Promote Adult Education and Family Literacy This (and Every) Week

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During National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (September 19–25), you have a chance to promote the many ways your library supports these important, mission-critical functions.

In addition to helping adults build their foundational skills, the National Coalition for Literacy aptly broadens adult education activities to include developing computer skills, studying to become a citizen, or gaining skills to find a job or start a career. It’s learning about health, money management, and how to support children’s learning.1 Libraries like yours are helping to close the gap.

With programs and resources to help adults acquire and enrich basic skills, public libraries can help community members prepare for jobs and open new doors in a safe and non-threatening environment.

Gale can be a valuable partner to your library in a shared mission to support education and career goals. The following resources can substantially help your adult learning community and their families:

Basic skill development and accredited high school diploma

Gale Presents: Peterson’s Test and Career Prep helps adults master basic reading, writing, and math skills with interactive tutorials and quizzes to teach reading comprehension, sentence skills, writing, and math. Whether patrons are English language learners, students, or adults looking to brush up on their skills, these tools help learners review fundamental concepts in a straightforward format.

Users can explore the full resources for help with standardized test preparation for high school equivalency, college entrance, career certification exams, and U.S. citizenship. Additionally, learners can get help researching and selecting college and graduate schools, finding tuition assistance, and exploring careers as well as advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing and networking, and so much more.

Gale Presents: Excel Adult High School offers a pathway to a brighter future for adults without a high school diploma. This accredited program is 100% online, self-paced, and can be completed in 12-18 months, or less by transferring previously earned high school and equivalency exam credits. Students are supported by highly qualified instructors, success coaches, tutors, and college and career counselors. Non-native English speakers can access translation tools to enhance comprehension. Your library can changes lives!

Upskilling for work and life

Gale Presents: Udemy can help learners embrace what comes next. With Udemy, patrons gain unlimited access to more than 10,500 continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, and personal development. World-class instructors teach courses—and nearly 5,000 are led by native speakers in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. Help learners get where they want to be at school, work, and life.

Gale Courses provides a virtual learning environment with more than 365 online, instructor-led courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. Like in-person classrooms, these courses include discussion groups to collaborate with peers and instructors. Courses are six weeks long, with two lessons released per week.

The importance of early literacy

Miss Humblebee’s Academy is an online preschool learning program that’s as challenging as it is fun. It offers a comprehensive, standards-based academic and social and emotional learning curriculum. Plus, it includes plenty of offline lessons and activities to reinforce and expand on learning concepts while limiting screen time. 

If you’d like to learn more about these vital adult education resources, visit our website or contact your public library consultant directly.

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