Leadership Training 2017-2018

VALUEUSA conducts face-to-face leadership trainings with local literacy program staff members and adult learners to help them work together to improve their program. Ultimately, the training will help respond to student engagement demands under the current Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation by training the staff and adult learners on critical thinking skills, organization structures, priority setting, organizing skills, strategic planning and more.

All of this at virtually no cost to the program itself. Previous participants also report that by working in tandem with learners, adult learner involvement has enhanced recruitment, retention, resources, and reform in their program. Contact us today to schedule your training!

CAPE Research Project 2017-2018

The Critiquing Adult Participation in Education (CAPE) research is a national research project designed to meet the needs for greater knowledge. According to PIAAC, millions of US adults need basic skills. Current adult education resources serve approximately 10% of these adults annually, leaving 30 million without participation. The deterrents and the solutions are pressing issues for policymakers and adult educators. The CAPE research will answer those questions by surveying adults in two states on their motivations to forego education and find solutions to boost participation.

How can you help? VALUEUSA would greatly appreciate your suggestion of a major city in your state, as well as contacts with local adult education programs in that city and smaller communities within an hour’s drive, that could refer VALUEUSA to potential host organizations. Contact us at office@valueusa.org or call (484) 443-8457.

We Can Deliver Letters to Your Senators

While in Washington, D.C. VALUEUSA is able to hand-deliver letters directed at your Senators! We are doing this as we know that a good number of people who would like to join the Leadership Institute don't have the means to do so. That's why everyone is invited to write the letters and we will make sure to personally deliver a hard copy to each and every Senator. This way you can still be part of the event while not being in Washington, DC!

You can send us letters by e-mail at office@valueusa.org or a hard copy by mail at this address:        

1 West 2nd Street
Media, PA 19063

Look over these templates if you've never written a letter to a Senator before:  See Templates

ALLIES Research Report - Part 3

ALLIES Research Final Year Leadership Report: Connections of Critical Thinking Measures with Learner Experiences by Usha Paulson and Margaret Becker Patterson

This is the third on a series of reports for the ALLIES research project dedicated to evaluate how adult learners can benefit a program as they pursue learning and leadership goals.

Read previous reports here

National Adult Literacy Congress

30 years ago, the first national adult learner convention took place in Congress Hall, Philadelphia to address important literacy issues in the United States. Student representatives of adult literacy programs from 51 states voiced these issues and their recommended solutions. It was a first event of its kind in gathering student from around the country to address problems and discuss adult literacy.

Two years later, a second National Adult Literacy Congress was held in Washington, DC to go over into those issues more extensively.