Archive for the ‘Public Awareness’ Category

Classroom Civics Activity – Adult Education Advocacy

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Speak-outDevelop an advocacy campaign for this year. Calendar times when you and your students will reach out to legislators. States with strong local advocacy programs generally plan on making at least six contacts with their state legislators throughout the year. It is best when 80% of those contacts come from students.

Some things you might choose to do:

  1. Invite legislators to talk to students
  2. Have students send notes of congratulations.
  3. Have all program students write a letter to the Governor about why they need adult education and how it is helping them transition to postsecondary and /or employment.
  4. Have students write the invitation inviting them to sit in on some classes.
  5. Provide an opportunity for some students to share their stories about why access to adult education is so important to them.
  6. Have students who have been studying citizenship or US history write to express what they value about our democratic society and invite the candidate to talk about that.

Download the Classroom-Civics-Activity-Advocacy package (PDF)

Included in this package are:

  1. A) Website resource for students to find out which district they live in and who their Nevada representatives are.
  2. B) Letter writing campaign template

Governor Sandoval Recognizes Nevada Adult Education

Monday, June 16th, 2014



Spotlight on Nevada’s Department of Education

Each week, Governor Sandoval recognizes exceptional achievements, successful programs and initiatives, and a standard of excellence in the work that is being done every day in State government in Nevada. In the spotlight this week is the Nevada Department of Education’s ongoing effort to provide critical high school equivalency and alternative education opportunities that help to reduce unemployment and enhance Nevada’s workforce.

Beginning this year, the State of Nevada became the first in the nation to provide multiple options for High School Equivalency (HSE) assessments. These educational assessments are the basis for awarding thousands of Nevadans a state-issued High School Equivalency Certificate, which affords them a higher likelihood of securing employment. The assessments allow test-takers to demonstrate proficiency in the academic skills that are necessary not only for success on the job, but in postsecondary studies as well. There are nearly 300,000 adults in Nevada who currently lack a high school diploma or an equivalent. By offering multiple methods for obtaining a HSE Certificate, the Department of Education is expanding the pathway to professional success for thousands of Nevadans whose employment opportunities would otherwise be limited.

Nevada’s expanded HSE offerings were recently showcased during the Inaugural Nevada Correctional Education Consortium (NCEC) graduation ceremony last month. The ceremony was the first of the 2014 academic year and was also the first ever to take place at the Carlin Conservation Camp in Elko County. During the ceremony, inmates received HSE Certificates after having completed programs that increased their career readiness skills and technical proficiencies. Studies show that inmates who complete these types of programs are less likely to recidivate than those who do not participate in educational programs, and every dollar spent on basic adult education within the criminal justice system yields a six dollar return on the investment.

The Governor is proud to recognize the success of the Nevada Department of Education’s innovative expansion of high school equivalency opportunities and to shine the spotlight on the dedicated efforts of the Nevada Correctional Education Consortium in helping to make employment and professional success a reality for many Nevadans across the Silver State.

Guidelines for Advocacy Efforts by Public Employees and Non-Profits

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Get the skinny on what activities are allowed and which actions can run you afoul of rules and regulation for public employees and officers of 501(c)(3) organizations.

PDF DocumentClick Here to Download


Thanks to the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE) for this informational paper on how to properly carry out advocacy efforts.

American Jobs Act – Impact for Nevada

Friday, September 9th, 2011

On September 8, President Obama unveiled his plan to create jobs, the American Jobs Act. You can find complete details here. The White House released a paper outlining the impact to each state. We obtained a copy from the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) . You can download the full report here. The excerpt below details the impact his plan would have on Nevada.



The American people understand that the economic crisis and the deep recession weren’t created overnight and won’t be solved overnight. The economic security of the middle class has been under attack for decades. That’s why President Obama believes we need to do more than just recover from this economic crisis – we need to rebuild the economy the American way, based on balance, fairness, and the same set of rules for everyone from Wall Street to Main Street.  We can work together to create the jobs of the future by helping small business entrepreneurs, by investing in education, and by making things the world buys. The President understands that to restore an American economy that’s built to last we cannot afford to outsource American jobs and encourage reckless financial deals that put middle class security at risk.


To create jobs, the President unveiled the American Jobs Act – nearly all of which is made up of ideas that have been supported by both Democrats and Republicans, and that Congress should pass right away to get the economy moving now. The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple: put more people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans. And it would do so without adding a dime to the deficit. The American Jobs Act has five components:



1. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Small Businesses Hire and Grow

•             The President’s plan will cut the payroll tax in half to 3.1% for employers on the first $5 million in wages, providing broad tax relief to all businesses but targeting it to the 98 percent of firms with wages below this level. In Nevada, 50,000 firms will receive a payroll tax cut under the American Jobs Act.


2. Putting Workers Back on the Job While Rebuilding and Modernizing America

•             The President’s plan includes $50 billion in immediate investments for highways, transit, rail and aviation, helping to modernize an infrastructure that now receives a grade of “D” from the American Society of Civil Engineers and putting hundreds of thousands of construction workers back on the job. Of the investments for highway and transit modernization projects, the President’s plan will make immediate investments of at least $250,800,000 in Nevada that could support a minimum of approximately 3,300 local jobs.

•             The President is proposing to invest $35 billion to prevent layoffs of up to 280,000 teachers, while supporting the hiring of tens of thousands more and keeping cops and firefighters on the job. These funds would help states and localities avoid and reverse layoffs now, and will provide $258,300,000 in funds to Nevada to support up to 3,600 educator and first responder jobs.

•             The President is proposing a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools – investments that will create jobs, while improving classrooms and upgrading our schools to meet 21st century needs.  Nevada will receive $168,400,000 in funding to support as many as 2,200 jobs.

•             The President is proposing to invest $15 billion in a national effort to put construction workers on the job rehabilitating and refurbishing hundreds of thousands of vacant and foreclosed homes and businesses. Nevada could receive about $585,600,000 to revitalize and refurbish local communities, in addition to funds that would be available through a competitive application.

•             The President’s plan proposes $5 billion of investments for facilities modernization needs at community colleges. Investment in modernizing community colleges fills a key resource gap, and ensures these local, bedrock education institutions have the facilities and equipment to address current workforce demands in today’s highly technical and growing fields. Nevada could receive $39,100,000 in funding in the next fiscal year for its community colleges.


3. Pathways Back to Work for Americans Looking for Jobs.

•             Drawing on the best ideas of both parties and the most innovative states, the President is proposing the most sweeping reforms to the unemployment insurance (UI) system in 40 years help those without jobs transition to the workplace. This could help put the 88,000 long-term unemployed workers in Nevada back to work.

•             Alongside these reforms, the President is reiterating his call to extend unemployment insurance, preventing 35,200 people looking for work in Nevada from losing their benefits in just the first 6 weeks.  And, across the country, the number saved from losing benefits would triple by the end of the year.

•             The President is proposing a new Pathways Back to Work Fund to provide hundreds of thousands of low-income youth and adults with opportunities to work and to achieve needed training in growth industries. Pathways Back to Work could place 1,400 adults and 3,300 youths in jobs in Nevada.


4. Tax Relief for Every American Worker and Family

•             The President’s plan will expand the payroll tax cut passed last December by cutting workers payroll taxes in half next year. A typical household in Nevada, with a median income of around $51,000, will receive a tax cut of around $1,580.


5. Fully Paid for as Part of the President’s Long-Term Deficit Reduction Plan.

•             To ensure that the American Jobs Act is fully paid for, the President will call on the Joint Committee to come up with additional deficit reduction necessary to pay for the Act and still meet its deficit target. The President will, in the coming days, release a detailed plan that will show how we can do that while achieving the additional deficit reduction necessary to meet the President’s broader goal of stabilizing our debt as a share of the economy.

COABE and NCL Announce Two Advocacy Preconferences

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
COABE 2011 Conference

COABE 2011 Conference

The Commission on Adult Basic Education and the National Coalition for Literacy are pleased to bring you the following two half-day advocacy preconferences. To add a preconference to your existing registration modify your registration or contact the COABE office if you need assistance (888-442-6223 or


8:30 – 11:30 am

Effective Advocacy Strategies

Featuring practical strategies for planning and implementing a successful grassroots advocacy program. Join this session to hear how advocates have run successful campaigns to increase funding and save adult education from cuts. Explore effective advocacy strategies and leave with resources and a plan to implement when you return home. Workshop format.
• Kathi Medcalf, Past President, Maine Adult Education Association and Director, Sanford Adult & Community Education
• Marsha L. Tait, National Coalition for Literacy Grant Manager
• Jackie Taylor, Advocacy Chair, National Coalition for Literacy and Incoming President-Elect, COABE

Room: Union Square 21


12:30 – 3:30 pm

Leveraging Social Media for Grassroots Advocacy

Join this hands-on interactive session on using social media to advocate for adult education. Based on new research in adult education, see how to engage social media activists and impact adult education policy on the Hill. Get peer and expert coaching. Develop your own social media strategy you can use not to advance your advocacy goals.
• Cheryl Contee, Partner, Fission Strategy
• Jackie Taylor, Advocacy Chair, National Coalition for Literacy and Incoming President-Elect, COABE
• Marsha L. Tait, Dollar General Grant Manager, National Coalition for Literacy
• Cassandra M. Brown, Senior Specialist, Communications & Marketing, GED® Testing Service
• Laura Porfirio, Civics Program Advanced Program Coordinator , Pima Community College Adult Education
• Regina Suitt, Pima Community College, Advanced Program Manager, Adult Education Services
• John Segota, Director of Advocacy, Standards and Professional Relations, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.

Room: Union Square 21

Student Success Stories

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Fight for Nevada

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Signature Petition Drive

If you believe that funding cuts to K-12 and the Nevada System of Higher Education are not solutions for the state’s budget crisis, then consider adding your name to Fight for Nevada: A Petition in Defense of Education.

The Fight for Nevada website is sponsored by The Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN) and has collected thousands of signature from alumnus, alumna, students, faculty, staff, and supporters of Nevada’s institutions of higher education.

TMCC Advocacy Efforts Result in Letter from Congresswoman Titus

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Truckee Meadows Community College’s ESL and GED students undertook a letter-writing campaign this spring and summer to thank their legislators for their support of Adult Basic Education. Over 200 thank you letters were sent to state and national representatives. Click here for a recent response from U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus.