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August, 2004

small lineFamily Literacy Certificate, August 4, 2004
small lineRace to the GED, August 4, 2004 

small lineNational Training Institute- 2004 Invitation, August 13, 2004


Family Literacy Certificate
August 4, 2004

Penn State has developed online courses for a Certificate in Family Literacy.  If you have practitioners who might be interested, please forward this announcement of fall registration.

”Fall registration is now open for the online courses in Penn State's Certificate in Family Literacy (see <>).  You may select individual courses or the entire Certificate.  We are receiving many excellent comments about the quality of our courses from our students! 

This fall we are offering the Introduction to Family Literacy (ADTED 497A) and Adult Literacy (ADTED 497B).  You can view samples (including syllabi) from these courses at: <> and
<>. Introduction to Adult Education (ADTED 460) is offered every semester; you can see the syllabus online

Classes begin with an orientation on Sept. 1; course content begins on Sept. 8.

If you want to get a taste of what it is like to be an online student, try this free World Campus course: <>.

Please email Nickie Askov ( if you have any questions.
We hope that you will join us!  Nickie Askov, Penn State”

Race to the GED
August 4, 2004 

Virginia’s “Race to GED” Campaign has reached a new level.  On June 26, Peyton Sellers made his ARCA debut in the RACE to GED car in the ARCA/REMAX 200 that was broadcast live on the Speed Channel from South Boston, VA raceway.  On August 14 he will be running in the ARCA race in Nashville which will be aired nationwide, also. 

In the picture below are Stacey Wright, the Regional Program Manager who is the lead local manager in the initiative along with driver Peyton Sellers and his Race to GED car.   As the Democrats and Republicans both are targeting their marketing at race car fans, GED is in good company.

Congratulations to Yvonne Thayer and her Virginia pit crew for a creative campaign.  

Keep up the good work.  Let me know when we can help.

National Training Institute 2004- Invitation
August 13, 2004

We would like to invite you to join your colleagues at the Adult Education State Directors’ National Training Institute-2004. 

Planning Agenda:  The online planning agenda is at 

Registration:  The online registration form can be completed and submitted at 

Reimbursement:  The Consortium will reimburse room and board (For up to three nights) for one  person from each member state.  Others may attend at the state’s expense. 

This institute is designed by Adult Education State Directors for State Directors and their staff members.  The major themes of this year’s Institute include:

1.  State Plan Strategies and Options

  • Before the federal legislation changes, while your head is still clear, now is the time to lay out your strategies and plans for
    • assessing your state’s learner and program needs,
    • organizing and presenting that data,
    • enticing and engaging partners to contribute to the planning process,
    • plotting multi-year program improvement initiatives based on your priority needs, and
    • setting benchmarks to monitor progress.
  • Experienced colleagues will share their resources.
  • Work sessions will help you evaluate those options and create your own sequence of events.

2.  Performance Standards:

  • You will learn about and receive copies of successful strategies for meeting two challenging performance standards.  In addition, each session will provide you time and assistance to develop options to integrate the strategies that fit your state.
  • The two performance standards you can choose from are:
    • Transition to post-secondary education, OR
    • GED completion

3.  Policy and Programming Strategies:

  • You will learn about and received copies of successful strategies for critically underdeveloped programming areas.  These sessions will also provide you time and assistance to consider the strategies and develop alternatives for your own initiatives.
  • Your choices include:
    • Financial literacy—integrating strategies into your instructional program enabling your students to manage their family’s funds
    • Health literacy—integrating strategies into your instructional program enabling your students to ensure their family’s wellness
    • Learning disabilities—to follow up on the OVAE training in 2003, assistance in overcoming barriers to LD policies and programming
    • Distance Professional Development—existing CD, video, and online PD resources that you can adapt for your practitioners.

4.  The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

  • In the summer of 2005, the NAAL 2000 results will be released.  State Directors need to be ready to respond to inquiries from policy makers and the press regarding the interpretation and implications of those findings.  This session will prepare you for that potentially high visibility opportunity.

We look forward to seeing you in the heart of the French Quarter of historic New Orleans. 


Contact us: Dr. Lennox McLendon, Executive Director; 444 North Capitol Street, NW; Suite 422; Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-624-5250; Fax: 202-624-1497; Email:

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