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Jackie A. Taylor jackie at jataylor.net
Fri Jun 18 15:57:48 EDT 2010

Contact: Heidi Silver-Pacuilla

June 17, 2010
American Institutes for Research


HSilver-Pacuilla at air.org


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
<http://www.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/literacy_promo.aspx> 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. ###

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