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Adult Literacy

Interacting with the Incarcerated: One Teacher's Experience

Allison Alter | Posted 04.01.2017 | Crime
Allison Alter

For so long I assumed a global evil, but at its face encounter they were just people. There was nothing mysterious or unfamiliar, only their choices leading them down a certain path I knew others avoided through some chance or another.

Philadelphia Tackles Literacy Crisis With Innovative Program

XPRIZE | Posted 11.04.2016 | Education

Five years ago, more than half a million adults in Philadelphia lacked basic literacy and work skills, imperiling their ability to land jobs and climb out of poverty, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board reported.

The Largest EdTech Opportunity No One is Tackling

XPRIZE | Posted 08.25.2016 | Education

There are 36 million adults in the United States -- nearly 15% of the adult population -- who read at what are called "basic" and "below-basic" levels.

Literacy Changes Lives

XPRIZE | Posted 06.21.2016 | Education

Most people would be shocked to learn that 36 million Americans lack basic literacy skills. The ability to read allows a person to unlock a world of possibilities.

Barbara Bush Celebrates 90th Birthday, Shares Her Anti-Aging Secret

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

To celebrate her 90th birthday on Monday, former first lady Barbara Bush let us in on her secret to looking young -- pearls. During an interview on...

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - Authors, Books, Reading and Literacy

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

What are you reading? What was the last book you read? These are two of my favorite questions to ask in order to jump start a conversation with an old friend or a new acquaintance.

Simple Tips for Creating Patient-Friendly Health Materials

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Clear communication from doctors, nurses, hospitals and clinics is essential for patients to manage their health care effectively. But creating easily understood materials isn't simple.

Women of Istanbul

Melis Figanmese | Posted 06.14.2013 | Impact
Melis Figanmese

In order to provide Founder of Women One and UNICEF Ambassador, Dayle Haddon, with a true understanding of the situation of women in Turkey, Turkish Philanthropy Funds felt it was essential to visit various cities throughout our vast and diverse country. Our first stop on our tour: Istanbul.

Why I'm Recommitting To Obama's Call To Service

Anne Sobel | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Anne Sobel

Regardless of what happens in this election, I'm taking this moment to reflect on Obama's words and recommit to his call to service.

Defeating Poverty: The View From Detroit

Rep. Hansen Clarke | Posted 11.04.2012 | Detroit
Rep. Hansen Clarke

2012-08-27-scblog.pngWe must address the root causes of this crisis. This means dismantling the hidden barriers -- including illiteracy and discrimination -- that keep millions in poverty and without hope.

Literacy Group Helps Battle D.C.'s Secret Struggle

The Huffington Post | Eliza LaJoie | Posted 08.01.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Growing up in North Carolina, Rita Daniels watched the struggles of both her parents' mothers, who were illiterate. One learned to read ...

Why Storytime Matters

Flavia Colgan | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Flavia Colgan

Whether a child is drawn to tales of medieval wizards or stories about the simple lives of everyday children -- storytime encapsulates the way books can channel the young imagination into intellectual growth.

What Would the World Be Like If Everyone Could Read?

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.08.2012 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Over 793 million people around the world cannot read or write. We know that these numbers are shocking, but what do they really mean?

The Old Lady and the Book

George Heymont | Posted 12.27.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new dramas focus on the links between an old woman and a book. In each case, a younger man's interest in reading is the glue that holds the plot together.

How Obama's New Job Bill Can Do a Better Job

David C. Harvey | Posted 10.30.2011 | Politics
David C. Harvey

When Obama announces his new jobs program, ironically after Labor Day, it needs to include education and workforce training for the some 30 million American adults that have a below third grade reading level.

Africa's Poorest Women Can Teach Us How to Manage Our Money

Suzanne Skees | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Suzanne Skees

The mess we made with our wealth We spend and borrow, ignoring tomorrow. Somehow, that became the American way. We max out credit cards and take ou...

World Book Day Reminds That Adult Literacy Is More Essential Than Ever

The Guardian | Victoria Barnsley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

[O]n this World Book Day, if I have one modest wish, it is that, at least for a day, we ponder the real and spiritual poverty of a life lived without ...

A Solution For Infant Mortality? Christian Organization Emphasizes Its Child Survival Program

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The Christian Organization Compassion aims to use its influence and funds to "release children from poverty." Their latest campaign, the Child Surviva...

Small Good News: Extra! Extra! (Help Someone) Read All About It

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

You can't read this, and it has nothing to do with your computer. You can't read your kid's history report or the warranty on your cell phone or a med...

Answering President Obama's Call for Education

David C. Harvey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David C. Harvey

A crisis has been silently brewing in the American workforce for more than a decade. The U.S. Department of Education estimates that 32 million adults are considered to have low literacy skills.

Every Monday Matters: "Learn, Grow, Escape... Read"

Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza

Reading is like exercising -- mental and physical benefits flourish with regular practice. It relaxes, entertains, and inspires your soul. So take time to read... this column doesn't count.