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Adult Literacy Education Wiki
The ALE Wiki provides an online interactive forum for discussions and resource lists on a number of topics ranging from adult basic literacy, to assessment, workforce and workplace education, and public policy

Adult Literacy and Technology Network
ALTN provides leadership in the application and use of technology to enhance international adult literacy by means of conferences, training, technical assistance and communication media.

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education
AAACE provides leadership and continuing education opportunities for adult educators, hosts an annual conference, and publishes Adult Learning, a practitioner-oriented journal designed to foster best practices for adult and continuing education.

America’s Literacy Directory: A Service of the National Institute for Literacy and Partners
Enter your zip code, the type of literacy help you need, and the distance you are able to travel to a program to obtain a listing of programs near you. Note, this information may be not be current depending on your location.

Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers
AALPD is a national group for professional developers in adult literacy. It advocates for increased funding for professional development that supports the adoption and implementation of its policy recommendations on local, state, and national levels.

Center for Adult Language Acquisition
CAELA’s mission is to help states--particularly those that have recently begun serving adult English language learners-- build their capacity to improve the skills of teachers and administrators in adult English as a second language (ESL) programs. CAELA replaces the National Center for ESL Literacy Education (NCLE).

Center for Applied Linguistics
CAL is a private, nonprofit organization working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture.

Center for the Book
Congress established the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress by statute (P.L. 95-129) in 1977. Its purpose was to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to stimulate public interest in books and reading. Its mission now includes literacy and library promotion and encouraging the historical study of books, reading, and the printed word. The center’s audience includes readers and potential readers of all ages.

Center for Law and Social Policy
CLASP works to improve the lives of low-income people through cutting-edge research, on issues related to educational and workforce prospects and economic security, which provides policy analysis, advocates at the federal and state levels, and offers information and technical assistance on a range of family policy and equal justice issues for federal, state, and local policymakers; advocates; researchers; and the media.

Center for Literacy Studies
The mission of the Center for Literacy Studies, based at the University of Tennessee, is to support and advance literacy education across the lifespan.

Correctional Education Association
CEA is a leading professional association in juvenile justice and adult correctional education, both nationally and internationally, providing leadership, direction, and services to correctional educators and programs, and representing juvenile justice and adult correctional education to broader educational, political, and social agencies.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
CAEL is a national nonprofit organization which creates and manages effective learning strategies for working adults through partnerships with employers, higher education, the public sector and labor. In conjunction with the National Center for Higher Education Management, CAEL produces national and state-by-state profiles on adult learning.

Commision on Adult Basic Education
COABE is a US-based adult education association organized to advance national and international adult education literacy opportunities for all persons.

Education Resources Information Center
ERIC is the world’s largest digital library of education literature, providing indexing and abstracting services for educational periodicals and documents.

GED Testing Service
GED Testing Service, a program of the American Council on Education, develops, delivers, and safeguards the GED Tests. The GED Tests measure high school-level skills and knowledge. The GED credential offers adults a powerful second chance at attending college or pursuing a career.

Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy
The Goodling Institute provides national leadership that promotes the value of family literacy and supports program improvement through research and its application to practice and professional development. Housed within the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Education, the Institute works collaboratively with the College’s Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy and the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) Louisville, Kentucky.

Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy
Penn State’s College of Education established the Institute in 1985 as a vehicle for using the resources of a major land grant institution to address issues related to adult literacy. Our work has continued to focus on adults; however, it has expanded to include children within a family literacy context and adolescents facing literacy challenges. Since 2001, we also have worked collaboratively with the Goodling Institute for Research in Family Literacy.

International Reading Association
IRA is a global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. The Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
LDA provides a comprehensive resource list Adult Literacy Reading Programs For Literacy Providers.

National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs
NAASLN is an e-community association that offers members a centralized hub of information, professional development, technical assistance, communication on issues and trends, and advocacy initiatives on behalf of adults with special learning needs.

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
Although no longer in operation, NCSALL’s publications on adult learning are still available on-line. NCSALL was a federally funded research and development center focused on adult learning, which ended in 2007. It was a collaborative effort between the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and World Education, with the Center for Literacy Studies at The University of Tennessee, Rutgers University, and Portland State University as additional NCSALL’s partners.

National Center for Family Literacy
NCLF is based on the premise that when parents and children learn together, everyone benefits. NCLF works with a family literacy approach that offers whole families educational opportunities to improve literacy and life skills.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
NCELA collects, coordinates and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for ELLs and supports high quality networking among state-level administrators of Title III programs.

National Coalition for Literacy Advocacy Clearing House
This website is a one-stop collection of public policy advocacy resources designed to assist you in advocating for adult literacy at the federal level.

National College Transition Network
NCTN supports ABE staff, programs, and state agencies in establishing and strengthening ABE-to-college transition services through technical assistance, professional development, collegial sharing, advocacy and increased visibility for this critical sector of the adult basic education system. It is a project of World Education's New England Literacy Resource Center.

National Commission On Adult Literacy
Formed in 2006, this independent panel of labor and business leaders, government officials, and educators, including experts from the adult literacy arena examines and commissions reports on adult education and literacy services in America

National Council of State Directors of Adult Education
NCSDAE is the national professional association for adult education state directors. It maintains a nationwide communication network regarding national policy and legislative issues.

National Institute for Literacy
NIFL is an independent federal organization that provides information on congressional legislation affecting adult education, programs and services offered by NIFL, and access to NIFL publications on the website. The LINCS section of this site includes facts and statistics, teacher and student resources, and links regional programs.

OTAN: Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Educators
A California-based organization which provides workshops for adult education practitioners in CA focused on using the internet for ABE.

ProLiteracy helps build the capacity and quality of programs that teach adults to read, write, compute, use technology, and learn English as a new language.

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, serving in programs including volunteer/paid tutors or coordinators, AmeriCorps members, VISTA members, and service-learning students.

TESOL: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
TESOL is a US-based membership organization that supports the development and professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide. TESOL’s education section of its website includes a resource center, information on educational programming, mentoring opportunities, symposium and leadership development opportunities.

Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation invests in online resources, community-based initiatives, and national programs that teach nonreaders to read and advance the skills necessary for educational achievement and job success. Thinkfinity Literacy Network, a joint partnership with the National Center for Family Literacy and ProLiteracy, provides free online educational resources for adults and family literacy programs.

Voice of Adult Learners United to Educate
VALUE works with adult learner leaders, literacy professionals, and policy-makers to improve our nation’s education system and assist adult learners with low literacy skills reach their full potential.

World Education
World Education is dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, and economic and social development programs. World Education also works to strengthen literacy and adult basic education programs in the United States. Projects are designed to contribute to individual growth, as well as to community and national development.

The Working Poor Families Project
WPFP was launched in 2002 by national philanthropic leaders who saw the need to strengthen state policies affecting poor working families. The WPFP focuses on the states because many state policies and investments critically affect the lives of working families.


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