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Resources in Adult Education

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We'll use this page to describe resources/agencies specifically designed for adult education, both nationally and in Colorado.

Choose one resource from the given acronyms. Choose one you aren't familiar with to extend your knowledge base. 'Claim' your resource by putting your name in the last column. First come, first served! If you have a resource that isn't listed, add one of your own in one of the blank rows.


Your task is to complete a row of the table. (One is done for you.)

  • give the full name of the organization
  • give the URL (use the Add Link icon of the Easy Edit Toolbar above). It has a little chain link icon next to it.
  • add other contact information
  • summarize what the resource offers in 50 words or fewer.
  • Remember to put your name in the last column.


Please add any other resources for adult education that you know or can find.

Acronym Full name of resource
URL (live link)
Other contact information
Your name
NCSALL National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy http://www.ncsall.net/index.php?id=17  
"Dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma."
Federal funding for this program ended in 2007; however, research information, Focus on Basics, and training & teaching resources are still available on the website.
 Janet Sciortino
National Center for Family Literacy  www.famlit.org   
  • Est in 1989 they promote programs based on research demonstrating that "family, home and community drive a child's education."
  • Promote literacy through combined inititaves and campaigns with community partners.
  • On-line access for everyone including families and instructors with excellent literacy resources and activities.
  • Not a brick and mortar facility for classes in CO.  
 Paige Wenzivsky
 Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning www-tcall.tamu.edu 
  • Barbara Bush supported initiative with Texas A and M to provide literacy resources and training.
  • Provides numerous resources for instructors though web based publications and resource links.
  • Excellent on-line resources for adult learners working on GED or ABE skills. 
  • Printable resources that can be used in a classroom environment.
  • Has one-on-one facilities in TX only
Paige Wenzivsky 
Adult Education Quarterly
This is a scholarly journal. Its mision is stated as "committed to advancing the understanding and practice of adult and continuing education." The publications provides articles  on research reports, critical reviews of ault education,theoretical analysis, book reviews, etc. The audience is for researchers, students, teachers, trainers, organization developers, etc. It's published in association with American Association for Adult and Continuing Education.
 Tiffany Fowler
National Center for Education Statistics






http://nces.ed.gov/naal/prison_lit.asp "Literacy Behind Prison Walls"


"the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations...

  • Addressing high priority education data needs;
  • Providing consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends; and
  • Reporting timely, useful, and high quality data to education policymakers and data users"

Tracesea Slater

Pam Hertzog added the links for prison educators

 Education Policy Analysis Archives
 Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Arizona State University
PO Box 870211
Tempe AZ 85287-0211
 Deals with the intersection of education and policy issues. It is a peer based, reviewed, international and multilingual, journal for a researchers, practicers, and policy makers. 
 Stacy Fernandez
 The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education


Chetwynd House,

21 De Montfort Street,

Leicester, LE1 7GE, UK

Tel. +44 (0) 116-204-4200/4201

 The NIACE advocates for adult learners in England and Wales. This group's function is to promote educational interests and encourage adult learning. They accomplish this through various means, ranging from political advocacy to publishing literature and hosting high-profile events, such as "Adult Learners' Week".
Rebecca Stieb
ABLE  The Association for Better Living and Education International
 ABLE International
7065 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 960-3530
Fax: (323) 960-3537
Email:email address for ABLE Int

ABLE's mission is to rid the world of its most devastating social ills—drugs, crime, illiteracy and immorality—through the social betterment methods and principles of author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.

Research has shown links between education failure, substance abuse, moral decay and crime. To address the interrelated nature of these social problems, ABLE and the organizations under its umbrella offer:

• Substance abuse treatment and prevention services
• Ex-offender re-entry and mentoring programs
• Character and common sense morals education
• Community and family literacy
• Teacher training and professional development

Randy Funk 
Outreach and Technical Assistance Network for Adult Education   http://www.otan.us/index.cfm?fuseaction=about&catid=10829


David P. Meaney Education Center

Sacramento Office of Education

10474 Mather Blvd.

Sacramento, CA


P. O. Box 269003, Sacramento, CA





 OTAN is a user-friendly California site offering a wealth of information about integrating technology into adult education. Its goals include collecting and sharing information about "Electronic Collaboration, Instructional Technology, and Distance Learning."  Available at this site: technology resources, research reports, grant applications, how-to videos, literacy tools, and more.
Susan Truitt
NCL National Coalition for Literacy






 Questions? Contact NCL at ncl@ncladvocacy.org, fax (1-866-738-3757), or mail (National Coalition for Literacy, PO Box 2932, Washington, DC 20013-2932).

The Role of the National Coalition for Literacy is a national organization dedicated to advance public policy and advocacy issues, raise awareness of adult education and literacy and work with public adult education interest groups.  NCL also examines legislative proposals and policies and works with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) on their decisions related to the agencies that have a part of Adult Education and Literacy.

Renae Kubitz
CAEPA Colorado Adult Education Professional Association

Assistant to the Board of Directors:

Ann Leonard



CAEPA "provides a context for ongoing professional dialogue and sharing in Adult Education, focused in its annual Rendezvous Conference, as well as a venue for advocacy, networking, lobbying, research and programming, resources, policy development, and coordination with the Colorado Department of Education and other public agencies." Marsha Collins

Literacy Information and Communication System



  According to their home page, “LINCS is a national dissemination and professional development system, providing information on literacy research, practice, and resources.”   There are several pages of literacy information from K- Adult such as publications and news links.  There are several links about adult education, the workforce, and post-secondary education. It is a very informative site.   Sandy McKelvey 

Colorado Department of Education/Adult Education and Family Literacy (AEFL)








201 East Colfax Ave.Denver, CO80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793

Hours: Mon - Fri
8a.m. to 5p.m




This is a one-stop-find-everything-you-need page on Colorado and Adult Education.  There are many links divided by categories on adult education and family literacy.  A must have bookmark page for all involved in adult education and literacy in Colorado.

Sandy McKelvey 
COABE Commission on Adult Basic Education
  A national organization whose mission is to promote adult education and literacy programs, including Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Family Literacy, Skills Development, Workforce Development, and other state, federal, and private programs which assist undereducated and/or disadvantaged adults to function effectively. The organization holds regional conferences and resources such as its journal providing insightful research in the field of adult education. Colorado is located in region 7.   Katherine Buranapiyawong
CoTESOL Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages
  Questions may be addressed to Larry R. Fisher, Executive Secretary, at (303) 735-4234, or e-mail  fisherl@colorado.edu

CoTESOL is the largest ESL organization in the Rocky Mountain region.  It is a dynamic, growing organization of educators involved in various aspects of second language learning and bilingual education. Members include instructors, program administrators, students, researchers, and volunteers.  They work with all ages and ethnic groups. CoTESOL is a non-profit organization.


Jeannie Conway
Office of Vocational and Adult Education


home website



lists types of grants given to OVAE



OVAE Connections is a weekly electronic newsletter informing those interested in Adult EDucational and Vocational services.


Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-7100

Street Address for Visitors:
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Vocational and Adult Education
11th Floor
550 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20202-7100

Email: ovae@ed.gov

(202) 245-7700
Fax: (202) 245-7838

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education, OVAE, is a subsidiaryof the United States Department of Education. OVAE helps developing, planning and coordinating Adult Education and Literacy Programs, Rural Education, Career and Technical Education and Community Colleges. The OVAE is responsible for overseeing policy, quality and excellence of these programs. Jamie Darien 
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition

A national organization funded by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), U.S. Department of Education. It's mission is to help states advance their initiatives to promote English language learning and the academic achievement associated with that goal.  The website provides a number of valuable resources including research reviews in the area of ESL and literacy, ESL teaching resources, and funding resources for state program leaders. Katherine Buranapiyawong
CEA  Correctional Education Association 

professional organization for educators who teach in a prison setting



  organization for instructors and their journal for members  Pam Hertzog 


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