2010 National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) Literacy Leadership Awards

National Coalition for Literacy to Honor Adult Literacy Leaders

WASHINGTON – The National Coalition for Literacy (NCL) will present the 2010 NCL Literacy Leadership Awards at a reception in Washington, DC on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. The awards recognize individuals and/or organizations that have made extraordinary national contributions to improving literacy and raising awareness of the adult literacy and English language learning needs in the United States.

NCL will recognize the following outstanding individuals and organizations:

  • Senator Thomas Harkin (IA), and his staff of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee have been instrumental in supporting adult education at the federal level as well as representing the needs of America’s working families.
  • Representative John Yarmuth (KY), a tireless advocate for literacy since his election in 2007, supporting family literacy programs, championing Even Start programs for the most vulnerable families in poverty, and introducing the 2009 Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act.
  • English Under the Arches led by Betsy McKay, Director of Bilingual Leadership Development for McDonald’s USA LLC, an award-winning program for developing English language and literacy skills for its bilingual managers and manager trainees.
  • Kentucky Education Television (KET), Kentucky’s public broadcasting network since 1968, a leading producer of adult basic skills and workplace education programming. LiteracyLink’s Workplace Essential Skills and GED Connection series, both produced by KET, and made available to 87% of American households through public broadcasting.
  • Archie Willard, long time student advocate and leader who has nurtured the development of adult learner leaders, through his early support and leadership of VALUE, the national student organization.

Speaking about English Under the Arches, Literacy Leader awardee Betsy McKay, Director of Bilingual Leadership Development for McDonald’s USA LLC, describes the “win-win-win” thinking behind the program that has helped hundreds of employees improve their English on the job and advance in their employment. “The individuals gain English they use at work and in other parts of their lives, customers win because the staff would be better equipped to handle their needs, and the restaurants win by having better running operations and shift managers with more flexibility.”  Gaining English language and literacy proficiency opens doors to numerous opportunities and further advancement for program graduates. English Under the Arches represents an innovative model of adult education that works. (English Under the Arches is the registered trademark of McDonald’s Corporation and its affiliates.)

The reception is supported by a generous grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

NCL (www.national-coalition-literacy.org) is a national adult education leadership organization comprised of member organizations and adult education professionals, committed to promoting adult education and literacy, family literacy, and English language development in the United States.  NCL seeks to advance adult education, language, and literacy by fostering collaboration and advocacy at the national level among public and private organizations.                            ###

Contact: Heidi Silver-Pacuilla;                                                                                                             American Institutes for Research




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