By Kathleen O’Connell and Sally Waldron In recognition of Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, we now turn our attention to the working conditions of adult education teachers and the economic challenge of staying in the field. We could just as easily look at the working conditions of advisors or counselors, many of whom face … Continue reading Making a Living in Adult Education? Working Conditions in the Field
Widespread and growing economic inequality is now a broadly acknowledged fact of life in the U.S. Adult education has a role to play in opening opportunities for low-income people to gain the education and training needed to access employment opportunities that pay a living wage. Nearly 30% of adults with household incomes at or below … Continue reading Support Adult Learners: Fight Income Inequality
Extreme inequality in terms of wealth and income is barely news anymore. CEO pay has skyrocketed over the past 30 years while workers’ incomes have stagnated or decreased. A report from last April states that the world’s “richest 64 individuals control as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people combined.” Five years ago, the occupy movement exploded … Continue reading Exploring Economic Inequality with The Change Agent
“America’s economy and the structure of the job market have changed significantly over the past couple decades in ways that have hurt working poor families. For low-income workers, real wages have fallen, the social safety net is fraying, and staying afloat financially is harder than ever. Economic inequality is at levels not seen since just … Continue reading Adult Education and Economic Inequality
By Edward Latham Since February, 2016, I have tried an experiment that brings together US-born and immigrant residents of my rural community in Milbridge, in Downeast Maine. As I believe that libraries should be community hubs, I approached my local library to learn about their vision and goals as well as the librarian’s perception of … Continue reading Creating a Welcoming Community through Social Gaming in a Library
The National Welcoming Week, September 16-25, is a time to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, colleagues, and classmates, values like hard work and resiliency. It’s a time to build bridges across differences by sharing our stories. Stories of resilience and overcoming obstacles, for example, can build bonds between immigrant and U.S.-born adults. … Continue reading Let’s Celebrate the National Welcoming Week!
June is a good time to reflect on the school year that is coming to a close. As I look over course evaluations and prepare reports, one thing that strikes me each year is how fortunate we are to have such excellent facilitators for our online professional development courses. Course participants have commented over and … Continue reading Three Cheers for the E-Learning PD Online Course Facilitators!
World Education is proud to announce that at the annual Network Conference on Friday, May 12, 2016, the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education honored Carey Reid with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Carey was co-nominated by World Education’s SABES PD Coordination Center Director, Luanne Teller, and Lori D’Alleva, Director of Education at the Charlestown Adult Education Program. … Continue reading Carey Reid is Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award
May 3 is Teacher Appreciation Day. Over the past few years we have highlighted outstanding teachers with whom World Education has worked. This year we would like to acknowledge a person who is not presently a teacher but who has been hiring, training and supporting teachers as Providence Library’s Education Director and as Director of … Continue reading In Appreciation: Recognizing Karisa Tashjian for National Teacher Appreciation Day
Even though my schedule was pretty much maxed out, I decided to make time for the Helping Students Stay course. Our program had a number of students, more than we were comfortable with, who didn’t make it past the twelve hour mark. What was going on? What I found out when I took the course … Continue reading Applying the Helping Students Stay Course in the Classroom