Adult Education Great Cities Summit Project


The DLC was an applicant to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education and the National Institute for Literacy Adult Education Great Cities Summit program. 

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education and the National Institute for Literacy have contracted with the Barrera Associates, Inc., to conduct this twenty-four month initiative. Key education stakeholders from five large cities selected to participate in the summit will discuss best practices for providing adult education in large urban areas during several summit meetings. Participants will assess their cities’ needs, create action plans to address them, learn about available federal resources to support implementation of these plans, form supportive partnerships and establish a network for collaborative peer learning. A major goal of the initiative is to help participants help teachers expand their knowledge of adult reading acquisition and strengthen their teaching skills. This application is for cities interested in participating in the national initiative. 

As part of the initiative, there will be five national meetings (three face to face and two virtual) and five Webinars that precede each Summit. 

The Summit and Webinar dates are:

Webinar 1: February 12, 2010
Summit 1 (face-to-face): week of March 15-19, 2010

Webinar 2: May 21, 2010
Summit 2 (virtual): week of June 21-25, 2010

Webinar 3: September 24, 2010
Summit 3 (face-to-face) week of October 18-22, 2010

Webinar 4: January 31, 2011
Summit 4 (virtual) week of February 28-March 4, 2011

Webinar 5: May 20, 2011
Summit 5 (face-to-face) week of June 27-July 1, 2011


In addition, technical support will be provided in your city between meetings by Literacy Powerline and other selected experts who align with your city’s most pressing adult education issues. Literacy Powerline links stakeholders, neighborhoods and services together across funding streams and program types to increase literacy levels through coordinated, high-accountability service provision. Since 2000, Literacy Powerline has provided a wide range of consulting services to communities, urban and regional literacy coalitions and services providers across the lifespan.

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