Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy

MISSION

To advance the field of literacy through collaborative research, development, outreach, and leadership to improve practice, expanding access to high quality education and enriching the lives of individuals and children.

INITIATIVES

Focus on the contexts of career pathways and workplace, families and health

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SERVICES

Our experienced staff assists providers with:

  • Program design and delivery
  • Customized instructional materials
  • Professional development (including distance learning)
  • Customized assessment development
  • Program evaluations

Pathways to Education Initiative

Through the Pathways to Education Initiative, the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy (ISAL), Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC), the North Central Workforce Development Board (NCWDB), the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board (SAWDB), and Pennsylvania College of Technology partnered with adult education providers and local training providers to develop new Integrated Education and Training (IET) opportunities across 21 counties in Pennsylvania. 

By providing adult education and literacy activities concurrently and contextually with workforce training for a specific occupation, these IET programs aim to increase the ability of individuals with low basic skills to earn valued occupational credentials, obtain well-paying jobs, and sustain rewarding careers in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors.  The initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2015 Sector Partnership National Dislocated Worker Grant program through the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The Integrated Education Initiative (IET) Library houses the products of the Pathways to Employment Initiative along with useful IET resources for providers and partners.

America Reads

Family Literacy

Career Pathways