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OVAE, NIFL Invest in Great Cities Summit
OVAE and National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) recently announced a joint two-year federal investment of $814,308 to conduct a 24-month Great Cities Summit 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. Applications for the Great Cities Summit will be available soon, with more information to follow from OVAE.
New NRS Software Now Available Online
OVAE has just implemented new online software for the National Reporting System (NRS) designed to make states' reporting of adult education data easier. State directors now can go to one place online to prepare statistical, financial, narrative and data quality reports for OVAE. They can also complete OVAE's data quality checklist more easily because they now can save and print their responses at any point if they need to work on text explanations or create a data improvement plan.
Federal Funding to Boost Data Quality Available Now
The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) has posted an interactive "roadmap" that identifies federal funding sources states can use for data-related activities. This roadmap contains links to relevant legislation, including the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and related guidance; it also reflects and new funding under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act .You can browse the site for resources available in your state and view action steps states can take to improve data quality. The DQC is a national, collaborative effort to encourage and support state policymakers in improving the availability and use of high-quality education data to improve student achievement. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was DQC's founding funder, and additional support has been provided by the Casey Family Programs, the Lumina Foundation for Education and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.
Arizona Using ARRA To Ease College Funding Cuts
Arizona Gov. Janice Brewer has announced the release of $8.9 million new funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to community colleges. The outlays are going to colleges in Pima, Yavapai, Cochise, Mohave and Graham counties. Also slated to receive ARRA support as soon their governing boards approve receipt of the funds are community colleges in Gila, Coconino, Maricopa, Navajo, Pinal and Yuma/La Paz counties. These funds will allow the state's community colleges to limit tuition increases, prevent personnel reductions and create jobs.
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