ERIC Number: ED448284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy Skills for 21st Century America: A Foundation for Creating a More Literate Nation.
DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
The first meeting of the National Literacy Summit 2000 convened 150 leaders from adult education and literacy and other related fields for a 2-day intensive working meeting to begin building a national consensus on how to move adult and family literacy forward in the 21st century. Comments and suggestions offered by summit participants were synthesized into this revised summit paper and a draft action agenda. The following are among the topics covered in the revised paper: progress in adult literacy since publication of the report "Jump Start"; literacy's importance to individuals, families, the economy, and communities; and literacy services, client populations, and investment in literacy education in the United States. The action agenda identified seven challenges facing literacy, including the following: (1) higher standards in K-12 education and the phasing out of remedial courses at institutions of higher education will put more pressure on the already-strained adult education system; (2) demographic changes are increasing the demand for adult education and literacy services, making access to services a critical issue; and (3) adults need more opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge needed to meet changing job demands and succeed in the workplace. (Contains 31 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Conferences, Cooperative Planning, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Enrollment Trends, Family Literacy, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Futures (of Society), Government School Relationship, High School Equivalency Programs, Immigrants, Integrated Curriculum, Intergenerational Programs, Learning Disabilities, Literacy Education, National Programs, National Standards, Needs Assessment, Older Adults, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, State of the Art Reviews, State Programs, Strategic Planning, Teacher Education, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Unions, Vocational Education, Workplace Literacy
For full text: http://www.nifl.gov/nifl/summit.html.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.; Time Warner Inc., New York, NY.; World Education, Inc., Boston, MA.
Authoring Institution: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.