Welcome to the Literacy Assistance Center!
The Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) is a non-profit professional development and technical assistance organization dedicated to building the capacity and improving the quality of adult literacy and out-of-school youth programs. Since 1983, we have been working to strengthen and expand the Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Equivalency (HSE), and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers and programs that serve New York’s most educationally disadvantaged and economically marginalized communities. Read More About the LAC
LAC in the News
A Call for Rigor in Adult Ed
by Robert Sheppard TESOL Blog
November 9, 2015
Last Saturday I took part in a welcome new addition to the conference circuit: Meeting Challenges, Exploring Solutions in the Adult ESL Classroom, presented by The New School and the Literacy Assistance Center. Set amid East Village foliage, catered with New York bagels like only New York can make New York bagels, intermingled with music by the Mannes School, and packed full of relevant sessions, it was a Saturday well spent.
The plenary was delivered by Betsy Parrish, author of Teaching Adult ESL, and at the heart of her address was a call for rigor in adult ESL. Taken on its own, such an appeal seems uncontroversial and even commonsense. But at a time when so many are so vocally railing against the new standards we find ourselves grappling with, for Parrish to make this case becomes something of a statement. But hers is a statement grounded in reason and research. Read more...
Conceptual Understanding in Instruction: It Really Works!
By Molley Bruce, Hennepin Cty. Corrections Instructor
October 27, 2015
LAC & New School Announce Meeting Challenges, Exploring Solutions in the Adult ESOL Classroom Conference
September 8, 2015
This is a one-day conference hosted by The New School in partnership with the Literacy Assistance Center to provide English language teaching professionals with a space to learn from one another, share ideas, and network. Both The New School and the Literacy Assistance Center have a long tradition of excellence in the training of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. The day will consist of a plenary by a leading researcher in the field, followed by hands-on workshops to support classroom practice. There will also be panel debates exploring current challenges within the various contexts in which adults learn English.
Open to the public
To register click on the appropriate link below
$25 per participant
$15 for New School students, faculty, and staff
$15 for current and former TESLA certificate and other Academy students at the Literacy Assistance Center
LAC and ETS HiSET® Announce Partnership
June 26, 2015
The Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) is proud to announce that it has partnered with the Educational Testing Service (ETS®) to provide professional development and technical assistance to adult educators in states that have adopted ETS’s HiSET® exam. The HiSET® is an alternative high school equivalency test currently offered in California, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wyoming, along with U.S. territories Guam, Northern Marianas, American Samoa and The Republic of Palau.
The LAC’s programming will consist of webinars, workshops, on-site services, coaching for increasing instructor efficiency as well as technological integration into course instruction. The LAC's main goal is to cultivate a community of effective education professionals who are preparing students to earn their high school equivalency certificates and become better prepared for college and careers.
"At the LAC, we envision a future where everyone has the opportunity to actively participate in civic affairs, achieve economic security, support their children's schooling and more," said Ira Yankwitt, Executive Director of the LAC." By teaming up with ETS®, we can help more adults achieve this."
"This is a great opportunity for us to help those who are at the forefront of education - teachers," explains Jonn Oswald, Vice President & General Manager, K-12 Student Assessment Programs at ETS®. "We're looking forward to assisting the community in preparing their students for future success."
For more information about ETS's® HiSET® program, please visit http://hiset.ets.org/.
Library of Congress Literacy Awards
October 10, 2014
The LAC was honored to be recognized on October 8, 2014 by the Library of Congress as one of 14 US-based and international "Best Practices" organizations. Through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad.
The awards also encourage the continuing development of innovative methods for combating illiteracy and the wide dissemination of the most effective practices. They are intended to draw public attention to the continuing need for literacy services and to increase awareness of the importance of literacy.
By recognizing current achievements, the awards seek to inspire organizations, foundations, and other private sector groups to become involved in combating illiteracy.
Read more at this link http://www.read.gov/documents/best-practices2014-for-web.pdf (the LAC is on page 19)
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