LCNV received multiple shout-outs at the National Summit on Adult Literacy on November 13th. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, this free inaugural event brought together more than 300 leaders, innovators and practitioners from across the country with the aim of fulfilling the founder’s vision. Several panels of subject matter experts delved into topics such as the crisis in adult literacy; an integrated service approach; what brain research tells us about adult learning; how current research informs best practices; and implications of digital tools for the future. As such, the day constituted excellent professional development. Eight LCNV staff traveled together in the early morning hours to The Reach, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. for this stellar event.
Highlights included remarks from Assistant Secretary Scott Stump from the U.S. Department of Education. Staff were surprised and delighted when during his remarks he mentioned his visit to LCNV’s Integrated Education and Training program at the Korean Community Service Center in April. Other shout-outs for LCNV occurred during the evening awards ceremony when LCNV’s active participation was credited with helping Team WorldEd win first prize in the Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition. The evening culminated with LCNV staff Xavier Munoz, Jordan Alexander, Soo Park, Amy Tristan and me joining Team World Ed leaders Jen Vanek, Silja Kallenbach, and Alison Ascher Webber; Cell-Ed’s president Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami; and Learning Upgrade’s CEO Vinod Lobo on stage for a photo-opportunity.
LCNV staff agreed that the day was incredibly worthwhile and that the Barbara Bush Foundation’s initiatives are indeed bringing the field of adult literacy closer to fulfilling their founder’s vision of “cultivating and supporting an evidence base that produces innovative and powerful approaches to solving our country’s literacy crisis.” For more information about the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, see https://www.barbarabush.org/.
For more information about the Adult Literacy Xprize Communities Competitions, see https://communities.xprize.org/prizes/communities.
For more information about Team WorldEd : https://edtech.worlded.org/team-worlded-xprize/.