Instructional Strategies

Facilitated Online Course

In the second of the two online courses, this session assists you with becoming familiar with and practicing strategies for helping adults with learning disabilities succeed in your classes! Learn to select appropriate accommodations to meet diverse learning needs. This course presents an overview of various instructional approaches and helps you design one instructional activity using an LD-appropriate approach.

Dates: Jul. 11 – Aug. 07, 2017

Facilitator: Marie Doerner, San Diego Continuing Education
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The Adult Literacy XPRIZE is in the phase of testing literacy apps for adult learning across the U.S. in three cities: Dallas, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. They need your help to make this very important mission a success.

Become a Champion today to make a difference in the lives of nearly 36 million adult learners facing low-literacy. The Champions will amplify our outreach by actively recruiting learners and volunteers, as well as provide facilities or equipment for testing.

AMPLIFY - Community outreach to raise awareness about the adult literacy app roll-out

QUANTUM - Actively recruit adult learners and volunteers for adult literacy app roll-out

ASSETS - Share your facilities, equipment and facilitate testing to help onboard adult learners


The $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation is a competition challenging teams of developers (software, game and app), educators, engineers, and innovators to create mobile literacy learning applications for adult learners. The Finalist teams’ solutions must demonstrate that they can substantially improve the literacy proficiency of adults reading at or below a third-grade level within a 12-month period.

Following solution submissions in March 2017, a panel of independent judges will select 15 Semifinalists. Each Semifinalist team’s mobile software solution will then be tested with approximately 800 field participants for one year (Field Test). Field participants will be recruited across two demographics:

Native English language speakers 18-64 years old

Non-native English language speakers 18-64 years old

At the mid-point of the Field Test, five Finalists will be selected based on the performance of their solutions up to that point. Winners will be selected from this pool of five Finalists based on the gains in literacy skills among Field participants as measured by a pre- and post-test taken one year apart.

The Finalist solutions able to demonstrate gains in literacy skills among their Field participants will then be deployed in a Cities Competition in which Cities will compete to encourage the greatest percentage of their low-literate residents to download and use the solutions over a six-month period. The winning city will demonstrate the greatest percentage of application downloads and use among its low-literate residents.

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