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The Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA)

CAELA is a federally funded department of CAL that helps states build their capacity to promote English language learning and academic achievement of adults learning English and provides technical assistance to adult ESL teachers, programs, and states.

Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)

CAL is a private, nonprofit organization working to improve communication through better understanding of language and culture. CAL has a national and international reputation for its contributions to the fields of bilingual, English as a second language, literacy, and foreign language education; language policy; refugee orientation; and the education of linguistically and culturally diverse adults and children.

Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL)

Founded in 2001, CAAL’s mission is to help advance adult education and literacy in the United States – to move adult literacy out of the shadows into the mainstream of American education, as required by the nation’s 21st century needs.

Illinois Adult and Continuing Educator's Association (IACEA)

The mission of the Illinois Adult and Continuing Educator's Association (IACEA) is to provide leadership, representation and advocacy for adult education and literacy practitioners in order to advance, unify and professionalize the field.

International Literacy Association

The International Literacy Association is a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. The mission of the International Literacy Association is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.

Literacy Information and Communication System (LINCS)

The Literacy Information and Communication System, commonly referred to as LINCS, is a national dissemination, resource gathering, and professional development system providing information on a wide variety of literacy relevant topics, issues, and resources.

National Adult Education Honor Society

The mission of the National Adult Education Honor Society is to provide meaningful recognition to deserving adult education students, to improve student employment opportunities, to develop student ambassadors for local adult education programs and to create adult education awareness with school administrators and state legislators.

National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)

The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults age 16 and older. Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NAAL is the nation's most comprehensive measure of adult literacy since the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS).

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)

NCFL is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is the advancement and support of family literacy services through programming, training, research and advocacy.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

NCLD is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.

National Coalition for Literacy

The National Coalition for Literacy is a coalition of agencies whose mission is to advance adult education, family literacy, and English language acquisition in the U.S. by increasing public awareness for the need to increase funding and programs; promoting effective public policy; and serving as an authoritative resource on national adult education issues.

National Literacy Directory

The National Literacy Directory helps individuals find local literacy and education programs and GED testing centers in their area. The directory contains over 7,000 educational agencies located across the United States. To find programs, users search by zip code, or city and state; and distance.

ProLiteracy Worldwide

ProLiteracy Worldwide is an international organization whose purpose is to champion the power of literacy to improve the lives of adults and their families, communities, and societies.